5 Family-Friendly Beef Dinners

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Where’s the Beef? Right here! Today we’re swapping beef recipes that are tasty and family-friendly.

I love beef! This week on date night we went to a local restaurant with a gift card from my mom. (Thanks, Mom!) I ordered what I fondly remember my mom bringing home from her date nights: steak, salad, and a baked potato. Probably one of my favorite meals ever.

Probably, thanks to the fact that she always let me have her “doggie bag” when she came home from a night out with Dad.

This week on Ultimate Recipe Swap we’re sharing beef recipes. And while I don’t have a great steak recipe to share, I do have some yummy beef recipes to add to your repertoire.

Here are some of our favorites:

Lawnmower Taco – hands down, one of my kids’ favorite meals. Not only is it super easy to prepare, but it’s also very freezer-friendly, making it a great addition to your freezer cooking daze. Yes, the chips soften in the casserole, creating a tamale pie type texture. I find this is a great way to use up stale tortilla chips.

Paso Mom Tacos – These decadent homefried tacos are out of this world. No one can eat just one. No one.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast – This has been one of my favorite meals this winter when I buy cross rib roast or chuck roast on sale. Get the slow cooker working in the morning and then enjoy good old fashioned comfort food for supper.

Salsa Verde Beef – This slow cooker recipe disappears every time I make it. There’s never any leftovers of this flavorful taco filling. It also freezes well, so you can make it ahead of time.

Fresh Basil and Garlic Chive Lasagne – This meaty casserole is redolent of fresh herbs. So easy, delicious, and yes, freezer-friendly. Kids will love it despite its fancy name. (And if you don’t have the fresh herbs, that’s okay, you can use dried.)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

URS Guidelines

Remember: Each week at Ultimate Recipe Swap, there is a posted theme. You are welcome to share any recipe that fits the theme and contains a link back to Life as MOM. If you’re curious about the upcoming themes, I have a calendar here. Last week was  Easter and/or Passover; this week is Beef. Next week we’ll be talking Spring Produce.

If you have a recipe that fits the theme, please link it. However, things like Beef Strogonaff will be deleted from Chicken week because it doesn’t contain chicken. Please keep this meme as helpful to others as we can.

And don’t make me the bad guy! ;)

What’s your favorite beef recipe?

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  1. We make our tacos Paso Mom style so my family can attest to not being able to eat just one.
    I linked up my ground beef stroganoff this week.
    Thanks for hosting!

  2. “Lawnmower Taco.” What a fun name! Love it! Thank you for sharing your recipes and for hosting.

    Tonight I posted a super-easy recipe for beef and potato pie.

  3. Your recipes look fantastic. I submitted my grilled cheeseburger wrap which is always a hit in my house.

  4. Thank you for hosting. I shared tacos in sleeping bags, which I found on one of the blogs I subscribe to. Just about the same thing as taco ring but you roll them up.

  5. Hattie says

    Ug, here I go again with a long comment, but I couldn’t make up my mind between these recipes, and I don’t have a blog.:) Hope that someone enjoys them–we love them at our house!

    Charley’s Slow Cooker Mexican Steak
    (great for tacos, nachos, or enchiladas)

    1 4# chuck roast
    1 t salt
    1 t black pepper
    2 T olive oil
    1 sm onion, chopped
    2 4 oz cans diced green chilies
    1 t chili powder
    1 t ground cayenne pepper
    1 5 oz bottle hot pepper sauce
    1 t garlic powder

    Trim the roast of any excess fat, and season with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place meat in hot skillet, and sear quickly on all sides.

    Transfer the roast to a slow cooker, and sprinkle onion over meat. Season with chilies, chili powder, cayenne pepper, hot pepper sauce, and garlic powder. Add enough water to cover 1/3 of the roast.

    Cover, and cook on High for 6 hours, checking to make sure there is always at least a small amount of liquid in the bottom. Reduce heat to Low, and continue cooking for 2 hours, or until meat is totally tender and falls apart.

    (My roast was tender and flaky after just the six hours on High, but I used a slightly smaller roast and added enough water to cover ½ to 2/3 of the roast at the beginning. I also use half of the chilies that the recipe calls for. Please note that this recipe is rather spicy, so if you have small children you may want to make another more mild filling for them.)

    Italian Beef
    (for sandwiches)

    1 4-5 lb rump roast
    1 t basil
    1 t oregano
    1 t garlic powder
    1 t garlic salt
    1 t crushed red pepper
    1 t parsley
    2 bay leaves
    1/3 C water

    Put all ingredients in a crock pot with 2-3 cups of water and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Use heaping teaspoons of all spices. After cooking, pour all liquid through a fat separater and then return to the crock pot. (You can just omit this step if you want, especially if you’re using a lean roast–I don’t have a fat separator–I just flake the meat in the crockpot and use a slotted spoon to scoop it up, and I’ve never had any complaints.:)) Flake meat with a fork. Serve on rolls with provolone cheese. (My hubby also likes to spread horseradish sauce on his.)

  6. Had to stop back this morning and check out all the new stuff. Thanks for having a Beef roundup. With the price of everything skyrocketing, ground beef is something we can count on. Between that and inexpensive chicken drums I can make a ton of things for my family.

  7. Thank you so much for hosting and sharing! Lots of fun ideas here! I share a couple of posts that are probably unusual. 🙂 How to render your own animal fat (to use for cooking or for health reasons) tallow (from beef) is also great for soap and candle making. 🙂 I also included my home cured corned beef. It’s a little late for St. Patrick’s Day but we enjoy this dish year round…

  8. I have been looking for some great beef recipes, and I think I found them! The lawnmower tacos look incredible easy and I love that you can freeze them in portions!

    Thanks for these great ideas!

  9. Another great idea is meaty pasta sauce. I cook it in the slow cooker and then freeze it in portions. So simple!

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