This recipe will show you how to make creamed chipped beef on toast, also infamously known as “shit on a shingle.” Chopped pieces of thin dried beef mixed into a creamy gravy poured over a piece of crunchy toast in an open sandwich style.
You have probably heard of it and wondered what it was. You may have also heard it called “shit on a shingle.”
It’s a very simple and quick meal to make. After all, it only requires 4 ingredients to make the gravy in 10 minutes or less.
Not only that, it’s incredibly cheap!
I typically pay around $0.80 USD per packet of Buddig’s dried beef slices, and the rest of the ingredients I already have on hand. You can also use Hormel or Amour’s dried beef.
Ingredients to Make Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast
- Salt & Pepper
- Dried Beef (Buddig, Hormel, or Armour all work.)
- Toasted Bread
I’ve seen other chipped beef gravy recipes with cream of mushroom soup or adding peas, but this recipe is the way my family always made it when I was a child and I very much prefer it!
Be sure you pay attention to the Buddig packet if that is the brand you are purchasing. I have accidentally picked up their corned beef packets before.
Not the flavor I was going for at all.
What is Dried Beef?
It is beef that has been salt-cured for a length of time, sometimes smoked for flavor, and dried. It is then sliced very thin like deli meat.
To add more beef, or not add more beef, that is the question.
When my mother and grandmother made this recipe they always used two packets, but I prefer more beef in mine.
I generally use three packets of Buddig chipped beef (6 ounces total). It depends on what ratio of meat vs. gravy you prefer.
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Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast
- 4 oz Dried Beef, Hormel, Buddig, and Armour brands all work
- 3 tablespoon Butter
- 2 cups Milk
- ¼ cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- Toasted Slices of Bread
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once melted, add flour and stir to mix a roux.
- Slowly whisk milk into roux mixture. Slice the beef into squares if not already done so. Add salt, pepper, and beef to the pot. Bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes and then remove from heat to allow gravy to thicken.
- Toast bread and serve the gravy over top in an open sandwich style.
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I always include chopped hard boiled eggs with meat. May need more liquid. All time family favorite!
This is the right ratio for the gravy, but it’s too much beef for us. I think the 2.5 oz jar is perfect, but that’s how we like it. Otherwise, it’s mostly beef and much too salty. I also sauteed a bit of onion and garlic with the butter before making the gravy, but we love garlic and onions here! Thanks for sharing.
I usually heat milk in microwave before adding to roux.
We have been making this recipe for years and still love it. We will sometimes eat this with white rice or rice and toast or over torn un-toasted white bread. Mom always served slices of Longhorn cheese as a side. Comfort food that brings back fond memories.
I’ve been looking for this recipe that I remember eating when I was a little kid. I cannot believe this is something so many other people enjoy as well. Brings back memories. Thank you!
The only thing I do different is that we started tearing our toast into bite size pieces. It is so much easier for little ones to eat it!, i think Ill make it tomorrow! Yum.
That’s a great idea! I bet my boys would enjoy that as well. Thank you for the tip!
Delicious. Just like my mom made when I was growing up.
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@Tiffany, Hi Tiffany, can you please reach out to me regarding this recipe? I think this is amazing and I dont want to copy your work, so I am asking for permission. Could you please respond via email? I appreciate your hard work.
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This recipe is very easy to make and also quite delicious. Will definitely make this again!