Poor Man's Creamed Beef

Poor Man's Creamed Beef

This simple, 5-ingredient recipe for Poor Man's Creamed Beef is one that has stood the test of time because it is budget-friendly and also incredibly tasty. If you're in need of a quick lunch or dinner fix, this is a great go-to recipe because it's easy to prepare. Just take some dried beef, milk, flour and butter and stir everything together to creamy perfection. Slathered on toast or biscuits, there's nothing more comforting than a vintage chipped beef recipe like this one.


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups milk, warmed
  • 1 or 2 jars dried beef


  1. Melt the butter in a frying pan or saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smoth.
  2. Add the mustard powder and pepper then start adding the warm milk a little at a time whisking constantly. Whisk until smooth then bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. When the sauce comes to a boil, boil 1 minute or until desired thickness.
  4. Rinse the beef under cold water and pat dry. Shred the meat.
  5. Add meat to the sauce and heat.
  6. Serve over toast, waffles or biscuits.


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On your instructions you did not add the flour to the butter and then the rest of the ingredients!!! Of course I have been cooking many years and know what to do, but if you are going to have a person that follows directions to the end they will miss the flour for thickening.

I used to love S*** on a Shingle, or "Chipped Beef On Toast". Same thing as this recipe-without the toast. I have priced the Dried Beef in the jar at several stores in the last few months, & it is just not very economical at all. It's $4 - $5 a jar & it's a small jar!! Why would I pay that for a creamed dish when I could have a steak or seafood for the same amount of $ or less? Nope-craving or no craving-I'll just live without it.

Your directions omitted adding the flour to the melted butter before stirring until smooth.

I mentioned that too, but knowing that should happen for thickening someone that is starting out will miss..

Don't you need to add the flour to the butter to make the roux?

I mentioned that also in my comment!!


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