Slow Cooker Poor Man’s Cubed Steak with Gravy

While it’s called “Poor Man’s Cubed Steak,” this dish always leaves me feeling like I’ve won the lottery

Looking for a comforting and budget-friendly meal that will satisfy your taste buds? Look no further than Slow Cooker Poor Man’s Cubed Steak.

This recipe takes simple and affordable cube steaks and transforms them into tender, flavorful morsels of goodness.

With just a handful of ingredients and a trusty slow cooker, you can create a hearty dish that will leave your family asking for seconds.

Prepare to be amazed as simple cube steaks take on a new life in the slow cooker.

Nestled in a bath of sauces, these cubes of meat undergo a magical transformation.

As they simmer low and slow, they absorb the savory flavors of the rich concoction, resulting in tender, melt-in-your-mouth bites of pure bliss.

One of our cheap, affordable secrets? Cubed steak.

Why used cubed steak?

Regular steak refers to thicker cuts of beef sourced from tender parts of the animal, known for their tenderness, marbling, and flavor.

Cubed steak (or sometimes called ‘minute steak’), on the other hand, is thinly sliced beef that has been mechanically tenderized, often sourced from tougher cuts.

The tenderization process creates a distinct texture with cubed patterns on the surface.

Regular steak is commonly cooked using high-heat methods to maintain its tenderness, while cubed steak is often used in recipes that involve longer cooking times to achieve tenderness, such as stews and slow-cooked dishes.

Regular steak is enjoyed on its own, while cubed steak offers an economical option for flavorful, budget-friendly meals (exactly what we want here!).

Slow Cooker Poor Man’s Cubed Steak with Gravy


4 cube steaks
1/2 cup of water
1 can (10.5 ounces) of French onion soup
1 can (10.75 ounces) of cream of chicken soup
1 packet of au jus gravy mix


1. Pull out a 6-quart slow cooker. Combine both soups, gravy mix, and water. Mix thoroughly.

2. Place the cube steaks into the gravy mixture, ensuring they are coated evenly.

3. Cover slow cooker, and cook the steaks on low for 6-8 hours.

4. Towards the end of the cook time, prepare to thicken the sauce. You can certain skip this step, but we like thicker sauce here. In a small bowl, whisk together equal parts cornstarch and cold water (around 2-3 tablespoons each). Stir the mixture into the slow cooker.

5. Increase the setting to high and cook for an additional 20 minutes, or until the gravy has thickened.

6. Serve and enjoy!