Recipe: Cheater’s Beef or Venison Stroganoff

This isn’t fine cooking by any means, but it is quick, easy, economical, tasty and fairly healthy. 

Cheater’s Beef or Venison Stroganoff


  • 1-2 lbs Beef or Venison
  • 1 pkg brown gravy mix
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • Slice meat in thin strips & brown in a skillet.
  • Add soup & dry gravy mix to meat and cook until hot & bubbling.
  • Season with salt & pepper as desired.
  • Take off heat, stir in sour cream & serve over rice, noodles or toast.
  • Variations:
  • Use leftover cooked beef or venison.
  • Use ground beef, ground venison or sausage instead.
  • Add sauteed mushrooms or onions.
  • Use a can of gravy or homemade brown gravy.
  • Make your own "Cream of" soup.
  • Use Homemade White Sauce instead of soup
  • Add in 1tsp of onion powder and/or garlic
  • Try using unflavored yogurt (NOT vanilla!) instead of the sour cream.
  • For a true one dish meal add cooked noodles into the pan & stir together.
  • Bonus Crockpot Version:
  • Do not brown meat-just slice & place all ingredients except sour cream in the Crockpot. Cook on low 4-6 hours.
  • Bonus Bonus Oven Version:
  • Prepare as for Crockpot version, but place in a covered casserole dish and cook at 350 for 1 hr in the oven.

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  1. Sam says

    Our quick version is we brown the meat with a can of mushrooms.
    Once browned we glop in an 8oz container of sour creme & maybe a little water. The browning of the beef (what ever you call that stufff that gets on the bottom of the pan) serves as the beef broth.
    Once the creme & water are added, sometimes we’ll add either a dash of diced dried onion or a spoonful of onion soup. If time allows we’ll brown the onion before putting the beef in the hot pan. We cook it all together since it all ends up in the same dish anyway – we tend to cook on high heat & like the meat cut small so there’s no cross-contamination, under cooked issues going on.

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