Slow cooker steak bites are juicy, fall-apart tender, and flavorful pieces of meat without all the fuss of having to cook a whole steak! This dump-and-set recipe is pure comfort food that is best served over mashed potatoes or noodles to soak up the delicious gravy!
Crockpot Steak Bites
They’re bite-size so my kids love them and because they’re so full of flavor, it’s also one of my meat-loving husband’s favorite meals, too! Truly a family favorite.
Steak is no longer reserved for special occasions or Sunday dinner, crockpot steak bites are an effortless way of getting dinner on the table any night of the week!
No matter how you serve them, they will be devoured quickly!
Why you’ll love Slow Cooker Steak Bites
Effortless – No more standing at the grill or stove checking for doneness. You just set the slow cooker and have time to concentrate on side dishes or nothing at all!
Tasty – The aromatics and seasonings give the beef so much rich flavor. In the end, you’ll even have some au jus to enjoy.
Freezer-friendly – Keep leftovers frozen for a while. Thaw and reheat and bam! Dinner is served.
Customizable – Use a different cut of beef or additional seasonings (try Montreal steak seasoning). There are plenty of ways to make it your own.
Easy weeknight meal – You just dump the ingredients in the pot before school or work and set it and forget it until you’re ready to serve them at the end of a busy day. It is recommended to stir every once in a while, but even if you don’t, they still come out perfect every time.
Equipment you’ll need
- Slow Cooker – You’ll need at least a 6 quart slow cooker, up to an 8 quart.
- Knife – A good quality kitchen knife can be a game changer. Especially when slicing meat.
- Tongs – For transferring small cubes of beef from the skillet to the crockpot without making a mess.
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
- Sirloin Steak – Round steak, chuck roast, or beef stew meat can also be used. If it doesn’t already come in cubes, cut them into small pieces, usually around 1″ cubes. It can be easier to cut meat when it’s still slightly frozen.
- Kosher Salt & Black Pepper – A bit of seasoning to draw out the flavors of the meat. We’re using kosher salt which contains larger granules than regular salt, so it’ll extract the flavor without being too salty.
- Olive oil – Used to sear the steak bites to give them that beautiful crust on the outside to lock in the moisture of the meat. Also helps them not stick to the pan. Vegetable oil can also be used.
- Small Sweet Onion & Garlic – The pair of aromatics that give the dish a robust flavor and is the base of the gravy.
- Unsalted Beef Stock – Homemade or store-bought, whichever you prefer. Just be sure it’s unsalted as the au jus gravy mix has quite a bit already. Beef broth can also be used.
- Packet Au Jus Gravy Mix – This will add a lot more seasoning and flavor to the natural au jus that results from slow cooking the beef.
- Unsalted Butter – When added to the meat, it melts into the beef cubes adding even more moisture and buttery, melt-in-your-mouth textures.
- Fresh Chopped Parsley – For a pop of color and a vibrant garnish to finish!
How to make Slow Cooker Steak Bites
- STEP ONE: First, toss the steak bites in a large bowl with salt and pepper to season.
- STEP TWO: Then, heat half the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sear all sides of the beef until nicely brown on the outside. Cook in batches, adding more oil as needed, to not overcrowd the pan.
- STEP THREE: Next, place steak into a slow cooker then toss with the onion and garlic. Pour in the beef stock overtop, sprinkle in the au jus packet and add the sliced butter on top of everything.
- STEP FOUR: Finally, cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours. Stir every 30 minutes if you can.
What to serve with Crockpot Beef Tips
We’re big fans of steak and potatoes whether it’s garlic mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes. I’ll usually do a simple veggie side as well like oven roasted carrots, roasted zucchini, or oven roasted garlic green beans.
When I’m serving a larger crowd, I’ll always have a basket of bread on the table and these one hour dinner rolls are always a hit.
If you’re using these steak bites as an appetizer for game day parties, holiday parties, or another type of gathering, have some toothpicks handy and serve them with a dipping sauce.
Tips & Substitutions 🥩
- Sear the beef in batches in a single layer. Overcrowding the skillet will not leave enough room between each one to brown nicely. Instead, it will transfer steam which stops the crust from forming.
- Stir in some seared cremini or button mushrooms at the end for a nice twist.
- Sprinkle in red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.
- Use unsalted beef broth in place of beef stock if you can’t find it.
- You can add additional herbs to make this even more flavorful. A few sprigs of thyme or rosemary would be fantastic.
- A heaping tablespoon of prepared pesto or a squeeze of lemon juice at the end before serving would be welcomed additions as well.
How to reheat and store leftovers
Once completely cooled, store leftover steak bites in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
Can I freeze them?
Yes. Transfer them to a freezer-friendly bag or container and keep them frozen for up to 3 months.
How to reheat leftovers?
Thaw in the fridge overnight and add them back into the slow cooker to warm through. You can also use a skillet over medium-low heat or if you’re just reheating a single serving, you can use the microwave.
How to thicken the au jus into gravy?
If you want a thick gravy, you can add a cornstarch slurry or some flour into the juice at the end.
Do I have to sear the steak first?
You don’t. It does add great flavor but it’s completely optional. You can make it a true dump-and-set crock pot steak bites recipe without adding that step and omitting the oil completely.
What steak is best for slow cooker?
There are plenty of different cuts of meat to use, but some are better than others. Using the low and slow method helps to tenderize the steak tips while the flavors penetrate as it cooks.
I use sirloin tips because not only do they cook tenderly and break down easy, but it’s also lean and cost-effective. I’ll usually stock up when it’s on sale and keep it frozen.
Flank steak is also good, as is chuck, stew meat, and round steak. Stew meat is easy because it already comes cut up.
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