7 of our favorite beef recipes

When your parents own cattle, it’s inevitable that you eat beef. Actually, a lot of beef. We recently got our 1/4 of a responsibly raised, grass fed, organic, 600 +lb cow and our freezers are stocked full.

Since we’re eating beef at least once a week, I’ve got many, Smith family approved, go to beef recipes. Here’s our favorite 7, one for every night of the week.

Swedish Meatballs


We make our meatloaf in a muffin pan, so we get 12 cute little meatloaf muffins. The recipe I use for meatloaf is called, “mom’s meatloaf” and is on a handwritten card from my mother-in-law. You can find many meatloaf recipes online, or in one of those cookbooks you have in your kitchen. We also top our lil’ muffins with a meatloaf sauce, which includes: 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 tsp mustard, and 1 T brown sugar.  The sauce is a great oppourtunity for your kids to help out, Carolynn always mixes up our sauce.


Hamburger Stroganoff

Carne Asada Tacos in the Crockpot

This recipe calls for flank steak, but I always substitute cubed steak. Cubed steak is a tougher cut of meat, and can’t be subbed in all recipes, but after rubbing with this delish spice rub and cooking slow and low in the crockpot, it turns out great.

Hamburgers and Homemade Fries

Obviously, this is a go to for most people. Homemade burgers from your grill are a staple of the summer and so, so good. Top with bacon, jalapenos, blue cheese, avocado, a fried egg, chili….well look at that, my mouth is watering.

Greek Pita Pockets

Greek food is one of my favorites, for sure. This recipe comes from a Robin Miller cookbook I got before Pinterest stole our hearts, legitimately, of course. (return to the old days, and buy a copy here. It’s less than $5)

I brown my ground beef adding either pre made greek seasoning, or a combo of dried oregano, basil and a pinch of all spice -a little all spice goes a long way! While the meat cooks, warm your pitas by setting them in a 200 deg oven. Mix up your yogurt sauce by combining 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 2 tsp chopped, fresh dill, and 1 tsp garlic powder. Serve the Greek ground beef inside warm pita with homemade yogurt sauce, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, sliced red onions, and feta. So much feta. Our pitas are always stuffed so full we can barely get a bite. But you’ll want to get that bite so bad, you will make it happen.

Sloppy Joes

This is another recipe from Robin Miller’s cookbook. Again, there are sloppy joes recipes enough to sink a ship. You can find one that suits you and yours.

I serve with homemade sweet potato fries, or thinly sliced red potato chips and a fruit salad or sliced apples.


We had a dear friend of ours babysit recently, and we actually “paid” her in meat. We are all such….grown ups. She’s a treasure, and wasn’t expecting any payment, but accepted that meat like a duck on a june bug. As a teenage babysitter I wouldn’t have been thrilled about receiving ground beef and some steaks in lieu of money I could spend at The GAP.


Thanks for reading! Send me an email, or comment if you fix any of these recipes and let me know how you like them!

What’s for dinner Wednesday!?

Some weeks I am inspired to choose more than enough meals for the week. I’ll be trying to decide which 7 meals I should plan for because 10 are “speaking to me” this week and they all look good/are in budget/have ingredients on sale. This week: blech. 😝 I can’t come up with any ideas. Nothing looks good. Chicken again?!

But it’s called LIFE, and that’s just how it goes sometimes. This week was a struggle to make my list, but these are all tried and true recipes we can always count on to be yummy.  Let me know if you make any of these, I’de love to know how it goes. Happy planning, list making, shopping and cooking!


Wednesday Hamburger Stroganoff


This is a go-to at our house for sure. I sub plain, Greek yogurt with a squirt of lemon juice for the sour cream.

Thursday Ritz Cheddar Chicken


I omit the sauce on this-it really doesn’t need it, and my kids just want ketchup anyway.

Friday Salmon



I make salmon a couple different ways, but will probably just broil this with a little orange juice, soy sauce and brown sugar mixture on top.

Saturday Verde Chicken Enchiladas

Avocado, beans, salsa, and chips

Sunday BBQ ribs in the crockpot

Potatoes-sweet potato fries, baked potatoes, roasted reds (whichever’s on sale)


Monday Chicken, bacon asparagus pasta

I make this with whatever pasta I have, usually penne. I also will sometimes sub frozen peas, green beans, brussel sprouts (cut up) for the asparagus.

I have also revisited this recipe just to make that alfredo sauce for other pastas.

Tuesday Breakfast for dinner: eggs, bacon, homemade biscuits