50+ Easy, Tasty Dinners to Make with Any Kind of Beef

updated Feb 21, 2022
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There’s a reason beef has a regular place in our weekly meal plans (several reasons, actually!). Beef is an incredibly versatile and affordable option (depending on how you shop) that can be cooked into many different types of dinners.

We all know ground beef can be easily turned into dozens of recipes, including burgers , stir-fries, and casseroles. If a meaty steak is what you’re after, it’s surprisingly fast to cook up on the stovetop. And large, tough cuts of beef, like a top round or chuck roast, are ideal for slow roasts and stews (preferably in the slow cooker or Instant Pot).

Whatever you have on hand and whether you’re budgeting money or time, here are over 50 tasty beef recipes that have something for everyone.

Ground Beef Recipes

Not only is a pack of ground beef totally budget-friendly, but it can be used for so many different meals. Take your pick between casseroles, tacos, stir fry, soup, and more.

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Cowboy Casserole
This ultra-comforting casserole is packed with lots of melty cheddar and topped with a crispy layer of tater tots.
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Taco Pasta

Macaroni and cheese meets a beef taco with all the fixings.

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Lemony Beef Tabbouleh Zucchini Boat

These warm and tender grilled zucchini boat holds a tangy, bright, lemony tabbouleh enhanced with spiced ground beef.

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Stuffed Meatloaf
Oozing with mozzarella or your favorite cheese, this stuffed meatloaf is a fun and cheesy twist on a classic.
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Easy, Creamy Beef and Shells
If you grew up loving Hamburger Helper, you're going to love this quick and easy from-scratch version of cheesy beef and shells.
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Philly Cheesesteak Pasta Skillet
Meet your new dinner favorite — a one-pot pasta riff on a Philly cheesesteak sandwich.
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50/50 Meatloaf

This meatloaf is 50 percent meat, 50 percent vegetables, rounded out by three umami powerhouses.

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Easy Ground Beef Tacos
These easy ground beef tacos are a winning weeknight dinner loaded with moist, flavorful beef and your favorite toppings.
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Weeknight Cabbage Rolls
A weeknight version of the traditional savory meat-and-rice filling rolled up in tender cabbage
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Keema Maggi with Achari Chili Oil
Topped with keema, a classic South Asian dish made with ground lamb (or beef), and accompanied by an achari chili oil made with South Asian pickling spices, this is my favorite way to turn the iconic Maggi Noodles into a complete meal.
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Ground Beef Taco Casserole
This recipe is everything you love about classic ground beef tacos baked into an easy casserole, then topped with lettuce, tomato, and shredded cheddar.
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One-Pot Weeknight Beef Stroganoff
Tender noodles, ground beef, and mushrooms are all cooked together in a single pot for this weeknight-friendly spin on the classic.
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Beef and Broccoli Fried Rice
We’ve paired up beef and broccoli with another takeout staple, fried rice, resulting in a one-pan meal loaded with crisp-tender broccoli, savory ground beef, and fragrant, garlicky rice.
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Chili Cornbread Casserole
The trusty Dutch oven makes it possible to cook chili and bake a layer of cornbread on top all in one pot.
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French Onion Meatloaf
Inspired by a cozy crock of French onion soup, this meatloaf is loaded with velvety caramelized onions, then blanketed with a bubbling layer of Gruyère.
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Keema Cottage Pie
This recipe combines Indian keema and British cottage pie into one super soothing dish.
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Beef and Broccoli Bowls

These grain-free beef and broccoli bowls are packed with vegetables and greens and drizzled with creamy miso-ginger sauce.

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Beef and Cheese Manicotti
Stuffed with fragrant garlicky ricotta, Parmesan, and savory beef, this baked manicotti is creamy, cheesy, meaty, and the perfect cozy weekend dinner.
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Sloppy Joe Casserole
A casserole with the flavors of a classic sloppy joe but with none of the messy eating.
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Air Fryer Meatloaf
This classic savory mix of onion, garlic, Worcestershire, and beef is air fried until juicy in the middle with delightfully crispy crust.
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Meatloaf Burgers
When you crave meatloaf but are short on time to bake one up for dinner, lean on these meatloaf burgers. By shaping the soft meatloaf mixture into patties not only do you reduce the cooking time to 15 minutes but you also allow for extra crispy goodness to happen in every bite!
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Crispy Orange Ground Beef and Veggies
Inspired by a takeout favorite, this weeknight recipe partners crispy ground beef with stir-fried veggies and a sticky-sweet orange sauce.
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Swedish Meatballs

Here's how to make easy Swedish meatballs (better than Ikea!) any night of the week.

