17 Big and Hearty Beef Recipes (2024)

Unless you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just have a strong aversion to beef, you’re going to love this collection of 17 Big and Hearty Beef Recipes. For me, beef is meant to be filling, comforting, and it should always – without fail – be tender, moist, and taste like your mom made it.

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My 17 Big and Hearty Beef Recipes – all made by yours truly – is just that: filling, hearty, beefy, affordable, comfortable, and easy to make right at home. No special gadgets or cooking vessels needed!

Initially, Lord Byron’s Kitchen was a vegetarian blog, but since I started to incorporate meat-based dishes, there’s quite a few beef dishes that use inexpensive cuts of beef and transform them into tender and delicious meals. With winter just around the corner, there’s no better time than now to get your beef on! Come along for the ride!

Some of these recipes might be old news to you, while others might be new. Either way, I hope they are all a gentle reminder of a great recipe that you promised yourself you’d make, and I hope they warm your belly and your home. Here we go:

This first dish, 30 Minute Mongolian Beef, is a dish that combines so many flavours. It’s garlicky, gingery, crispy, sweet, salty, and oh, so tasty! These words only partially describe 30 Minute Mongolian Beef; it’s a dish that has to be tasted to be truly appreciated and understood.

Next, we’ll slow things down a little with braised beef short ribs. Seared to lock in moisture, and slowly baked in a red wine gravy with veggies, Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs are perfect for Sunday night family dinners or a romantic dinner for two at home.

Lord Byron’s Kitchen has only a few slow cooker recipes, but with the cooler temperatures ahead, there will be more coming your way. In the meantime, it’s safe to assume that everyone loves pulled pork, but why should pork have all of the fun? My Slow Cooker Barbeque Pulled Beef is a perfect pork substitute – slowly roasted, tender shreds of beef, with exceptionally great flavours!

Slow cookers doesn’t mean that all of your meat has to be broken down so much that it’s pulled or shredded. If cooked just right, the beef can be sliced too. Rich in flavour, these sweet, spicy, tangySlow Cooker BBQ Sliced Beef Sandwiches, are sure to be a hit! A great way to tenderize inexpensive cuts of beef and add extreme flavour!

Sliced beef make me think of popular buffet type dishes like this thinly sliced beef which has been lightly seared and tossed in a thick orange-based sauce. Orange Ginger Garlic Beef is a quick take-out inspired dish which packs a punch of flavour while using just a few fresh ingredients.

My favourite thing about beef is that it can hold up to big and bold flavours.There’s just no beating the flavour combination of sweet and sour; it’s simple, inexpensive, rustic, and delicious. Sweet and Sour Braised Beef Short Ribs are easy to prepare and delightfully indulgent!

Not having a slow cooker at home, doesn’t mean you are not going to enjoy some tender, moist beef. This next recipe will make sure of that!Succulent and moist, and slowly braised with onions and a delicious home-made broth. Oven Roasted Beef Sirloin is tender and super flavourful; a perfect Sunday dinner main!

Beef doesn’t have to be sirloin or in roast form. Ground beef is super affordable and easy to cook with as well. So, how about a soup recipe in this 17 Big and Hearty Beef Recipes post?A soup that’s a complete meal! Beef and Pasta Tomato Soup covers all the bases in terms of being a well-balanced meal. It’s delicious, hearty, mom/dad-approved, and kid-friendly too!

A more classic soup recipe, using beef, is my Slow Braised Beef Stew with Rice; it’s not a typical beef stew, but it’s absolutely delicious nonetheless. Loaded with tender chunks of beef, and carrots, peppers, celery, corn, and rice, this stew is perfect anytime!

Like the Mongolian Beef recipe above, this recipe also takes 30 minutes from start to finish.Tenderized cuts of beef, fried until crispy, and coated in a garlic and ginger sauce – 30 Minute Ginger Beef is an inexpensive dinner the whole family will love!

I had almost forgotten about this slow cooker beef recipe! I have to include this one because slow cooker-based meals are meant to be easy and affordable.Three Ingredient Slow Cooker Pot Roast can’t be beaten in terms of price and ease. So delicious and tender, a great way to use cheaper cuts of beef.

While most of us think of beef recipes in terms of stews, steaks, or roasts, I also like beef in the form of pasta sauce. Have you ever tried a Braised Beef Ragu instead of regular pasta sauce? Slow-roasted, seasoned braised beef, cooked to perfection then shredded and added to a delicious, hearty marinara sauce – the perfect ragu sauce for a thick-cut pasta dish!

Because it’s fun to eat meat on sticks, I’m including this beef skewer recipe that can be made right on your stove top with any old grill pan.Tender, thinly sliced sirloin tip steak, grilled to perfection with a sweet glaze. Teriyaki Steak Skewers are a great indoor or outdoor grilling option!

Next, Slow Braised Barbequed Beef Bites are tender and moist with just the right amount of heat and sweet. This recipe is the perfect way to enjoy deep barbeque flavours without grilling.

An easy game day favourite; Barbeque Beef Bites are deliciously simple to make and smothered in a sweet, spicy, thick, homemade barbeque sauce. As far as appetizers go, you’ll be the winner; hands down!

