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Creamed Chipped Beef

Creamed Chipped Beef, also known as S.O.S, consists of a creamy white gravy full of chopped dried beef served on toast. It can be made in just minutes for an easy breakfast and it is pure comfort food.

Creamed Chipped Beef


In military slang this dish is called “Shit on a Shingle”. It dates back to the early 1900s and it is a classic military dish.

I feel like Creamed Chipped Beef is the beef equivalent of sausage gravy and I find it to be almost as delicious. (Nothing beats sausage gravy.) Like sausage gravy, this Creamed Chipped Beef is so easy to make.

You do want to do one easy step before you make it though. Soak the dried beef in hot water for 10 minutes to remove some of the salt. Like country ham, dried beef is extremly salty. So salty you will probably not need to add any salt to the gravy/sauce. I find 10 minutes is enough time to soak it.

Creamed Chipped Beef


I have to really search for the dried beef at the grocery store becasue I don’t purchase it often. Except for this recipe and an occasional cheese ball, I really don’t use it.

It comes in jars and you can find it near the canned meat. It’s usually tucked away on the bottom shelf or the topped shelf.

Creamed Chipped Beef reheats well. You may need to add a little milk to thin it.

Creamed Chipped Beef

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Creamed Chipped Beef

Creamed Chipped Beef

Creamed Chipped Beef, also known as S.O.S, consists of a creamy white gravy full of chopped dried beef served on toast. It can be made in just minutes for an easy breakfast and it is pure comfort food.
PREP: 12 mins
COOK: 5 mins
TOTAL: 17 mins


  • 1 (8-ounce) jar sliced dried beef
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg.


  • Soak dried beef in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain and chop into medium to small pieces.
  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add beef to butter and saute 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Whisk in flour to form a roux. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in milk. Increase heat and bring to a simmer. 
  • Add beef and pepper and simmer for a few minutes to thicken. Serve with toast.


Leftovers save well, but you will probably need to thin it with a little milk when you reheat it.


Calories: 255kcal
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chipped beef

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32 thoughts on “Creamed Chipped Beef”

  1. Dorthy Owen

    I bought my dried beef at the local Amish store. They sliced it for me as it was in the deli case. This was how how I remember it from years ago, not like the beef in the jars! Absolutely delicious. This recipe was spot on for authenticity.

  2. Robert Brown

    I’ve seen both dried beef and prepared dried beef in milk gravy in my local ShopRite.
    Found in the deli aisle near the packs of sliced cheeses and tubs of sliced meats.

    1. Robert Brown

      You will have to cook the sliced steak first to a “just done” stage, will also need to add salt.
      It should work, though I never tried it.

    2. Taleighsha Cinto

      It wouldn’t have the same flavor or texture but you could try it. It will just be different.

  3. Ardelle K Wachter

    This recipe is fabulous! We have always liked chipped beef and my retired Navy husband still calls it shit on a shingle. I always like to make Belgium Waffles for the toast portion of this recipe. The Nutmeg seems to give this recipe an extra zing and I had never thought to saute’ the chipped beef in the butter, it gives both the gravy and the meat a special taste. I am so pleased with your recipe, Thank You for sharing it.

  4. I forgot to rinse my dried beef before adding to my white sauce and it’s so salty we cant eat it. Is there a way to cut the salt. Would adding more milk help? I don’t want to throw it out.

  5. Elbert Jones

    My first stepfather made S.O.S. with left over turkey the day after thanksgiving. It was wonderful. I agree with you about sausage and gravy. Are you a Southerner? You can also make this with ground beef or ground turkey. It’s great when you serve it with left over steamed rice.
    I have a book on American military recipes. S.O.S. is the third most hated Amer. military dish(M.R.E.’s scored #1;SPAM scored #2).I’ve had this made with chipped beef twice. I had it with rice both times.

  6. We try to stay away from so much salt and preservatives. Get your favorite grocery or deli to thin (chip) slice good roast beef, one quarter or one half pound is enough to make a good bit. This is the final dish we always make from our own roast. Enjoy you recipes. We think alike using tasso, anduille, and the trinity (lol). Thank you.
    Tony B.

  7. Melissa Kircher

    The price shown on Amazon is for 4 jars. That price is still over $7 per jar. Still inflated if you ask me. I bought a jar at Wal-Mart for close to $5.

    1. It’s what I use too. I think it’s just as tasty and i might be wrong but it may have less sodium too. Makes a delish SOS.

  8. Heather Saunders

    I work in a grocery store and know that we carry it and it costs no where near twenty nine bucks. Next time just phone a store and ask if they carry the product.

  9. Carlene Sharpe

    Well, at $29.97 for the dried beef, I doubt very seriously that I will be making this recipe. That is really an inflated price, through Amazon for what you receive. Much cheaper to buy the ready made frozen Creamed Chipped Beef from the freezer section of my local grocery store.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I agree it is a very inflated price. I try to link to amazon for products that people may not be that familiar with so they can at least see a picture of it. So much easier to find things at the store if you know what the packaging looks like.

    2. I bought a jar of dried beef yesterday for $4.59 at a small local grocery store. Perhaps you should look in a store rather than at Amazon.

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