20 Must Have Beef Recipes

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20 Must Have Beef RecipesLife certainly is a bit different these days, huh?  As Laura and I watched the daily (even hourly) news pour in about the pandemic craziness, we started to get a bit concerned.  While everyone here is safe and healthy, we decided to self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution.  Our goal was to help “flatten the curve.”  For the last week-plus, we’ve been working from home while also homeschooling/entertaining our 4-year-old.  I suspect that many folks reading this post right now are in the same boat.

*Side note: I just built a tiny vacuum cleaner science kit with Robbie.  He’s now going around the house sucking up crumbs.  Before you say, “Lucky!!,” I should point out that it runs on 2 AA batteries.  This thing isn’t picking up much, but it was entertaining to build.  Science at work!*

Nicely done, beef
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Over the weekend, we decided to tackle some projects that we’ve been putting off.  Maybe we’ll fix that outdoor shutter.  Perhaps we’ll plan out our summer garden.  No matter how we spend the days, we definitely need delicious comfort food to keep us going!  For the first few days of social distancing, we turned to our favorite go-to comfort foods.  But then we started running short on ingredients.  Now we’re turning to the freezer to see what sorts of things we have stashed away.  (To be fair, we are still making a weekly grocery run.  I’m just going super early and getting in and out immediately.)

Nicely done, beef
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If you’re like me, you might have some different cuts of beef stashed away in your freezer.  Perhaps you bought an extra chuck roast when it was on sale last month?  Or maybe you bought a big pack of short ribs and then stuck half of ’em in the freezer.  Well now’s the time to dig those out!

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Have you heard about Chuck Knows Beef?  Chuck is a beef expert powered by Google Artificial Intelligence.  He knows about ranching.  He knows about beef cuts.  He even knows how to cook.  If you’re not sure what to cook for dinner, then ask Chuck!  Or remember that extra chuck roast you bought on sale?  Ask Chuck for recipe ideas!  He’s full of good, beefy information…and he’s even enjoys a good Dad joke from time to thyme.

Chuck is available on Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, or you can start talking with Chuck right now on your cell phone or desktop by going to https://chuckknowsbeef.com/.  Go tell Chuck hello!

Chuck Knows Beef
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In addition to Chuck’s ideas, I compiled a list of my 20 Must Have Beef Recipes using those different cuts of beef in your freezer.  Enjoy!

20 Must Have Beef Recipes

Beef Chuck Roast Recipes

Starting with a classic chuck roast, these Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches make for an easy and delicious comfort food meal!These Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches are a tried and true recipe.  These sammiches are hands down one of my favorites!

If you're looking to feed a crowd with very little effort, then this Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Beef is the answer!  It's delicious, and it only takes 5 minutes to prepare!Keeping with the sandwiches idea, these Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Beef Sandwiches are delicious…and super easy!

Beef Bourguignon is a classic winter dish that simmers in red wine on low temperature for several hours.  It's a delicious meal that's sure to warm you up on these chilly days.If you want to get a little fancier, how about making this Beef Bourguignon?  It’s a classic comfort food dish!  (And it’s a great excuse to open up that bottle of wine you’ve been meaning to try.)

Smoked Beef Chuck Roast with Maple Bourbon BBQ SauceOr what about smoking that chuck roast?  Now that Spring is here, get outside and fire up that smoker!  This Smoked Beef Chuck Roast is a fun and unique idea for that extra chuck roast!

Beef Short Rib Recipes

Carbonade Flamande is a traditional Belgian dish consisting of beef short ribs simmered in Belgian ale and then served over fries or roasted potatoes.  It's the perfect comfort food for cold weather!Carbonade Flamande is a traditional Belgian dish consisting of beef short ribs simmered in Belgian ale and then served over fries or roasted potatoes.  Delicious!

This Beef Short Rib Bolognese is a delicious comfort food meal that's perfect for winter!  Requiring just 30 minutes of prep time, this recipe is surprisingly easy, too!Another fun idea for beef short ribs?  Short Rib Bolognese!  This recipe slow simmers until the short ribs shred with a fork.  Perfect comfort food!


Beef Steak Recipes

Sure, we can throw that steak on the grill.  It’ll be delicious!  But check out these other fun recipes for various cuts of steak.  (Note: Many of these steak cuts can be interchanged.  Have an extra NY Strip, but the recipe calls for Ribeye?  Use the NY Strip!  Recipe calls for T-Bone, but you have a Ribeye?  Use the Ribeye!  Long story short – adapt and use whatever you’ve got…it’ll still taste great!)

Impress your family and friends with this Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak!  Stuffed with spinach and roasted red peppers, this steak is a delicious option for the summer grill!This Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak is a fun way to warm up the grill for all of the summer grillin’ that’s coming our way!

Grilled Flank Steak Tacos are an easy and delicious way to celebrate warm summer nights on the back porch!Or take that flank steak and make it Taco Tuesday…or Taco Wednesday…or Taco Thursday with these delicious Flank Steak Tacos.  Yum!

Grilling season is back!  Let's kick it off with a delicious Grilled Steak Salad topped with strawberries, blue cheese, corn and toasted walnuts!Sirloin steaks in the freezer?  Turn ’em into a tasty spring salad with this Grilled Steak Salad recipe.

Do you like a classic wedge salad?  Then you'll love this Tortellini with Steak and Blue Cheese!Got an extra package of tortellini in the pantry, too?  What about this Tortellini with Steak and Blue Cheese?  It’s delicious!

