Popular Beef Recipes

All hail the cow. Beef's intense flavor - earthy richness cut with a pleasant mineral tang - makes it the perfect centerpiece in a variety of dishes, since it can hold its own against bold tastes. Beef recipes call for a wide range of different cuts and price points. You can make a hearty beef stew from relatively inexpensive cuts, but a prime rib is going to cost you. Don't forget about roast beef recipes - there's nothing like a pot roast or brisket for a Sunday supper. Ground beef, too, has its place in the kitchen. It's the star of family meals like Sloppy Joes, spaghetti with meat sauce, taco night and many types of casseroles. Higher fat content (15 to 20 percent) is best if you're making burgers, otherwise, leaner blends will give you all the flavor you need.

Potato-Topped Beef Stew

Transform the concept of meat and potatoes into a comforting stew that's perfect to warm the whole family at the end of a chilly day.

From Family Circle

Potato-Topped Beef Stew

Barbecue-Sauced Meatloaf

Meat loaf is a winter standard, but it's time to update your mother's classic recipe. Try spreading barbecue sauce on top for a little extra zing.

From Midwest Living

Barbecue-Sauced Meatloaf

Petite Tenderloin with Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

Try this healthful take on a classic steak dinner for a special meal at home. Chipotle peppers add a slightly smoky flavor. (Store any unused portion of the can in a zip-top bag in the freezer for later use.)

From Diabetic Living

Petite Tenderloin with Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

Warm Fajita Salad

With all of the classic Mexican flavors of fajitas, this dinner salad is better than takeout. Serve it up whenever a craving for spicy food hits.

From Diabetic Living

Warm Fajita Salad

Pumpkin Chili

Unlike most pumpkin recipes, this stew calls for diced squash rather than canned. Feel free to use any protein source, such as extra beans, lentils, or ground chicken, in place of the beef and turkey.

From Midwest Living

Pumpkin Chili

Italian-Style Steak, Mushrooms and Onions

From Family Circle

Italian-Style Steak, Mushrooms and Onions

Italian-Style Steak, Mushrooms and Onions

Spoon peppers, onions, and mushrooms sautéed in a savory red wine vinegar sauce over a grilled chuck steak, then prepare to say "ciao" to your new favorite Italian dinner recipe.

From Family Circle

Italian-Style Steak, Mushrooms and Onions

Spaghetti Squash with Chili

Low in carbs, salt, and fat, this chili dish will fuel you up without weighing you down. Top it with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt for a creamy finish.

From Diabetic Living

Spaghetti Squash with Chili

Taco Chili

This slow cooker chili tastes like a taco so kids will love it. Top it with cheese or sprinkle with corn chips for a fun lunch or dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Taco Chili

Quick Skillet Lasagna

Talk about quick! Just cook the pasta, then prepare this family friendly lasagna in a skillet.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Quick Skillet Lasagna

Texas Beef with Butternut Squash

Talk about a stick-to-your-ribs dinner! Using the slow cooker saves time and guarantees that the beef roast is fork tender. Serve with a big slice of Texas toast or cornbread to soak up the delicious juices.

From Diabetic Living

Texas Beef with Butternut Squash

Meatloaf

The addition of richly flavored dried mushrooms and the whole-grain goodness of bulgur increases the vitamins and minerals and decreases the saturated fat of this meatloaf. The loaf is free-form, rather than baked in a loaf pan, which means more delicious, browned crust. This recipe is large enough to feed a big group or, even better, have leftovers for a cold sandwich the next day.

From EatingWell

Meatloaf

Old-Fashioned Spaghetti & Meatballs

To stretch the ground beef, we use high-fiber bulgur and whole-wheat breadcrumbs in the meatballs, which are baked rather than fried.

From EatingWell

Old-Fashioned Spaghetti & Meatballs

Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions

This recipe is reminiscent of a pot roast made with onion-soup mix, but the flavors are true and puree--and nobody misses the excess sodium. (For a slow-cooker variation, see below.)

From EatingWell

Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions

Braised Brisket & Roots

This braised brisket gets a decidedly wintery feel from the earthy-sweet flavors of carrots, parsnips and rutabaga.

From EatingWell

Braised Brisket & Roots

Picadillo

Picadillo, which means "small bits and pieces," is a sweet-and-savory spiced ground- meat mixture from Latin America. Serve with warm corn or whole-wheat flour tortillas.

From EatingWell

Picadillo

Blueberry-Beef Burgers

Whatever the season, burgers remain America's favorite sandwich. When it is too cold to grill outdoors, broil the patties or use an indoor grill. In addition to the standard fixings--ketchup, salsa, onions and tomatoes--make your burgers more nutritious by adding dark greens, such as watercress or spinach.

From EatingWell

Blueberry-Beef Burgers

French Country Beef Stew

In France, this classic stew made with beef, vegetables and red wine would be known as a daube. Slow-cooking the surprisingly lean beef shanks melts and softens the connective tissue, producing succulent results. If you prefer, use nonalcoholic wine. Serve with barley to soak up the delicious sauce.

From EatingWell

French Country Beef Stew

Whole-Wheat Fusilli with Beef Ragu

This chunky, full-bodied sauce is a good match for hearty whole-wheat pasta. We've augmented a little lean ground beef with mushrooms to get a rich, meaty sauce that has a minimum of saturated fat.

From EatingWell

Whole-Wheat Fusilli with Beef Ragu

Latin American Empanadas

These savory pastries were created by Mariana Velasquez, a Test Kitchen intern who grew up in Bogot, Colombia.

From EatingWell

Latin American Empanadas

Middle Eastern Burgers

Exotic-tasting spices and chopped prunes give Middle Eastern flair to these truly succulent burgers. Serve with Yogurt-Garlic Sauce, slices of ripe tomato, lettuce and sharp red onion.

From EatingWell

Middle Eastern Burgers

Orange-Scented Beef Stir-Fry

Orange marmalade is the secret ingredient in this quick stir-fry. For variations, substitute chicken, shrimp, pork or tofu for the beef; adjusting the cooking time accordingly.

From EatingWell

Orange-Scented Beef Stir-Fry

Thai Beef Salad

The steak for a Thai salad is often marinated before it's broiled and that's a shame, because most of those flavorings burn off and turn to naught. For the best taste, first sear the steak, then let it sit overnight in the marinade before tossing it with the greens.

From EatingWell

Thai Beef Salad

EatingWell Sloppy Joes

Our updated Sloppy Joe takes lean ground beef and adds chopped cremini mushrooms and diced fresh plum tomatoes, all in a zesty sauce. Served on a whole-wheat bun, it's a hearty dinner sandwich that will please adults and kids alike.

From EatingWell

EatingWell Sloppy Joes

Stuffed Chard with Fresh Marinara

Reminiscent of the stuffed cabbage of yore, the mild flavor of chard makes these beef-stuffed rolls perfect for the whole family. Make It a Meal: A side of whole-wheat spaghetti to soak up the sauce plus a glass of Syrah.

From EatingWell

Stuffed Chard with Fresh Marinara

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