Beef Tips with my favorite rice

One of my favorite meals has always been beef tips and rice. Over the years, as I have grown, my tastes have changed, but still my favorite meal has stayed the same.

It all started with my mom. I am sure most of us can trace our favorite meals back to something our mom cooked. These remind us of home, our childhood, and memories. All the things we are fond to think back on. Back to my mom though, she was a whiz of making supper out of nothing.  However, this was not one of those times. I can remember many times we have had things which were close to beef tips, but never was.  She decided to use the last of the rice and stew meat. She also made her own gravy.  I was not expecting the result. It was truly amazing and I couldn’t wait for her to make it again.  Surely there were other times she made this but the first time is what sticks in my mind.

I wanted to share this experience with my daughter and husband. My first few attempts were not as successful as I would have liked. There was something I was missing and I could not figure it out. The rice always clumped together and made a very sticky mess. Even by following the directions on the package the rice was still sticky. My quest continued for the best beef tips.

Finally, I found the perfect rice for this dish. I happened to stumble upon it at my first blog conference. Riceland was one of the sponsors for both the conference and the Saturday lunch I attended. At the lunch we all got a box of some of Riceland’s products. One of which, I had not heard of, was Riceland Gold Parboiled Long Grain Rice.20161031_114906

I didn’t know how I wanted to use it. The rice sat in my freezer waiting for me to figure how to put into use. Then the light went off in my head. You haven’t tried this for beef tips. At first it seemed a little scary because I do not have a great track record of cooking rice. If you have the same problem this rice should be your go to.  When this was cooked the rice was so tender and the best part… it didn’t become one sticky mess!! Y’all in that instant this rice became my favorite.

Fast forward four years and I am still using this rice. Now when my daughter sees me get this out of the freezer she knows it is time to have her favorite supper too. I wanted to share our super easy recipe for beef tips and rice since you spent all this time reading with me. I cook for a family of three and enough to have leftovers the next day so it will be different if you just want to cook a single meal. Just reduce the amounts accordingly.


2 lbs of stew meat

1 ½ cartons of unsalted beef stock

3 tablespoons of better than boullion beef base

Brown gravy (enough to make 3 cups) mix

Salt and pepper to taste

Put your meat into the crockpot and season. Add the beef stock, brown gravy, and beef base. Stir well. Set on high for 6 hours.

In the last 30 minutes of the cook time, cook your Riceland Gold rice according to the back of the package.  I cook 6 servings of the rice.  But instead of using water use the correct amount of beef stock.

Put rice in bottom of bowl and add the meat and gravy to the top. It is really that simple.


You can buy the Riceland Gold rice here. What is your favorite rice?

Until we next meet,


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Family Dinner Night

We like to have family dinner night each week. This is where there is no cell phones, no TV, nothing besides Glitter Bug, Hubby, and Mamma. 
Each week one of us gets to decide what we are going to have.(This week was my turn.) All of us have a weakness for a good home made taco,  so tacos it is. 

We love our olives!

Now, the season we use it not from a package. It made sense to Hubby and I to try to make our own seasoning since we both love to cook and we are trying to be healthier. After many different combinations we found one which tastes wonderful! Plus it is Gluten Free!!  With so many people having problems with gluten this is a great recipe to share. I am guess you want me to share right?! Okay, don’t worry I love to share yummy stuff.
Homemade Gluten free Taco Season
1/2 cup chili powder
1/4 cup of onion powder
2 Tablespoons of ground cumin
2 to 3 Tablespoons of garlic powder
1 Tablespoon of Paprika 
dash of cayenne pepper (just for taste)
2 to 3 Tablespoons of corn starch (for thickening)
Mix all together and put in air tight container.
Use 2 Tablespoons and 3/4 cup water per pound of meat. 

Homemade Taco seasoning

With ours we use more garlic because we love it. Also this is great not just for tacos. When Hubby cooks he uses it lightly as a seasoning especially with roast.  
I hope you give it a try and let me know.
Until we next meet,

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