Soooo, you bought a side of beef…or maybe you went a little crazy on some grocery store deals. Either way, you’ve got a freezer full of beef, and now you need some great recipes to put it all to good use. I’ve partnered with The Ohio Beef Council to bring you over 60 Beef Recipes that use every single cut of beef, so whether you’ve got roasts or short ribs or even tongue (!), I’ve got a recipe for you! I’ll be referencing the chart below so you can see where each cut comes from and including helpful tips on how to prepare each cut for maximum flavor and tenderness. So go ahead and fill up that freezer. You can make a great beef dinner any night of the week!
Tips: Most steaks (Ribeyes, T-bone, Porterhouse, Filet) do well with nothing more than a sprinkle of Kosher salt and pepper, and maybe a dab of butter. I like to cook my steaks in a cast iron skillet like in this Cast Iron Ribeye with Mushrooms. Other steaks, like flank, skirt, and sirloin are better marinated, grilled, and then sliced to use for sandwiches, tacos, or stir fry.
Perfect Porterhouse Steak with Parsley Shallot Butter from Good Dinner Mom (porterhouse)
Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches from Climbing Grier Mountain (ribeye)
Steak and Blue Cheese Salad from NeighborFood (ribeye)
Salpicon Fattoush Salad from Hola Jalapeno (flank steak)
Mongolian Beef Noodle Bowls from Iowa Girl Eats (flank steak)
Steak Cobb Salad from The Lean Green Bean (flank steak)
BBQ Steakhouse Sandwich from One Sweet Mess (flank steak)
Grilled Flank Steak Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions from NeighborFood (flank steak)
10 Minute Beef Broccolini Bowls from The Creative Bite (sirloin)
Steak Skewers with Chimichurri from Jelly Toast (sirloin)
Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri from Eat the Love (skirt steak)
Steak and Potato Salad from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen (skirt steak)
Coffee Rubbed Hanger Steak from Healthy Delicious (hanger steak)
Slow Cooker Mushroom Round Steaks with Gravy from Real Housemoms (round steak)
Best Filet Mignon with Herb Butter from Wholesome Yum (filet)
Tips: A substantial part of a side of beef will be turned into ground beef. Ground beef is a great affordable choice for families, and luckily there are many different ways to use it! Below I’ve included familiar favorites like meatloaf and burgers and more unusual recipes like tater tot casserole and ground beef gyros.
Korean BBQ Meatballs from Cake Whiz
DIY Healthy Ta-Cones from Two Healthy Kitchens
Healthy Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup from Food Faith Fitness
Beef Stroganoff from Saving Dessert
Homemade Hamburger Helper from Rachel Cooks
30 Minute Beef Chili from Joyful Healthy Eats
Salisbury Steak from Hungry Couple NYC
Beef Marsala and Scalloped Potato Casserole from Kevin is Cooking
Walking Tacos from NeighborFood
Johnny Marzetti from NeighborFood
Mom’s Green Bean Chili from NeighborFood
Cheesy Ground Beef Empanadas from NeighborFood
Banh Mi Burgers from NeighborFood
Mom’s Cottage Cheese Lasagna from NeighborFood
Spicy and Smoky Candied Bacon Burgers from Go Go Go Gourmet
Loaded Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes from NeighborFood
Tips: Most sides of beef will include several different kinds of roasts. Roasts are best braised or cooked low and slow in either a slow cooker or in the oven. Before slow cooking, I highly recommend browning the beef in a pan on the stove top as it really help develop the flavor. As you can see from the recipes below, roasts are very versatile and can be used for everything from a traditional pot roast recipe to shredded Korean beef to hearty stews.
Slow Cooker Korean Beef from I Heart Eating
Pressure Cooker Pot Roast from Gluten Free Pressure Cooker
Stout French Onion Soup Beef Sandwiches from The Beeroness
Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Beef Bowls from NeighborFood
Slow Cooked Shredded Beef Ragu from Recipe Tin Eats
Red Wine Pot Roast with Mushrooms and Egg Noodles from NeighborFood
Crock Pot Barbacoa Beef from NeighborFood
Weeknight Beef Fajitas from Girl Gone Gourmet
Beef Bourguignon from Mon Petit Four
Brisket is often smoked and sliced for sandwiches, but it also takes well to roasting and slow cooking.
Slow Cooked Beef Brisket Tacos from Foolproof Living
Guinness Braised Brisket with Potatoes from One Sweet Mess
Life Changing Sunday Brisket from Country Cleaver
Slow Cooker Honey BBQ Beef Brisket from Creme de la Crumb
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket French Dip Sandwiches from NeighborFood
Tip: Short ribs do well with braising or slow cooking and make amazing shredded beef for tacos or stews. You can also serve them whole, bone-in, over mashed potatoes, polenta, or (as seen below) french fries!
Short Rib Tacos with Raddichio Apple Slaw from Girl Gone Gourmet
Braised Short Rib Stew with Creamy Gorgonzola Polenta from Cooking on the Weekends
Caramelized Root Beer Short Ribs from Sweet Recipeas
Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs from Big Bear’s Wife
Short Rib Fries from The View from Great Island
Tip: If you order a side or quarter of beef, the butcher will likely include a few pounds of stew beef. This beef usually comes from the leftovers of other cuts, and is cut into bite sized chunks. Unsurprisingly, stew beef works well for stew and for slow cooking. You can also make your own stew beef by cutting a roast into bite sized pieces.
Beef Tips and Rice from Flavor Mosaic (or use sirloin)
Crock Pot Beef and Vegetable Soup from Julie’s Eats and Treats
Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup from The Food Charlatan
Slow Cooker French Onion Beef Stew from NeighborFood
Tips: Cube Steak (also called Swiss Steak) is usually made by pounding round or sirloin steak with a meat tenderizer or sending it through an electric tenderizer. Many butchers offer the option to cube steak for you as part of their processing. If you like chicken fried steak, you’ll want to make sure to include a few pounds of this in your order!
Fork Tender Cube Steak and Gravy from The Weary Chef
Chicken Fried Steak Sandwiches from Miss in the Kitchen
Steak Fingers with Country Gravy from A Spicy Perspective
Odds and Ends
You might end up with a few fun extras in your side like tongue, liver, or a soup bones. If you find yourself in this happy predicament, here are a few ways to use the odds and ends!
Beef Bone Broth from Epicurious
Beef Tacos de Lengua from Simply Recipes
Beef Liver with Fig, Bacon, and Caramelized Onions from The Healthy Foodie
For more recipes and cooking tips, be sure to visit The Ohio Beef Council’s How To page and Beef It’s What’s For Dinner’s Cut Collections, both of which are filled with helpful information for finding the right cut and recipe to suit your family’s needs.