44 amazing recipes for beef

From succulent roasts to smoky chilis, these tasty recipes make the most of the meat's juicy flavor

Oven-Smoked Chuck-Eye with Horseradish Cream

Maren Caruso

Oven-Smoked Chuck-Eye with Horseradish Cream

Tracy Smaciarz, who owns Heritage Meats in Rochester, Washington, cold-smokes this cut, then grills it over indirect heat. You can get a similar effect by oven-smoking the roast with wood chips and onions.

Recipe: Oven-Smoked Chuck-Eye with Horseradish Cream

Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

Leigh Beisch

Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

Bacon, fire-roasted tomatoes, and spicy smoked paprika give this easy-to-make chili a deep, complex flavor.

Recipe: Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

Thai Beef Salad

Leo Gong

Thai Beef Salad

Some sort of magic happens when you combine a few simple ingredients to turn out this simple, refreshing salad.

Recipe: Thai Beef Salad

Paprika Short-Rib Beef Stew

Leo Gong

Paprika Short-Rib Beef Stew

Hot paprika, pimentón, and bacon give this savory beef stew recipe a hot, smoky flavor.

Recipe: Paprika Short-Rib Beef Stew

Grilled Beef and Spring Onion Salad

Annabelle Brakey

Grilled Beef and Spring Onion Salad

To add even more delicious flavor to this salad, try eating the young leaves from your radishes instead of composting them.

Recipe: Grilled Beef and Spring Onion Salad

Spicy Beef Cross-Rib Roast with Caramelized Clementine Sauce

Iain Bagwell

Spicy Beef Cross-Rib Roast with Caramelized Clementine Sauce

Chinese orange-peel beef was the inspiration for this roast.

Recipe: Spicy Beef Cross-Rib Roast with Caramelized Clementine Sauce

Dutch Oven–Braised Beef and Summer Vegetables

Thomas J. Story

Dutch Oven–Braised Beef and Summer Vegetables

After a day of hiking or swimming, Chef Adam Sappington (from The Country Cat in Portland) likes the simplicity of cooking a one-pot meal like this for his wife and their two young sons.

Recipe: Dutch Oven–Braised Beef and Summer Vegetables 

Carne Asada con Mojo

Alex Farnum

Carne Asada con Mojo 

Carne asada is a simple dish, but a well-balanced marinade and the right cut can make it memorable. Here we use easy-to-find skirt steak and a marinade combining orange and lime juices.

Recipe: Carne Asada con Mojo 

Twice-Baked Beef Brisket with Onions

James Carrier

Twice-Baked Beef Brisket with Onions

Double baking this brisket gets a lot of the prep work for a large dinner party out of the way ahead of time, and the meat soaks up the pan juices and becomes amazingly moist and succulent.

Recipe:  Twice-Baked Beef Brisket with Onions

Korean-Style Tofu, Vegetable, and Beef Stew

 Alex Farnum

Korean-Style Tofu, Vegetable, and Beef Stew

This rustic soup, called doenjang jjigae in Korean, is pure comfort in a bowl.

Recipe: Korean-Style Tofu, Vegetable, and Beef Stew

Beef Rib Roast with Rosemary

Annabelle Breakey

Beef Rib Roast with Rosemary

Rosemary sprigs and garlic cloves scent rather than overwhelm the rib roast, which is otherwise seasoned only with salt and pepper.

Recipe: Beef Rib Roast with Rosemary

Shaking Beef

Iain Bagwell

Shaking Beef

In Vietnam, this classic--named for how the meat is tossed in the pan--is usually made with tough, overcooked beef cuts. For his version, which has been on the Slanted Door's menu since 1995, Charles Phan uses grass-fed filet mignon.

Recipe: Shaking Beef

Salt-and-Pepper Beef Roast

James Carrier

Salt-and-Pepper Beef Roast

Potatoes, baked alongside the beef roast, make a perfectly easy accompaniment. The meat, hot or cold, tastes the most tender when sliced very thin; an electric knife does a good job.

Recipe: Salt-and-Pepper Beef Roast

 

Japanese Beef Bowl

Karen Steffens

Japanese Beef Bowl

Beef and onion stir-fry gets a boost from a dash of sake and smattering of cilantro leaves. Serve over fluffy rice to soak up every last drop of the yummy sauce.

Recipe: Japanese Beef Bowl

Classic Western Burger

James Carrier

Classic Western Burgers

To make these bacon and cheddar burgers even better, top them with our special slaw.

Recipe: Classic Western Burgers

Spicy Shredded Beef

David Prince

Spicy Shredded Beef

A little like a Mexican sloppy Joe, this juicy dish is best sandwiched in crusty French rolls and topped with shredded cabbage, red onion, sliced tomato, cilantro, and sour cream.

