Jul 102014
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When I first started cooking in my own kitchen and doing my own grocery shopping, I didn’t buy a lot of beef.  Chicken and meat-free recipes were easiest for me, and I stayed where I was comfortable.  As I started to cook more and more often at-home, eventually I started to add beef to the rotation – specifically lean ground beef.

Ground beef is easy to work with and can be flavored well with seasonings and sauces to meet any sort of craving you might be facing come dinner time. Lean ground beef was also easily available at my local grocery stores, fairly affordable, and hard to mess-up.  Even if my burger patties fell apart mid-cooking, I could always turn them into loose-meat sandwiches without a problem.

It wasn’t until a few years ago when I took an opportunity to try the BOLD Lean Beef Challenge that I really started to learn about beef outside of my ground beef comfort zone. I talk about this more in depth in these posts, too:


20 Easy Beef Recipes Outside the Ground Beef Comfort Zone

Are you in a ground beef comfort zone?  Here are 20 recipes to help you step outside the familiar and try something new!

Add Some FLAVOR! to Meal Time with the Family

Gingery Beef & Broccoli from Ari’s Menu (pictured above)

Asian Crockpot Beef from A Nutritionist Eats. An extra flavorful meal that requires minimal prep is a win in my book!

The Exotic Slow Cooker Pot Roast from Chef Druck

Asian Marinated Flank Steak from My Bizzy Kitchen

Korean Marinated Beef (Bulgogi) from The Adventures of MJ and Hungryman.  Bulgogi is to Korean cooking as meatloaf is to American cooking.  It screams comfort!

Spicy Korean Tacos from Healthy Delicious

Spicy Orange Beef Carnitas from Running to the Kitchen.  This is a sweet, caramelized beef dish that makes plenty of leftovers to reuse throughout the week.

Super Simple Recipes to Ease You Into New Territory

Slow-Cooker Pulled Beef Barbecue from Back to Her Roots.  This is such a wonderfully simple, delicious recipe.  Four ingredients plus eight hours equals delicious.

Burgundy Beef Stew from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

Crockpot Beef on Weck Sliders from Healthy Delicious

Steak Stir Fry from Savvy Eats. This meal is done in 30 minutes and full of nutritious, delicious veggie-power, to boot.

Chicago Style Italian Roast Beef from My Bizzy Kitchen

Beef and Guinness Stew from Rachel Wilkerson

Crockpot Barbacoa and Cilantro Lime Rice from Shugary Sweets.  This recipe calls to anyone who loves Chipotle, especially.


Steak Dinners Sure to Impress

Pepper Steaks with Sauteed Zucchini from Shugary Sweets

The Best Steak Marinade Ever from Layers of Happiness.  Inspired by a trip to Buenos Aires, this is one of the most popular recipes on this blog and rightly so!  The tips for marinades are also super helpful!

Hanger Steak with Shallot Browned Butter from Chef Druck

Garlic Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Chimichurri from How Sweet It Is

Mediterranean Steaks from Ammee’s Savory Dish. Uber simple to prepare and full of terrific flavor, the photos are mouth watering!

Grilled Top Sirloin with Strawberry Salsa from Peanut Butter and Peppers


Another great beef dish recipe resource is the Beef It’s What for Dinner website, which also features recipes from The Healthy Beef Cookbook. [I love the Slow Good BBQ Beef recipe!]

I use the interactive “Butcher Counter” feature on the website ALL of the time when meal planning and grocery list making. Especially to decode cuts of beef in recipes I want to make.  Did you know that some types of beef go by different names depending on the region you live in?  The “Also Known As” listing on each cut’s definition is extremely helpful for newbie non-ground meat purchasers like myself.

What is your favorite beef recipe?

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  10 Responses to “20 Easy Beef Recipes Outside the Ground Beef Comfort Zone”

  1. LOVE all the beef links, I’m always hunting for new recipes. Thanks for the shout out too 🙂

  2. Great round up, Heather! Thanks for including me. Miss you, dear friend! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the link love Heather! Can’t wait to check out all the other recipes – I loves me some beef! Happy Thursday – hugs!

  4. Thanks for including my Asian Crockpot Beef! I’m looking for some new beef recipes right now, so this came at a perfect time! 🙂

  5. Thank you for including me in your delicious round-up Heather!! Everything looks amazing!! xo~

  6. Wow… all these links look awesome!!! Thank’s for featuring our steak marinade 🙂

  7. […] up is Heather – we’ve met at two Beef Checkoff Events, and she has a list of 20 recipes with beef OTHER THAN GROUND beef – she linked up two of my recipes […]

  8. Wow so many beef recipes to choose from! Thanks for continuing to inspire me. Happy cooking 🙂

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