Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast


Hello lovelies,

Isn’t it fascinating how some dishes just have this way of transporting us back in time? Certain aromas, tastes, or simply the names of dishes can bring about such nostalgia. Today, I’m diving deep into one such classic – Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast. While many of you might know this dish by its slightly less appealing military nickname, “S.O.S.”, for our conversation today, we’ll stick to its more genteel moniker.

What Exactly is Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast?

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of tasting or even hearing about this dish, Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast is, quite simply, dried and thinly sliced beef that’s served in a creamy white sauce and ladled over toast. The beef is typically salt-cured, which gives it a unique flavor. When combined with the rich sauce, it’s a delightful juxtaposition of salty and creamy, served atop a crunchy slice of toast. Truly, it’s a comfort dish that many have grown up with and loved.

What’s the History Behind This Dish?

Like many dishes, Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast has roots that are somewhat muddled in history. However, its popularity in American military mess halls is undeniable. In fact, it became a staple for troops during World War II because of its cost-effectiveness and the ease with which it could be prepared in large quantities. The beef’s salt-curing allowed it to be stored without refrigeration – a huge plus during those times. Beyond its military ties, this dish is also reminiscent of home for many, often reminding folks of simpler times, family breakfasts, and the warmth of a mother’s or grandmother’s kitchen.

Why Do Some People Call it “S.O.S.”?

Ah, the famous (or infamous) nickname! In military lingo, “S.O.S.” was a slightly cheeky way to refer to this dish. Without being too indelicate, let’s just say the name references the dish’s appearance and is a play on the term “Same Old Stuff” (though, admittedly, sometimes with a slightly cruder variation). But regardless of the playful banter surrounding its name, many soldiers and civilians alike have fond memories associated with Creamed Chipped Beef.

Is There a Vegetarian Version?

Absolutely! Our vegetarian friends don’t have to miss out on this creamy delight. The beef can be replaced with several meat alternatives. Some popular choices include mushrooms or tofu. These ingredients, when seasoned properly, can mimic the saltiness of the beef and provide a delightful texture contrast to the creamy sauce.

How Do You Modernize Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast?

While I’m a purist at heart, there’s always room for a little creativity in the kitchen! For those who want a modern twist, consider serving it over a freshly baked biscuit or even a croissant. You can also infuse the sauce with herbs like rosemary or thyme for an added depth of flavor. Want a kick? A sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes will surely wake up your taste buds!

In Conclusion…

Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast is more than just a dish; it’s a piece of American history. It’s comfort on a plate, carrying stories of soldiers, families, and the simplicity of bygone days. Whether you remember it from your childhood or you’re just discovering it now, I hope you’ve enjoyed this deep dive into one of our beloved culinary classics.

Y’all ready for a hearty dish straight from the Western frontier? This ain’t just any ol’ recipe; it’s a tried and true family favorite that’ll take you on a journey right to the heart of the Wild West. Saddle up, partners!


  • 1 jar of dried beef slices (make sure to give ’em a good rinse & chop)
  • 4 tbsp butter (the real stuff, no imitations!)
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • A li’l pinch of cayenne (for that wild kick!)
  • 2 cups of good ol’ cow milk
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to your likin’
  • Your favorite bread, toasted to golden perfection

Let’s Get Cookin’ – Western-Style!

  1. First things first, give those beef slices a thorough rinse – trust me, they’re saltier than a cowboy’s language after a long day on the trail! Pat ’em dry with a paper towel when you’re done.
  2. Get to choppin’ that beef into small, bite-sized pieces. Once chopped, set ’em aside for a spell.
  3. Now, in a big ol’ saucepan, melt that butter over a medium flame.
  4. Stir in the flour and that sneaky pinch of cayenne into the butter. Whisk it up good until it’s nice and smooth, ’bout 45 seconds or so.
  5. Slowly, and I mean real slow, pour in the milk while keepin’ that whisk movin’. Gotta get it smooth as a prairie sunset.
  6. Time to toss in the chopped dried beef.
  7. Let it simmer a bit, stirrin’ every once in a while, until it gets thick like a cowboy’s drawl.
  8. Give it a taste and season with some sea salt and freshly cracked pepper if it needs a bit more oomph.
  9. Dish that creamy mixture right on top of your toasted bread and dive in!

There ya have it, folks! A classic dish with a Western twist. Whether you’re sittin’ by a campfire or at your kitchen table, this here Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast is sure to fill yer boots. Enjoy, partners!