Recipe: Spicy Shredded Beef

Beef and Star Anise Noodle Soup

Iain Bagwell

Beef and Star Anise Noodle Soup

This rich, hearty dish is based on the Szechuan beef noodle soup at Queen’s House in Mountain View, California.

Recipe: Beef and Star Anise Noodle Soup

Poached Brisket of Beef with Salsa Verde

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Poached Brisket of Beef with Salsa Verde

Most butchers divide a whole brisket into the flat half or first cut, which is lean and squarish, and the point cut, which is fattier and triangular—and more flavorful and tender. (Save the leftover broth for soup or risotto.)

Recipe: Poached Brisket of Beef with Salsa Verde 

 

Smoky Beef Stew with Blue Cheese and Chives

Leigh Beisch

Smoky Beef Stew with Blue Cheese and Chives

If you’re looking for the kind of stew that Grandma used to make, look no further. This stew is only made better with the addition of creamy blue cheese sprinkled on top.

Recipe:  Smoky Beef Stew with Blue Cheese and Chives

Chinese-Style Beef, Sweet Potato, and Bok Choy Stew

Leigh Beisch

Chinese-Style Beef, Sweet Potato, and Bok Choy Stew

This quick stew is a perfect weeknight meal for a cold winter night.

Recipe:  Chinese-Style Beef, Sweet Potato, and Bok Choy Stew

Beef with Tomatoes, Pasta, and Chili Sauce

James Carrier

Beef with Tomatoes, Pasta, and Chili Sauce

While researching a story on Peruvian cooking, we came across tallarín saltado, a popular fusion dish that combines Asian stir-fry techniques with beef, fresh tomatoes, Asian chili sauce, and Italian spaghetti. It was a hit here at Sunset: It's fast and easy, and you can substitute other meats, vegetables, or different kinds of pasta.

Recipe: Beef with Tomatoes, Pasta, and Chili Sauce

 

 

Chorizo-Beef Nachos

Annabelle Breakey

Chorizo-Beef Nachos

Crowd-pleasing nachos are a great weeknight meal when piled high with spicy chorizo, jalapenos, and creamy guacamole.  

Recipe:  Chorizo-Beef Nachos

Korean Beef Wraps

Annabelle Breakey

Korean Beef Wraps

Sushi rice, grilled steak, garlicky soy sauce and lettuce make for a tasty—and foolproof—meal, with no utensils required.

Recipe: Korean Beef Wraps

Slow-Braised Beef Stew with Mushrooms

James Carrier

Slow-Braised Beef Stew with Mushrooms

Beef short ribs develop a rich, succulent flavor thanks to a combination of Asian flavors like soy sauce and ginger with red wine and zest of orange. Serve atop mashed potatoes for a satisfying comfort meal.

Recipe:  Slow-Braised Beef Stew with Mushrooms

Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Fresh Herbs

Annabelle Breakey

Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Fresh Herbs

When you're in the mood to splurge on ultra-tender beef tenderloin, look no further.

Recipe: Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Fresh Herbs

Korean Kimchi Burgers

Annabelle Breakey

Korean Kimchi Burgers

Follow the recipe to make your own kimchi, or take a shortcut and use the condiment ready-made from the store.

Recipe: Korean Kimchi Burgers

Beef, Broccolini, and Bread Salad with Salsa Verde

Iain Bagwell

Beef, Broccolini, and Bread Salad with Salsa Verde

Robust, briny, and herbaceous, Italian-style salsa verde works beautifully as both a marinade and a table sauce.

Recipe: Beef, Broccolini, and Bread Salad with Salsa Verde

Roast Beef and Two-Chile Grilled Cheese on Onion Rolls

Annabelle Breakey

Roast Beef and Two-Chile Grilled Cheese on Onion Rolls

We love how spicy this sandwich is, but if you prefer less heat, cut back on the chipotle mayo and the green chiles.

Recipe:  Roast Beef and Two-Chile Grilled Cheese on Onion Rolls

Beef-Ale Stew and Green Onion-Buttermilk Dumplings

Jim Franco

Beef-Ale Stew and Green Onion-Buttermilk Dumplings

Rich with ale and caramelized onions, this stew provides a thick, hearty base for the fluffy white dumplings that are dropped in at the end of cooking.

Recipe: Beef-Ale Stew and Green Onion-Buttermilk Dumplings


 

Roasted Vegetable and Mini Meatball Pappardelle

Roasted Vegetable and Mini Meatball Pappardelle

Although it's pricier than ordinary ground beef, grass-fed (usually found at farmers' markets) goes a long way when rolled into mini meatballs.

