Beef Chunks in Sour Cream – A Slow Cooked Cubed Beef Recipe

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Looking for a hearty meal that satisfies the meat and potato lovers in your life? This Beef Chunks in Sour Cream recipe makes its own gravy that is perfect served over mashed potatoes, rice or buttered noodles.

This slow cooked cubed beef recipe creates tender pieces of meat that you can cut with a fork. If you need a beef stew meat recipe for those packages of meat in the freezer, this one is for you!

Beef Chunks in Sour Cream – A Slow Cooked Cubed Beef Recipe

I was on the hunt for a blueberry recipe in my Minnesota Centennial Cook Book, and suddenly it was like “Squirrel”, and I landed on this Sour Cream Cubed Beef Recipe.

You know what I mean, right. You are on one path, and it’s like when a dog sees a squirrel, and suddenly you are on a completely different path.  This happens to me a lot.

Well I’m sure glad it did, because this beef chunks in sour cream recipe is awesome. I ended up making it for lunch the same day with some beef stew meat in the freezer.

I am always looking for new ways to use beef stew meat. This one is very much like a Beef Stroganoff without cream of mushroom soup.  But, I would have to say it’s better!  I made it on the stove-top but it would be perfect for the Crock Pot or Slow Cooker, too.

Beef Stroganoff Without Cream of Mushroom Soup

The simple ingredients in this slow cooked cubed beef recipe are probably already in your pantry and refrigerator.

The beef stroganoff gravy is flavored with a few dried herbs and spices including salt, dried oregano, dried basil and paprika.  Want to know a little secret? If you have either dried oregano or dried basil but not both, just double the amount of the one you do have and run with it. I may or may not have done that a time or two myself.

Sour cream is the key ingredient in this beef stew meat with gravy.  It’s actually a very important ingredient when using up that tough beef stew meat from the freezer.

What does sour cream do to meat? Sour cream acts as a tenderizer for the meat because it is a high acidic food. The acid in the sour cream helps break down the tough meat fibers for a more tender dish.

How do you make beef stew meat tender?

There’s two important steps to making tough beef stew meat fork tender.

  1. The Cooking Method
  2. Tenderizing Ingredients

First, beef stew meat should be cooked in a low and slow method. This could either be in the crock pot or slow cooker, or in the stove or on the stove-top on a low heat for a longer time.  A good example would be to simmer the beef stew meat in a gravy on low while covered on the stove top.

Secondly, your recipe for beef stew meat should include some type of high acid food such as sour cream, vinegar, fruit juice, beer or wine, coffee or some type of cola. The natural acids in these food will help break down the tough meat fibers for a more chewable dish.

Beef Stew Meat with Gravy Ingredients:

Cubed Beef (also called Beef Stew Meat)

Vegetable Oil

Onions, thinly sliced

Sour Cream

Mushrooms, sliced

Dried Basil

Dried Oregano

Salt

Paprika

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How to Make Slow Cooked Beef Cubes in Sour Cream:

For the full ingredient amounts and instructions for sour cream beef stew meat, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven.
  2. Coat beef stew meat in flour.
  3. Brown floured beef stew meat in hot oil. You may need to do this in batches, adding more oil between each batch.
  4. Remove all browned beef stew meat to a plate.
  5. Brown onion slices in same oil.
  6. Add beef stew meat, sour cream, mushrooms, salt, dried oregano and basil, and paprika to the onions, and stir.
  7. Cover and cook on low heat, stirring often until meat is tender and gravy is formed.
  8. Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or buttered noodles.

Notes About Beef Chunks in Sour Cream – A Slow Cooked Cubed Beef Recipe:

  • Try browning the cubed beef in batches to ensure they get a nice brown color. If you overcrowd the pan, the beef doesn’t brown as well. Just remove the beef to a plate once browned, and add a new batch.  You may need to add more oil to the pan too.
  • If you have either dried oregano or dried basil, but not both, just double the amount of the one you have.
  • When you have all of the ingredients in the pan, cover it and cook on low, letting it simmer slowly. Stir occasionally.
  • When you first add the sour cream and other ingredients to the beef, it will be very thick.  It will form its own gravy as it cooks.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or buttered noodles.
  • This recipe can be made in the Crock Pot too.  After browning the cubed beef and mushrooms, add all ingredients to the slow cooker insert, cover and cook on low until the meat is tender.
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Recipes Using Beef Stew Meat

Beef stew meat can be intimidating to use as it’s often tough pieces of meat, but trust us when we say it’s worth finding some recipes featuring this cut of beef. Here are a few of our favorites:

Beef Chunks in Sour Cream is a Slow Cooked Cubed Beef Recipe.  This beef stew meat recipe makes it's own gravy making it perfect over mashed potatoes, rice or buttered noodles. 
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Beef Chunks in Sour Cream - A Slow Cooked Cubed Beef Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef chunks in sour cream, recipes using beef stew meat, slow cooked cubed beef recipe, sour cream beef chunks
Servings: 6 people
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 3 - 5 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 -3 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 small onions, sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil.
  • Roll beef cubes in flour,
    Beef Chunks in Sour Cream is a Slow Cooked Cubed Beef Recipe.  This beef stew meat recipe makes it's own gravy making it perfect over mashed potatoes, rice or buttered noodles. 
  • Brown floured beef in batches in oil. Add more oil between batches if needed.
    Beef Chunks in Sour Cream is a Slow Cooked Cubed Beef Recipe.  This beef stew meat recipe makes it's own gravy making it perfect over mashed potatoes, rice or buttered noodles. 
  • Remove all browned beef to a plate. Brown onions in same pan, adding more oil, if needed.
    Beef Chunks in Sour Cream is a Slow Cooked Cubed Beef Recipe.  This beef stew meat recipe makes it's own gravy making it perfect over mashed potatoes, rice or buttered noodles. 
  • To the onions, add browned beef, sour cream, mushrooms, oregano, basil, salt and paprika and stir.
    Beef Chunks in Sour Cream is a Slow Cooked Cubed Beef Recipe.  This beef stew meat recipe makes it's own gravy making it perfect over mashed potatoes, rice or buttered noodles. 
  • Cover and simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally. Cook approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes or until gravy forms and meat is tender.
    Beef Chunks in Sour Cream is a Slow Cooked Cubed Beef Recipe.  This beef stew meat recipe makes it's own gravy making it perfect over mashed potatoes, rice or buttered noodles. 
  • Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or buttered noodles.
    Beef Chunks in Sour Cream is a Slow Cooked Cubed Beef Recipe.  This beef stew meat recipe makes it's own gravy making it perfect over mashed potatoes, rice or buttered noodles. 

Notes

  • Try browning the cubed beef in batches to ensure they get a nice brown color. If you overcrowd the pan, the beef doesn't brown as well. Just remove the beef to a plate once browned, and add a new batch.  You may need to add more oil to the pan too.
  • If you have either dried oregano or dried basil, but not both, just double the amount of the one you have. 
  • Cover the pan, and cook on low, letting it simmer slowly. Stir occasionally.
  • When you first add the sour cream and other ingredients to the beef, it will be very thick.  It will form it's own gravy as it cooks. 
  • Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or buttered noodles. 
  • This recipe can be made in the Crock Pot too.  After browning the cubed beef and mushrooms, add all ingredients to the slow cooker insert, cover and cook on low. 
  • Have more beef stew meat? Try our go-to recipe Mom's Beef Stew

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2 Comments

  1. I love this recipe. I understand now why my stew comes out tough. The taste is excellent and I love that it has minimal ingredients. Served it on top a bed of pasta.

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