Chipped Beef

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Recipe: #715

October 17, 2011

"Not sure where I got this recipe from but I do know I have noted that it was a favorite of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. My family enjoys this simple to make meal. It reminds me of when I was first married and didn't know much about cooking. This was an easy one for me."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (188 g)
  • Calories 372.2
  • Total Fat - 28 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 52.4 mg
  • Sodium - 432.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 20.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.6 g
  • Sugars - 0.4 g
  • Protein - 10.6 g
  • Calcium - 68.9 mg
  • Iron - 1.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 7.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.

Step 2

Add beef and butter and cook until beef begins to curl, stirring frequently.

Step 3

Add flour and stir to combine.

Step 4

Add milk slowly while stirring until well combined.

Step 5

Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.

Step 6

Add optional seasonings or vegetables as desired.

Step 7

To adjust consistency: add more milk if the sauce is too thick; add a teaspoon of cornstarch combined with 1/4 cup cold water if it's too thin.

Step 8

Serve warm over toast or mashed potatoes.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Great easy recipe for chipped beef! I used Armour brand, our favorite, which is only 4.5oz. Yes, it's salty but we love it...I even eat it in sandwiches. I added fresh garlic, fresh ground pepper and frozen baby peas. We usually eat this over toast, but I had some mashed potatoes tagged along with this in the recipe tag games, so we had it that way, and it was a very nice comforting meal. I do think the butter could be cut down to lighten it. And if you're not a big salt eater, you can soak the meat in hot water and rinse it before cooking it.

review by:
(23 Feb 2012)


Love it! If you don't like it so salty, you can always try using Budding brand beef in the 3, 4 (doubled) or the 8 oz packages :) Thanks for the recipe CoffeeB!!

review by:
(16 Nov 2011)


Well, I guess it is true, you can't go home again! :) I used to love this when I was a kid (even though my dad, who was a merchant marine during WWII called this s**t on a shingle because they ate a LOT of it on board ship). I had to look in three stores to find the old chipped beef in a jar. I made the recipe as directed and the recipe is written fine, but BOY this stuff is REALLY salty!!!! I don't ever remember this brand of chipped beef being so salty (Hormel). So although I enjoyed the memories this brought back, I will have to stay away from it from now on, unless I can find a different, less salty chipped beef. But your recipe is well written and easy to follow.

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(15 Nov 2011)