Recipe: Roasted Vegetable and Mini Meatball Pappardelle

Cola Shredded Beef Tacos

Annabelle Breakey

Cola Shredded Beef Tacos

This recipe is adapted from one in Amor y Tacos (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, May 2010; $19) by San Diego–based chef Deborah Schneider.

Recipe:  Cola Shredded Beef Tacos

Toyoshimas' Teriyaki Tri-Tip

Lara Hata

Toyoshimas' Teriyaki Tri-Tip

Based on an old Hawaiian family recipe, this teriyaki marinade does its magic overnight; you can also use it for chicken and pork.

Recipe:  Toyoshimas' Teriyaki Tri-Tip

Standing Rib Roast

James Carrier

Standing Rib Roast

This juicy rib roast is worthy of a special gathering. Accompany the beef with prepared horseradish for a superb flavor combination.

Recipe: Standing Rib Roast

Garlic-Rubbed Tri-Tip with Mint Caper Salsa

Maren Caruso

Garlic-Rubbed Tri-Tip with Mint Caper Salsa

This wintertime take on the barbecue classic is elegantly Mediterranean.

Recipe: Garlic-Rubbed Tri-Tip with Mint Caper Salsa

 

Achiote Short Ribs with Ancho Barbecue Sauce and Avocado Relish

Alex Farnum

Achiote Short Ribs with Ancho Barbecue Sauce and Avocado Relish

James Beard award–nominated chef Mark Fischer is forging his own Southwest style at Restaurant Six89 in Carbondale, Colorado, with dishes like these ribs: They’re oven-braised with citrus and achiote, then finished on the grill with smoky chile sauce. At the restaurant, he uses boned beef short ribs, but we kept it simple by leaving the bones in. The recipe is also outstanding made with pork spareribs.

Recipe: Achiote Short Ribs with Ancho Barbecue Sauce and Avocado Relish

Puttanesca Meatball Sliders

Iain Bagwell

Puttanesca Meatball Sliders

Transform classic puttanesca sauce into a topping for casual meatball sliders. These work well as a main course or as an appetizer. Close them with long toothpicks if you like.

Recipe: Puttanesca Meatball Sliders

Cherry and Brie Burgers with Rosemary and Grilled Onion

Iain Bagwell

Cherry and Brie Burgers with Rosemary and Grilled Onion

Here we've mixed up classic grilled burgers with more unusual suspects, dried cherries and rosemary, which add a sweet herbaceousness to the smoky patties.

Recipe: Cherry and Brie Burgers with Rosemary and Grilled Onion

Burrito de La Calle

Thomas J. Story

Burrito de La Calle

Enjoy our quicker adaptation of the amazing beef and bean burrito recipe from La Calle Asadero in Oakland.

Recipe: Burrito de La Calle

Grass-Fed Top Round Roast

Brown Cannon III

Grass-Fed Top Round Roast

Tasty (and affordable) grass-fed top round makes an excellent roast when seared and cooked rare (beyond medium-rare, it will be tough). Bring the meat to room temperature before cooking so it roasts evenly.

Recipe: Grass-Fed Top Round Roast

Spice-Crusted Prime Rib

Annabelle Breakey

Spice-Crusted Prime Rib

Coated in a spicy, sugary mixture, this prime rib roast is simple to make but indulgent in every other way.

Recipe: Spice-Crusted Prime Rib

Chinese Glazed Riblets with Garlic and Thai Basil

Alex Farnum

Chinese Glazed Riblets with Garlic and Thai Basil

For these crisp, garlicky ribs, Alexander Ong, chef of Betelnut restaurant in San Francisco, uses Chinese red vinegar and mushroom soy sauce. If you substitute regular vinegar and soy sauce, they’ll be lighter in color and flavor but still delicious.

Recipe: Chinese Glazed Riblets with Garlic and Thai Basil

Pot Roast with Wild Mushrooms and Fresh Thyme

Annabelle Breakey

Pot Roast with Wild Mushrooms and Fresh Thyme

A hearty protein-rich meal needs a seductive wine by its side. Reacquaint yourself with Merlot, and pair a glass with with this classic comfort-food dish for a cozy night in.

Recipe:  Pot Roast with Wild Mushrooms and Fresh Thyme  

The Hatch Burger

Courtesy of Umami Burger

The Hatch Burger

At Umami Burger restaurants in Los Angeles and San Francisco, these juicy, full-flavored, mildly spicy burgers are seasoned with Umami Dust and Umami Master Sauce (order at umami.com/shop). Soy sauce makes a good substitute.

Recipe: The Hatch Burger

Gorgonzola-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Elaine Johnson

Gorgonzola-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce

This holiday roast has it all: velvety meat, salty cheese filling, a savory-sweet sauce, and a touch of smoke.

Recipe: Gorgonzola-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce

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