Easy Shit on a Shingle Recipe for Beginners


Shit on a Shingle, or SOS, is a traditional dish that’s been around for years. It’s simple, filling, and uses ingredients you likely already have. If you’re 15 or 50, you can make this classic meal with ease. This blog will guide you through making Shit on a Shingle from start to finish.

Recipe Details

This dish combines chipped beef and a creamy sauce served over toast. It’s a favorite for its comfort food vibes and simplicity. Let’s dive into what you’ll need to make it.


  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour (it’s a common thickener)
  • 1 cup of milk (any kind works, but whole milk makes it creamier)
  • 1/2 pound of dried beef, sliced into thin strips (find this in the canned meat aisle)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices of bread, toasted

Preparation Steps

  1. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Keep an eye on it, so it doesn’t burn.
  2. Stir in the flour until it’s all mixed with the butter. This mix is called a roux, and it helps thicken our sauce.
  3. Slowly add the milk to the pan, stirring constantly. This is important to avoid lumps in your sauce.
  4. Add the dried beef to the pan. Stir it into the sauce and let it cook for a few minutes until it’s heated through.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Remember, the beef is already salty, so go easy on the salt.

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • If you like a bit of a kick, add a dash of cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the sauce.
  • No dried beef? Use ground beef or even sliced mushrooms for a vegetarian take.
  • For a thicker sauce, use a bit more flour. For a thinner sauce, add more milk.

Serving Suggestions

Serve your Shit on a Shingle over the toasted bread. For a heartier meal, add a side of scrambled eggs or a simple green salad.

Nutritional Information

This dish is high in protein thanks to the beef. However, it can be high in sodium, so it’s best enjoyed in moderation. Making it with whole milk and butter adds calcium and vitamin A but also increases the fat content. For a lighter version, consider using skim milk and less butter.