Beef 27 Ways: The Pioneer Woman's Meatiest Recipes

The ultimate in versatility, beef gets a starring role in Ree Drummond's family-friendly picks like comforting stew and quick-fix tacos.

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Meatloaf

To make sure that her meatloaf turns out plenty moist, Ree adds a few slices of milk-soaked bread to the beef-Parmesan mixture with eggs. For over-the-top flavor, she blankets the loaf with bacon before covering it in a sweet and tangy lacquer of ketchup and brown sugar. 

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Beef Noodle Salad Bowls with Peanut Sauce

"You can make the steak and noodles well in advance of when you want to serve them," Ree notes of two components of her fuss-free lunch. When it's time to eat, just slice the steak, combine it with the noodles and add the savory peanut butter-ginger sauce. 

Get the Recipe: Beef Noodle Salad Bowls with Peanut Sauce

Short Rib Sandwiches

After a few hours of simmering in a red wine bath, the short ribs become tender and succulent — and the ideal centerpiece for a meaty sandwich.

Get the Recipe: Short Rib Sandwiches

Teriyaki Beef Stir-Fry

A sweet-salty marinade featuring brown sugar, lime zest and soy sauce infuses bold flavor into the beef, which Ree cooks with fresh vegetables and serves with rice for an all-in-one dinner.

Get the Recipe: Teriyaki Beef Stir-Fry

Slow-Cooker Sunday Stew

After simmering in a beer-laced broth for a few hours, Ree's hearty stew delivers succulent beef, tender veggies and a rich gravy. She likes to serve the dish with lemony pasta for the ultimate warming meal.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sunday Stew

Fajita Nachos

This mash-up recipe brings together the best of fajitas — the juicy flank steak, sweet peppers and onions — and all that's satisfying about nachos, including plenty of cheesy chips. Thanks to the beef, Ree's nachos are elevated from appetizer to entree status.

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Beef Pot Pies

Who says chicken is the only protein fit to cook under a buttery crust? The filling in Ree's top-rated pot pies boasts beef cooked in a red wine sauce, plus crispy bacon for a subtle smoky taste. 

Get the Recipe: Beef Pot Pies

Asian Beef Skewers

Simply seasoned and quickly grilled, these fast-fix skewers are best served with Ree's mayo-based sauce, spiked with lime juice and vinegar for bright flavor.

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Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

Made in just a single pot, this all-in-one supper, featuring tender carrots, parsnips and turnip, simmers in a savory beef broth over low heat so the meat can slowly break down and become tender.

Get the Recipe: Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

Chicken-Fried Steak with Gravy

Don't let the name fool you; Ree's tried-and-true cowboy meal isn't made with chicken. She opts for cube steak to make this hearty fried favorite, which is best served with mashed potatoes and plenty of creamy gravy.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy

Perfect Pot Roast

While the red wine and beef broth add plenty of rich, comforting flavor to Ree's 5-star pot roast, a duo of fresh herbs — rosemary and thyme — brighten up the dish.

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Simple, Perfect Chili

Ree's secret for a just-right consistency in her chili? A simple mixture of corn flour and water, which gently thickens the chili as it simmers. 

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Rib-Eye Steak with Onion Blue Cheese Sauce

It's all about timeless simplicity in Ree's hearty steaks, which she coats in a simple combination of salt, pepper and butter before grilling. 

Get the Recipe: Rib Eye Steak with Onion Blue Cheese Sauce

Beth’s Brisket

Ree cooks vegetables such as carrots and onions with the brisket, guaranteeing over-the-top flavor. 

Get the Recipe: Beth's Brisket

Beef with Snow Peas

Sometimes you just can’t spend an hour making dinner, and that’s where Ree’s 16-minute beef with snow peas comes in. Marinating the steak in a sweet-savory mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger gives this quick dish a bold flavor.   

Get the Recipe: Beef with Snow Peas

Burgundy Beef Stew

Ree’s secret to a flavor-packed stew? A dollop of tomato paste. “It just adds a richness, a tanginess, a little bit of depth of color,” she says.  

Get the Recipe: Burgundy Beef Stew

Red Wine Pot Roast

Pot roast is a classic supper pick, and Ree’s recipe is packed with flavor. Follow Ree's advice when it comes to prepping the beef: “If you cook the pot roast and it’s too tough, it just hasn’t cooked long enough,” she says. 

Get the Recipe: Red Wine Pot Roast

Rib-Eye Quesadillas

Ree marinates the rib-eye steaks in an orange juice, soy sauce and chipotle mixture to pack these easy quesadillas with tons of flavor.

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Baked Ziti

Dig your fork below the blanket of gooey mozzarella on top of Ree's big-batch casserole and find pasta tossed in a hearty beef-sausage sauce waiting for you underneath. Follow Ree's lead and let the dish rest for a few minutes after baking it; this will help the cheeses firm up slightly, so they don't ooze all over the plate when you serve it.

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Salisbury Steak

After pan-frying the beef patties, which Ree dresses up with Worcestershire sauce for extra flavor, she quickly simmers them in an onion gravy so they turn out warm and moist.

Get the Recipe: Salisbury Steak

Cowboy Nachos

By marinating the beef brisket for a day or two with plenty of soy sauce, lemon juice and garlic, Ree guarantees layer upon layer of flavor in her craveable nachos. She tops the chips with the braised meat, plus bacon-scented pinto beans, creamy Monterey Jack cheese and homemade pico de gallo for a fresh, slightly spicy bite.

Get the Recipe: Cowboy Nachos

Smashed Burgers

Just as their name suggests, these burgers are smashed flat as they cook, and they take just a few minutes to prepare. After flipping the patties, Ree blankets them with American cheese before serving them with classic burger fixings.

Get the Recipe: Smashed Burgers

Beef with Broccoli

The ultimate in quick-fix cooking, Ree's 15-minute dinner is packed with the bold flavor of a double-duty sauce made with soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger. This salty-sweet mixture not only marinates the flank steak, but also serves as the base of the cooking liquid.

Get the Recipe: Beef With Broccoli

Comfort Meatballs

It's all about the balance of sweet and savory in these potluck-ready meatballs, as the sauce in which they're baked boasts ketchup, a splash of vinegar and a pinch of sugar. For a subtle hint of spice, Ree adds just a dash of hot sauce.

Get the Recipe: Comfort Meatballs

Beef Stroganoff

Thanks to the sour cream and Dijon mustard, there's a bit of welcome tang in Ree's stroganoff sauce, which is rounded out by earthy cremini mushrooms. She opts to prepare the sauce in the same pan that she sears the sirloin in, so it picks up all of the meat's residual flavor.

Get the Recipe: Beef Stroganoff

Beef Tacos

Once you've prepared the ground beef mixture with a trio of spices — chili powder, cumin and paprika — it all comes down to assembly. Decide whether you prefer flour or corn tortillas, then fill them with the beef and top with your favorite trimmings, like grated cheese, fresh tomatoes and lettuce.

Get the Recipe: Beef Tacos

Tenderloin Sandwiches

Ree lets the natural richness of the beef speak for itself in this easy recipe, as she roasts the tenderloins with just olive oil and peppercorns. For the ultimate meaty sandwich, pile the sliced meat atop rolls with brown mustard and horseradish sauce. 

Get the Recipe: Tenderloin Sandwiches

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