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Copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme
The legendary Taco Bell crunchwrap that's filled with cheesy beef and crispy tortilla shells can now be made at home.
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Easy Steak Dinners

Consider this line up a friendly reminder that a steak dinner doesn’t need to be reserved for specials occasions. This line up includes ideas for every budget and every night of the week.

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Steak in Red Wine Sauce
For a totally irresistible dinner, you can't beat rosy slices of tender steak served with a drizzle of buttery, herby red wine sauce.
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Sweet potato glass noodles get stir-fried in a sweet-savory sauce with baby spinach and thinly sliced carrots, onions, mushrooms.
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Steak Kebabs
Savory marinated steak cubes are grilled with zucchini ribbons and cherry tomatoes in this easy, colorful skewer.
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Costco Warm Steak Sandwich

It doesn't get any easier thatn this super flavorful warm steak and cheese sandwich meal made with ingredients from Costco.

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Heirloom Tomato and Steak Caprese
Inspired by traditional caprese, this dinner salad is topped with marinated grilled steak and a punchy basil vinaigrette.
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Beef Tapa Matzo Brei with Atchara
This recipe is a coming together of two classic breakfasts: Filipino tapsilog and Jewish matzo brei. The savory strips of beef paired with the oniony scrambled eggs and mazto is a winning combination.
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Easy Balsamic Glazed Steak Tips and Mushrooms
Beefy steak tips are marinated, seared, and served with mushrooms sautéed in balsamic vinegar.
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Garlic Butter Steak Bites
These steak bites are perfect for your steakhouse cravings.
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Italian Seared Beef
Instead of going all out with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, keep your steak dinner simple with this five-ingredient Italian seared beef recipe from Jamie Oliver.
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Steakhouse Skewers
Juicy steak bites, tender red onion, and baby potatoes are grilled on skewers and brushed with garlic butter.
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Sirloin Steak Sandwiches
This recipe takes sirloin steak, one of the best cuts of meat for your budget, and transforms it into the hearty filling for this dinner-ready sandwich.
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Stovetop Steak
This simple three-step method will give you a perfect stovetop steak — cooked just the way you like it, every time.
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Korean-Style Beef and Broccoli Bowl
Love the sweet and spicy flavors of Korean bulgolgi? This weeknight riff with flank steak is ready faster than takeout.
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Bistek (Beef Marinated with Calamansi, Soy and Onions)
This marinated beef starts with boneless short ribs instead of sirloin, so there's no pounding necessary.
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Pepper Steak
This pepper steak recipe, made with fermented black soybeans and colorful bell peppers, is hearty and filling — perfect for cold-weather months.
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Beef and Broccoli
Beat the delivery driver to dinner with glazed beef and broccoli served straight from the skillet.
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Beef Roasts and Braises

Here’s a few of our favorite ways to turn large cuts of beef, like brisket and chuck roast, into dinner.

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One Pot Italian Beef with Garlic-Butter Bread Bombs

Feast on this extremely comforting one pot meal: cheesy garlic bread "bombs" on top of a beef ragu, brushed with garlic butter, and baked into a complete dinner in the oven until the biscuits are golden-brown and stew is bubbly.

