Chipped Beef

Back in the Depression and World War II years, chipped beef was a popular meal for those who were looking to stretch war time rations.

Meat was hard to come by, and had to be stretched at all costs. This meal was simple and easy to make. I’ve even heard rumor that it was used for the men who were serving in the military. It goes by several names including chipped beef, Shit on a Shingle, and SOS.

What is chipped beef? It’s a thinly sliced and dried beef. It is impossible to find in an organic form, and can even be difficult to locate at a grocery store. You can substitute by using organic thin sliced deli beef or ham.

chipped beef


Chipped Beef

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2 pieces of toast

A war time favorite is made healthier with the addition of a few simple ingredients.


  • 1/2 pound chipped beef or organic thinly sliced beef or ham
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 8 slices of toast


  1. Cut your beef or ham into small bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan set on medium heat, place the butter and milk. Whisk until butter is melted. Slowly whisk in the flour, stirring until well blended. Stir in the meat and allow mixture to come to a boil. Continue stirring until mixture thickens.
  3. Remove mixture from heat and evenly pour the mixture over each slice of toast.

****For Gluten Free, use arrowroot or cornstarch***

Try These Bread Recipes for a Simple Easy Toast  (Both can be Made in Under an Hour)

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