3 Cheap and Easy Beef Meal Ideas

All Things Mandy
by All Things Mandy

Are you looking for new cheap beef meals? You’re in luck! I have three amazing beef dishes that you need to make. They are easy and affordable and so delicious.

Country-style steak

1. Country-style steak recipe


Ingredients:

  • Cube steak
  • 1 packet of French onion soup mix
  • 1 can beef consomme/broth
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Directions:

Lay cube steak on the bottom of your slow cooker.

Making country-style steak

Season with salt and pepper. Layer more cube steaks and season with salt and pepper.


Sprinkle a packet of French onion soup mix.

Making country-style steak
Add in a can of beef broth.

Making country-style steak
Country-style steak

Add in a can of cream of mushroom soup. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.

Plating it up! I served this with green beans, mashed potatoes, and a roll.


2. Barbacoa recipe

Making barbacoa

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lb. chuck roast
  • 3 oranges
  • 2 limes
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp. black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tbs. cumin
  • Thyme leaves (a few shakes)
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 cup water or beef stock
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 tomato
  • Guajillo chili package


Directions:

Making barbacoa
Mix the marinade: juice two oranges, two limes, ½ of an onion, and garlic.

Add in seasoning and vinegar.

Making barbacoa
Making barbacoa
Marinate chuck roast overnight in the fridge.


Making barbacoa
Add meat and marinade to the slow cooker in the morning.


Making barbacoa

Squeeze in the juice of one orange into the slow cooker. Add white vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.


Add cumin, oregano, and thyme.

Making barbacoa

Add water or beef stock. Make sure the pieces of meat are soaked in the marinade and added to the mixture.


Add bay leaves on top.


Cook on high for four hours.


Open after four hours, take the beef out of the slow cooker, and shred it. Put it aside.


Make the sauce:

Making barbacoa
Making barbacoa
Making barbacoa

To a pan, add:

  • Diced tomato
  • 10 guajillo chilis without the seeds (dump seeds from the guajillos).
  • 1 cup water.


Season with salt and pepper


Bring a pan of water and ingredients to a boil for seven minutes.

Making barbacoa
Add the boiled mixture to a blender and blend thoroughly to make the sauce.


Making barbacoa
Making barbacoa
Add the shredded beef back into the slow cooker, and add the blended sauce over the beef. Stir.

Making barbacoa
Let the mixture cook again for two more hours on high in the slow cooker. It will be liquidy.


Barbacoa

Plating it up!I added the mixture on top of a taco or fajita and added some salsa Verdi, fresh cilantro, and finely diced onions to the top.


3. Mississippi pot roast recipe


Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lb. chuck roast
  • Ranch seasoning packet
  • Au jus gravy mix packet
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 8-10 whole pepperoncini peppers
  • 1 jar pepperoncini


Directions:

Making Mississippi pot roast
Put the chuck roast into the slow cooker.

Making Mississippi pot roast
Add in the ranch seasoning.

Making Mississippi pot roast
Add in the packet of au jus gravy mix.

Making Mississippi pot roast
Put the whole stick of butter on top of the roast.

Making Mississippi pot roast
Add 8 to 10 pepperoncini to the slow cooker around the base of the roast.

Making Mississippi pot roast
Add juice from the jar of pepperoncini to the slow cooker to add extra flavor.

Making Mississippi pot roast
Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Mississippi pot roast
Shred it after it’s cooked.


Mississippi pot roast

The meat will pull apart easily for shredding. I served it on top of mashed potatoes but you can serve it over rice or on a tortilla. You don’t have to eat the pepperoncini!


Cheap beef meals

I hope you have a chance to make even one of these cheap and easy beef recipes that are so flavorful!


Let me know in the comments which one you made or if you made all of them. Share your favorite beef recipes with us, too!


Next, check out my Quick and Tasty Vegetarian Freezer Meal Ideas.

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  • Lisa Lisa on Feb 04, 2024
    none of these are cheap anymore $8.lb for chuck roast and almost that for cubed steak. It's insane!
  • Smilingblond Smilingblond on Feb 04, 2024
    They all sound so full of flavor! And easy!! Can't wait to try!
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