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Instant Pot Beef Birria Tacos
This step-by-step guide will walk you through making the very best homemade beef birria, plus how to turn it into crispy quesatacos.
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Corned Beef and Cabbage
A hearty St. Patrick's Day classic.
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Slow Cooker Roast Beef
It's special enough to serve as a main during the holidays or a date night at home, yet totally doable for a mid-week family dinner.
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Galbi Jjim
These Korean braised short ribs are the definition of umami-rich winter comfort food.
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Beef on Weck
Perfectly rare beef is thinly sliced and smeared with horseradish cream. It’s all stacked on a toasted and salted kaiser roll with caraway seeds and a side of jus. Is your mouth watering yet?
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Classic Cook Pot Roast
After a few hours of cooking, you have tender pieces of beef in a rich, meaty glaze, surrounded by melt-in-your-mouth carrots, potatoes, and onions.
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Slow Cooker Brisket
If you’re looking for a stunning but easy Sunday supper to get you through the long winter or to serve during the upcoming holidays, this is it — classic beef brisket made in the slow cooker.
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Beef Pot Pie

This ultra-comforting meat pie features braised beef, thick gravy, a medley of hearty vegetables, and a top layer of flaky pastry.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
In this beef stroganoff, hearty pieces of inexpensive beef cook alongside mushrooms, onion, and broth in the slow cooker.
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Bulgogi-Style Slow Cooker Beef Tacos
These 3-ingredient slow cooker tacos are the easiest way to bring restaurant-style bulgogi (Korean BBQ beef) to your dinner table.
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Standing Rib Roast
This standing rib roast will bring the wow factor to any special occasion.
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Classic Prime Rib
Here's how to buy, prepare, and roast the most iconic beef roast: prime rib.
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Grilled Beef Tenderloin
Here's why beef tenderloin is superb for the grill: you get tender meat inside plus browned deliciousness on the outside.
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Beef Tenderloin Sliders with Horseradish Sauce

Extend your tenderloin with these hand-held sandwiches.

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Beef Stews and Soups

Beef stews for ultimate coziness on a chilly day.

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The Absolute Best Instant Pot Beef Stew
Tender beef stew made in the Instant Pot in less than an hour.
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Instant Pot Bò Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)
This warming beef stew is ultra fragrant thanks to lemongrass, star anise, ginger, and cinnamon.
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This recipe for traditional Korean soybean paste stew starts with a rich, comforting beef broth, then adds on various vegetables and tender tofu. It all comes together in an Instant Pot, which makes it easy to pull together.
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Guinness Beef Stew
This stew is simmered low and slow in a Guinness-spiked sauce.
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Beef Pho

Our guide to building the deep, complex flavors of a traditional pho — perfect for a long weekend project.

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Quick Beef Pho

A simpler version of the classic using a few shortcuts for a satisfying weeknight dinner.

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African Beef and Peanut Stew

A spicy, hearty, and very fragrant peanut stew made with lots of tomatoes, cayenne, and peanuts and based on a recipe from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Niu Rou Mian 牛肉麵 (Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup)

Long-simmered slices of tender beef and hearty broth with hints of chile and star anise make this a comfort food classic.

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Silky Beef and Porcini Mushroom Stew

Expect the deep, rich notes of a slowly braised stew. Porcini mushrooms add to that richness and the single sprig of rosemary is a faint whisper reminiscent of the scent of crushed pine needles in the forests where porcini mushrooms are found.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Kabocha Squash Stew

This hearty beef and squash stew is Giada Laurentiis' updated take on classic beed and potatoes. It's bright and hearty, and sure to be a new favorite.

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Taco Soup
Soup + tacos = one dreamy bowl that rivals even the best chili.
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Root Vegetable Beef Stew with Mushroom and Spinach Polenta

The chunks of braised beef in smooth-as-silk gravy make this stew a classic, lightened by ample root vegetables.

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Beef, Mushroom, and Farro Soup
Turn Pot Roast leftovers into a one-pot beef, barley, and farro soup that's packed with flavor and depth.
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Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup
Vegetable beef soup made with hearty pieces browned beef and a smart mix of fresh and frozen vegetables.
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Slow-Cooker Beef and Barley Stew with Mushrooms

This winning combination of thyme, beef, and mushrooms will never go out of style, and adding in pearl barley bulks up the stew even more.

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Beef Broth
A step-by-step recipe for making the versatile homemade beef broth.
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Instant Pot Chicken or Beef Bone Broth

Draw out all the richness from your beef bones with this easy bone broth recipe.

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