These beef recipes are perfect for dinner, lunch, and even breakfast!
Whether you need a simple ground beef dinner recipe, slow cooker roast beef recipe, or to learn to cook the perfect steak, everything you need to about beef can be found here.
If you’re looking for something specific, you can search by type of beef, recipe, or ingredient below.
We love beef around here. Its protein packed, easy to cook, freezes well, and tastes amazing.
Some of our most popular beef and steak recipes are the fancy red wine braised short ribs and simple ground beef stroganoff. They always impress, whether you’re throwing a dinner party or looking for a last minute weeknight dinner!
Types Of Beef:
Here are some of the most common types of beef and their uses:
All of these can be broken down further into cuts like rib eye, filet mingon, skirt steak, and more. But these are the basic cuts of beef.
Common Cuts of Beef To Cook With
While all of these are cooking cuts of beef, here’s what you will normally see at the grocery store and in recipes here:
- The usual cuts – these are usually prepared like steaks to be seared or fried
- Ground beef – beef that’s been ground and breaks up while cooked. This can be formed into patties and more for recipes like Italian meatballs.
- Stewing beef – usually tougher meat that’s a little cheaper. This meat is best used in beef stew, slow cooker recipes, and recipes that cook low and slow to avoid the meat drying out.
- Roast beef – as the name implies, roast beef does well when roasted low and slow. To achieve a tender roast beef, sear the outside first to help seal in the juices.
Beef can have a different fat content and tenderness, so it’s always best to refer to a recipe or chart to make sure the beef you pick up works best for the recipe you’re making.
Here are the basic temperatures for beef, from rare to well done, whether you’re grilling steak or have a roast in the oven:
- Rare: 125°F.
- Medium rare: 135°F
- Medium: 145°F
- Medium well: 150°F
- Well done: 160°F
Always double check the temperature of beef before removing it to ensure it is cooked to a safe cooking temperature.
How To Store, Freeze, And Defrost Beef
Cooked beef lasts 3-4 days in the fridge. Once cooled, transfer it to an air tight container or plastic bag.
In the freezer, cooked beef will last up to 6 months. Once cooled, place in a freezer bag in the freezer.
To defrost beef, place it in the fridge the day before you plan to use it.
If you need to defrost it quickly, place the container or bag of beef into a bowl of cold water, replacing the water every 30 minutes.
Never leave beef on the counter to defrost.
Our Favorite Beef Dishes
Here are some of our favorite beef dishes:
- Instant Pot Ribs – always a hit
- American Goulash – a classic
- Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon – great to come home to
- French Dip Sandwiches – a fun lunch
- Taco Meatball Casserole – kid friendly weeknight dinner