Eight-Ingredient (or Less) Beef Recipes

We hear you! You're looking for easy beef recipes with few ingredients—and so much the better if they're speedy, too. Here, you'll find a cache of quick ground beef recipes and simple steak recipes, along with a beef noodle recipe or two. All have eight ingredients or less, and most can be on your table (or in your slow cooker or oven) in minutes.

Beef Sirloin Tips with Smoky Pepper Sauce

On a budget? Look for steak recipes that call for sirloin tip steak. This cut brings plenty of rich, beefy flavor, yet costs less than many other steaks. Give it a go in this barbecue sauced, six-ingredient recipe that can be on your table in 30 minutes.

Tamale Pies

When you’re on the hunt for easy recipes with few ingredients for dinner, it helps to land on one that has some olives in the mix. The simple staple packs loads of flavor in just one ingredient, as you’ll notice if you try this cornbread-topped ground beef pie.

Balsamic-Glazed Flank Steak with Fall Fruit Salsa

A splash of balsamic on the steak and in the pear, apple, and cranberry salsa really ties this fall-flavored meal together. While this recipe looks showy, it takes just 20 minutes start to finish!

Tenderloin with Grilled Corn Relish

When you’re ready to pull out all the stops, search for steak recipes that call for beef tenderloin. Or, just try this one. With rich, tender beef topped with a lightly creamy relish of grilled corn and bacon, how can you go wrong? 

Upside-Down Pizza Casserole

It’s so easy to skip the usual takeout options when you have a few quick ground beef recipes up your sleeve. This one definitely needs to be in your rotation. With just four ingredients—all of which are easy to keep on hand in the freezer, fridge, and cupboard—the satisfying, pizza-flavored casserole can be ready in 35 minutes, start to finish. 

Herb-Garlic Roast Beef

This savory beef roast is ready in less than 20 minutes; fresh carrots and red potatoes complete the meal.

Pan-Seared Tenderloin Steak with Sauce

Learn how to make an easy pan sauce, and you’ll have mastered one of the all-time-greatest steak recipes ever. The shallot and red wine sauce tastes like something you’d pay top dollar for at an upscale bistro. Yet for a fraction of the price, you can make this meal at home in just 20 minutes. 

Herbed Steaks with Horseradish

Talk about steak recipes that can beat the clock! This one can be done in 20 minutes, start to finish. Mustard, horseradish, parsley, and thyme add unbeatable flavor to these juicy top loin steaks. Broil some sweet peppers and tomatoes for a quick and colorful side dish. 

Beef and Noodle Casserole

Here's a beef noodle recipe that doesn't require making gravy. Instead cream cheese with chives and onion, mixed with a little milk, melts into a luscious binding for the creamy casserole. If you wish, top the unbaked casserole with some panko bread crumbs before you pop it into the oven.

Steak au Poivre

It’s hard to believe that one of France’s most famous steak recipes, Steak au Poivre, is so easy to make at home. You simply press black pepper into the steaks before cooking. After cooking, you make a simple (but rich and intense) pan sauce flavored with mustard and brandy. C’est tout…et c’est magnifique!

Chipotle Steak with Tomatoes

Some of our favorite steak recipes star meat with tomatoes—we love the way the bright, acidic appeal of the produce contrasts the rich, deeply flavored beef. Here, buttery avocado and a vinaigrette sparked with smoky-hot chipotle pepper get in on the action, making this an irresistible take on steak.

Quick Skillet Lasagna

Lasagna doesn’t come to the top of mind when you think of 30 minute meals with ground beef, but with a little tweaking, it can! Here, all the things you love about lasagna—the melted cheese, the meaty red sauce, and the curly noodles—get readied in a skillet for a super-quick version of the family favorite.

Beef and Cabbage Wraps

If you're looking for quick ground beef recipes for easy weekend lunches, check out this six-ingredient winner. You simply cook ground beef, onions, corn, and your favorite barbecue sauce. Then, serve with shredded carrots and cabbage inside warm tortillas. A black bean salad from the deli would make a speedy side. 

Flank Steak with Antipasto Topper

When it comes to steak recipes, sometimes you feel like grilling, sometimes you don’t. This colorful recipe offers instructions for both grilling and skillet cooking. Either way, it’s a fresh and simple way to enjoy steak on a busy weeknight. 

Spicy Beef and Noodle Salad

Many steak recipes that serve four call for 1-1/2 to 2 pounds of meat. Requiring just 1 pound for four servings, this Asian beef noodle recipe is a little easier on the budget. It’s so easy to make, too! You simply toss flank steak, rice noodles, julienned carrots, and diced cucumber with a sweet Asian chili sauce. 

Mustard-Crusted Steaks with Herb Butter

When cooking indoors, some steak recipes call for broiling, others for pan-frying. For this expert recipe, you do both. Pan-frying is the secret to the steak’s rich, brown exterior, while finishing the steak under the broiler helps sear the mustard crust on the top. 

Spicy Beef-Noodle Bowl

We’re convinced that some of the world’s best steak recipes come in a bowl! With sirloin steak strips, broccoli, and green onions in an Asian peanut sauce, this beef and noodle recipe is a tasty case in point. If you wish, sprinkle with a few chopped peanuts for extra nuttiness and crunch. 

Pan-Fried Garlic Steak and Potatoes

A great advantage of having steak for dinner is that most steak recipes are quick to make. Here’s a case in point. Roast garlic in the microwave. Then, cook the steaks and finish the side dish—grape tomatoes and tiny baby potatoes—in the same pan. One skillet. 30 minutes. Done.

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Hamburger Pie

Love heirloom recipes? This popular version of shepherd’s pie first appeared in the 1950s, and it endures as one of our most popular recipes with ground beef and potatoes ever. Serve the warming casserole to your family tonight, and see why its appeal lives on!

Peppered Steaks with Roasted Beets

Sometimes it's nice not to have to dream up side dishes to serve alongside steak recipes. Here, we've done the thinking for you—a mix of golden and red beets are the perfect veggies to go with these peppery steaks. The dish is topped with an herbed cream cheese and a sweet-tart mustard-brown sugar sauce.

Beef in Red Wine Gravy

Put five ingredients (plus salt and pepper) into the slow cooker. Then, just walk away. The meat will stew to tender perfection, and the wine-sauced gravy will need no further ado. Serve with hot cooked noodles for quite possibly the easiest beef noodle recipe in the world.

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