Creamed Beef for SOS Recipe -
Creamed Beef for SOS Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Creamed Beef for SOS

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"A Recipe that is always requested from my kids when they come and visit. I spent 20 years of my 28 years in the Air Force in the dining hall. I think I have perfected SOS (Creamed Beef).Very simple and quick. Serve over toast (Shingles) or biscuits or hashed brown potatoes. I know leaving the grease in is not real healthy but it really makes it tasty. If you use anything other then HAMBURGER or drain the grease it will not turn out."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    20 mins


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; stir in the ground beef, chicken bouillon, garlic powder, black pepper, and onion powder. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 7 minutes.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the milk and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 5 minutes to thicken.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 23, 2009

I made it just like the recipe and it was SO good! My husband loved it and that says a lot because I call him the Food Diva. My brother-in-law enjoyed it too. Everyone was stuffed and I would definitely make it again! The pepper gives it a nice kick too.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 22, 2011

I ate SOS almost every day for breakfast in the army for over 20 years, if it was avail. I just love the stuff. note that chicken bouilon is not part of the armys version of creamed beef, and this one is also missing worcestershire sauce.

Aug 30, 2010

Not a new recipe to me - but one that I hadn't made in a long time. One tip - if you let this sit and don't serve immediately, be prepared to add more milk. I also upped the flavor a bit by using finely diced red onion browned with the beef and added a small amount of worcestershire sauce plus fresh chopped parsley. Served over toast with sliced fresh tomatoes, this made a very satisfying meal.

Dec 24, 2009

I created this for supper one night when I didn't have anything else to cook but had all the ingredients on hand. Nothing fancy but really good - the whole family liked it! I added some red pepper flakes in it just for some added taste. Served it over biscuits, all of it was gone in a matter of minutes. Will make again :)

Mar 03, 2010

I am an Army brat and I have fond memories of my dad making SOS for me in the mornings before school when he was home. I used this recipe today and it was wonderful. Thank you so much for taking the time to put your recipe on here. I didn't drain the beef, but I did use extra lean hamburger meat so that there wasn't quite so much grease in the skillet. :) YUM! (And I think it is BEST over toast...the toastiness is nice with the gravy!)

Dec 13, 2011

Very hearty, stick-to-your ribs comfort food. Made it exactly as written (used 73/27 ground beef) and it was very tasty. May increase seasoning a bit next time. I was worried it would be really peppery, but I actually couldn't really taste the pepper. The spices were all nicely balanced, and not one flavor overpowered another, so if I do increase the seasoning, I'd keep them at the same ratio to each other. :::EDIT::: I made this again with slightly leaner beef (80/20) and the sauce was WAY too thick this time around without that extra fat to soak up the flour. It still tasted great (I did double the seasoning this time), but I think in the future when using 80/20 ground chuck I'll reduce the flour to 1/3 cup.

Jun 11, 2011

This was excellent. My husband loved it. However I did make a couple of additions to match our tastes. I added a slice of diced red onion to the cooking meat mixture, and a couple of dashes of worcestershire sauce when I added milk. I also used buttermilk instead of regular milk. I did have to use 2 cups of milk instead of just 1 1/2 cups, but that was expected from other reviews. Overall I will be making this again, and again.

Dec 21, 2009

I used ground sausage and added a cup more of milk, and my whole family loved it and asked to have it again. Next time we might have it on biscuits.


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  • Calories
  • 455 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.6 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 100 mg
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 31.3 g
  • 48%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 24.1 g
  • 48%
  • Sodium
  • 702 mg
  • 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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