Mix up pizza night this week!  This Steak and Gorgonzola pizza features seared ribeye steak along with dollops of creamy mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese.  Yum!Craving a pizza?  (Come on…when are you not craving a pizza!)  This Steak and Gorgonzola Pizza is a tasty way to use that leftover steak.

These Philly Cheesesteak Cups feature ribeye steak, peppers and onions all baked in mini crescent roll cups.  They're the perfect comfort food appetizer for football season!Bored?  Set up a family board game night and make these Philly Cheesesteak Cups!

Breakfast for breakfast?  Breakfast for dinner?  Let's do both!  Take your omelet to the next level by turning it into a Philly Cheesesteak Omelet!Cook once, eat twice!  Make extra steak, onions and peppers and turn ’em into this Philly Cheesesteak Omelet for breakfast…or breakfast for dinner (my favorite!).

These Steak and Ale Hand Pies feature juicy sirloin steak tips simmered in dark beer.  Add in the flaky biscuit dough, and you've got one heck of a delicious cold weather comfort food!Steak tips simmered in dark beer.  Sounds pretty delicious, right?  Make it happen with these Steak and Ale Hand Pies!

These Grilled T-Bone Steaks with Greek Seasoning are a great way to enjoy summer grilling season!  They're tasty...and easy enough to make on a weeknight!Perhaps you have an extra T-Bone steak?  This tomato + cucumber + feta cheese topping is amazing on top of a grilled steak!

Chicken Fried Steak is a classic comfort food!  Jalapeno Bacon Gravy takes this one to a whole new level of deliciousness!This Chicken Fried Steak (Cubed Steak) is a Southern classic!  And the jalapeno bacon gravy?  Oh yeah, comfort food central right here!

Loaded with tender steak and melty cheeses, these Sous Vide Steak Sandwiches are a favorite in our house!London Broil (aka Top Round Steak)?  Sous Vide it!  I recognize that sous vide is a unique style of cooking…but now’s a great time to learn a new skill, right?  I love sous vide!


Beef Brisket Recipes

Smoked Brisket Tacos are one of the best things about summer!  Learn some brisket-smoking tricks, and grab the recipe for these tasty tacos!Smoked Brisket is hands-down one of my favorite cuts of beef!  These Smoked Brisket Tacos include a recipe as well as a step-by-step guide to smoking a brisket.  (New to smoking meats?  As I mentioned above, this is a great time to learn!)

Make your next sandwich epic with this Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese!Leftover smoked brisket?  Turn it into a Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

It's not often you get to include BBQ sauce in a stew!  This Brunswick Stew is loaded with smoked meats and veggies - perfect comfort food for a cold winter night!If Spring is still a bit chilly in your neck of the woods, then this Brunswick Stew is a tasty way to use extra smoked brisket.

Did one of these “20 Must Have Beef Recipes” inspire you to use up that extra beef in your freezer?  Leave a comment and let me know!  In the meantime, stay healthy and safe out there.  Cheers!


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    1. Tell me about it, Kathy! We’ve had to start getting pretty creative with meals here…but it’s a perfect opportunity to use up things in the freezer. And with an empty freezer, that means I can stock it up again! 🙂

  1. That’s a beefy bunch of good looking recipes you got there David. I could sure go for some of that T-bone with cucumbers and feta just about now. What fun it must be watching Robbie run around with that vacuum cleaner. I sure hope you have extra batteries.

    1. Oh, we have a gigantic pack of batteries…I think that comes with the territory when you have kids! 🙂 And that T-bone with cucumbers and feta? Highly recommend it!!

  2. Such a delicious collection of recipes all in one place! They all look incredible, but that shredded beef sandwich is particularly calling my name…can you hear it 😉 ? Hope you and your family are doing well, David 🙂 !!

    1. You know, I thought I heard something coming from the kitchen last night. I wrote it off as Laura snoring (hah!), but perhaps it was the shredded beef sandwich saying “Daaawwwwnnnn…” 🙂

  3. Yes, comfort food please! This is a great resource for beef recipes. Bookmarking. Here in LA we’ve been quarantined for almost 2 weeks now, and mixing up the meals is a good thing. Thanks and stay well! 🙂 ~Valentina

    1. Yup, we’re on week 2 of the quarantine here in upstate NY as well. (The first part was self-quarantine, and then the governor made it official late last week.) Either way, we’re going stir crazy, so it’s been fun to hunt in the freezer to see what we have stashed away. I found an extra pack of short ribs the other day…I’m thinking another batch of that Short Rib Bolognese could be on the menu here soon. Stay sane, my friend!

    1. We sure are living in some scary and strange times, Dawn. Stay safe! And see what kinds of things you might have hiding in your freezer. We’re using this opportunity to cook some of our old favorites while also cleaning out the freezer.

  4. Lots of great (and delicious) recipes here David to help us all through our lockdowns. I particulary remember those steak and ale hand pies. Now that’s the kind of comfort food I’d happily eat all the way through the next few weeks. Take care and look after yourselves. #staysafe.

    1. I hope you and Lynne are staying safe, too, Neil! We’ve started looking for fun new recipes to make together – partly to use up things in the freezer rather than going out shopping, but also partly just to have fun. Each day seems to run into the next when you’re self-quarantined here at home. Thank goodness for the kitchen, right?

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