13 Ways to Use Up Leftover Corned Beef

updated Feb 22, 2022
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If you have plans to cook corned beef, you are not going to regret it (especially if you’re using your slow cooker or Instant Pot, which make it extra-easy!). New to making the hearty dinner? Don’t sweat it! Preparing the Irish-American classic is really so simple.

The big question though, is: have you thought about your plans for the leftovers? Because there will inevitably be leftover corned beef. Maybe you have a ton of leftover meat that feels easy to turn into another meal. But even if you only have a little bit of meat leftover, it can still be stretched into another meal, I’ll show you how. Here are 13 fun and delicious ways to use up leftover corned beef.

But First, Our Easiest Corned Beef Recipes

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Classic Corned Beef Hash
Corned beef hash, cooked up with onion, bell pepper, and potato, then topped with a yolky fried egg, is the obvious choice. Especially if you have lots of leftovers.
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Easy Shepherd's Pie
A few smart shortcuts, including a bag of frozen veggies and the use of a cast iron skillet, makes this the easiest shepherd's pie recipe, especially if you start with leftover corned beef instead of using ground beef.
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Loaded Reuben Baked Potato
If you only have a little bit of corned beef leftover, stuffed baked potatoes are a super- smart and easy way to stretch the meat into another meal. Just like the classic sandwich, you'll load up your potato with plenty of sauerkraut, corned beef, Swiss cheese, chopped pickles, and thousand island dressing.
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Corned Beef and Cheese Quiche
Swap the ham for chopped corned beef in this easy, ultra hearty 5-ingredient quiche.
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30-Minute Corned Beef and Cabbage Skillet
If you have somewhere between a half and full pound of leftover corned beef, this skillet is my favorite way to use it up. The corned beef replaces a few links of kielbasa, and since it's already cooked, you'll follow the recipe as written, adding the meat in the last two minutes of cooking.
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Loaded Savory Breakfast Muffins
This savory muffin recipe calls for breakfast sausage, but an equal amount of chopped corned beef makes a really great stand in.
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Steak-Inspired Corned Beef Sandwiches
I can tell you from experience that you will not regret swapping corned beef for sirloin steak in these hearty sandwiches, which get layered with a slick of Dijonnaise, pickled red onion, and arugula.
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Egg and Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla
If you love the idea of partnering corned beef with some eggs for breakfast, but a hash isn't really your thing, I strongly recommend it in place of ham for cheesy breakfast quesadillas. Slice the corned beef into thin strips and use two to three strips of meat per quesadilla.
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Easy Cabbage & White Bean Soup
We already know that corned beef and cabbage are natural partners, so go ahead and add the leftover meat to this hearty soup.
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Easy Slow Cooker Potato Soup
Forget the bacon! Round out a bowl of hearty, comforting potato soup with a topping of warm corned beef.
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Corned Beef, Asparagus & Gruyère Tart
Grab a bunch of asparagus and a package of frozen puff pastry. Then use that last little bit of chopped corned beef (which replaces ham) for a fast and fancy, spring-inspired tart.
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Potato Frittata Recipe
Stir a handful of chopped corned beef into the egg mixture for this potato-packed frittata to make it even heartier.
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Corned Beef Tacos
Swap the rotisserie chicken with leftover corned beef in this easy and adaptable recipe and taco night never looked better.
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