And, probably my personal favourite – moist, succulent, perfectly seasoned, and bite-sized; these are just a few ways to describe these Roasted Herbed Beef Tips. Marinated and oven-roasted to perfection, and using the most simple ingredients, beef is transformed into a mouth-watering dish with numerous serving options.

Another really great recipe for cubed beef is this one – it’s aclassic recipe with simple, rustic ingredients; Pepper Steak with Pearl Onions is a family favourite! Loaded with beef, peppers, and onions, and all tossed in an easy gravy, this dish is cheap, but super impressive!

Lastly, a bonus recipe! I wanted to remind you of my beef seasoning recipe. If you ever need a simple beef seasoning, look no further. Most home cooks know that pre-mixed seasoning blends are perfect for those of us with a busy lifestyle. Add this Roast Beef Seasoning Blend to a slow-roasted beef, a pan-seared steak, or toss it with some roasted potatoes. Perfect flavour for the serious meat eater and vegetarian too!

There you go, Dear Reader, 17 Big and Hearty Beef Recipes for you to refer to over and over again. Like most of my recipe collections, you can find all of these recipes here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen. Don’t forget to check out my sides section for great ideas to accompany these beef dishes. Enjoy!

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What is the best way to cook a beef? ›

Braising or pot-roasting—cooking with moist heat—tenderizes meat and is ideal for large roasts and tough bone-in cuts from the chuck, loin and round. Another benefit: It's relatively labor-light.

How do you make beef more flavorful? ›

Beef tastes great when seasoned with oregano, rosemary, sage, garlic or a combination of these seasonings.

How to cook very lean ground beef? ›

Because the meat has less fat, it could use a little cooking oil for frying or grilling. Sear the beef over a high heat on a grill or stovetop skillet to seal in its juices, then proceed with a lower temperature to finish grilling, frying, or roasting. Cuts like steaks are less forgiving.

How do you cook beef so it doesn't dry out? ›

When cooking a roast in the oven, keep it uncovered until roasted to the desired doneness. After removing from the oven, tent with foil and let stand 15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, preventing them from draining out during carving—and preventing dry, disappointing meat.

How do Chinese make beef so tender? ›

While there are several ways to velvet, a pound of meat needs about two teaspoons of cornstarch and two teaspoons of oil, says Leung. You may also include two to three tablespoons of water. For beef, add a 1/4-teaspoon of baking soda for tenderizing. Additional seasonings are optional and vary from recipe to recipe.

What can I soak beef in to make it tender? ›

Simply soak your beef cuts in these natural tenderisers before cooking, and we guarantee the beef will be fall-apart tender!
  1. 1) Tea. Tea contains tannins, which are a natural tenderiser. ...
  2. 2) Coffee. ...
  3. 3) Cola. ...
  4. 4) Pineapple, pawpaw, figs, kiwis. ...
  5. 5) Ginger. ...
  6. 6) Baking Soda. ...
  7. 7) Vinegar. ...
  8. 8) Beer or wine.
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What's the best seasoning for beef? ›

Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Sage, and Bay leaves are the best dried herbs to use when cooking beef. To use dried herbs with beef, you should consider which ones you want to include in your recipe and when you should add them.

How do you deepen beef flavor? ›

  1. Add herbs and spices: Mix in dried herbs and spices such as cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder to give your ground beef a bolder flavor.
  2. Use a marinade: Marinate the ground beef in a flavorful liquid such as Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, or red wine before cooking.
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What spices add flavor to meat? ›

Basil – this spice adds a refreshing, hearty tone to beef, and the flavors of this spice complement the meat. Yellow mustard powder – a very pungent seasoning that produces a sharp taste when used for burgers. Onion/garlic – much like yellow mustard powder, this spice creates that classic, strong taste for your beef.

Should you drain the fat when cooking ground beef? ›

While it's fine to get rid of some excess grease, you always want to keep some of it in the pan. If you rinse away all the grease, you're literally rinsing away flavor, and your beef will end up dry.

Should I cook onions before ground beef? ›

Preferably brown the beef, remove then cook onions. However if you don't want to remove food from the pan, reverse and start the onions the add beef. Onions can withstand more cooking and benefit from longer cooking.

Should you drain lean ground beef? ›

Cooking and draining ground beef significantly reduces fat and calorie content,” Dr. Garden-Robinson said. The fat content in an 80% lean patty reduces from 22.6 grams of fat to 15 grams after cooking, according to research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

What are 3 different ways to cook beef? ›

Primary meat cooking techniques include braising, stewing, pot roasting, barbecuing/smoking, pan searing, grilling/broiling, pan frying, roasting, and stir frying.

What is the most tender beef to cook? ›

Grilling Filet Mignon

Black Angus filet mignon is the most tender cut of beef used for steaks. It comes from the smaller end of the tenderloin and should be well-marbled. You can grill it or cook it in a skillet and is best served blue rare or rare.

What is the most effective way to cook meat? ›

From a health standpoint, the best ways to cook meat are slow cooking, pressure cooking and sous vide. However, all methods of cooking meat have advantages and disadvantages. Some of the most popular types, including grilling and deep-frying, are concerning due to the high levels of toxic by-products they create.

What is the most tender cut of beef to cook? ›

The most tender of all cuts of beef, tenderloin steaks are lean and known for their delicate, butter-like texture and thick cut.

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