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18 Delectable Beef Cube Recipes That Will Wow Any Crowd

When it comes to protein, you can never go wrong with beef. If cooked correctly, beef is juicy, tender, and a great source of iron, and beef cube recipes bring out the best version of it.

And while many of us simply think of the classic steak when we talk about this kind of meat, there are actually many other fun and flavorful ways to prepare it- one of our favorites being the “beef cube” approach. 

Beef cubes are exactly what they sound like: small chunks of tender and savory beef that are the perfect size for a variety of dishes including stews, soups and all things saucy. They’re thick and hearty and great for family meals. 

If you’ve been wanting to try beef cubes but aren’t sure where to start, check out these 18 delicious and flavorful beef cube recipes. 

Quick Table: Delectable Beef Cube Recipes

RecipesCalories Per ServingPreparation Time 
Steak Bites With Garlic Butter2725 Minutes 
Beef MechadoNot Available10 Minutes
Beef Masala CurryNot Available10 Minutes
Instant Pot Mongolian Beef2293 Minutes
Orange Beef 29520 Minutes
Homemade Beef Stew38315 Minutes
Stroganoff Pasta Bake 42325 Minutes
Crock Pot Cube Steak And Gravy44310 Minutes
Slow Cooker Beef Chili ColoradoNot Available15 Minutes
Slow Cooker Coconut Beef22015 Minutes
Beef Bourguignon40210 Minutes
Slow Cooker Beef And Broccoli37010 Minutes
Instant Pot Beef And Noodles68415 Minutes
Teriyaki Beef Cube Steak Skewers 37410 Minutes
Instant Pot Korean Beef 390 15 Minutes
German Goulash 65530 Minutes
Chili Lime Steak BitesNot Available10 Minutes
Vegetable Beef Soup Not AvailableNot Available

1. Steak Bites With Garlic Butter

We mentioned we’d be showing you alternative beef options to the classic beef steak but we never said anything about steak bites! 

This recipe uses sirloin steak as it’s not only tasty, it’s also more affordable than some of the other kinds of beef. And with this garlic butter sauce, your sirloin bites will be oozing with flavor. 

This particular dish is great paired with mashed potatoes for a hearty family meal, but because of the small practical size of the bites, would also be great as an appetizer at a dinner party.

Oh, and we definitely can’t complain about the 5 minute prep time. 

Calories Per Serving: 272

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes 

2. Easy Beef Mechado

Beef mechado is a braised beef dish inspired by Spanish cuisine but with roots in the Philippines.

The two key ingredients that make it unique from other beef recipes are soy sauce and calamansi (a citrus fruit from the Philippines that resembles limes).

Other central components include onions, carrots, potatoes, peppers, bay leaves and if you like, raisins.

There’s no question that this dish would really wow your guests but it’s important to keep in mind that if you opt for this recipe you need to plan ahead as it requires you to marinate the beef for up to 2 hours to ensure the chunks are extra tender. 

Calories Per Serving: Not Available

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

3. Beef Masala Curry

If you love Indian food as much as we do, then you’re not going to want to skip this recipe. In contrast to some of the other recipes, this dish uses an instant pot.

If you’ve ever used one before, you’ll be familiar with just how simple this device makes cooking. This means less kitchen time and more you-time. 

Curry is the prominent flavor in this dish and provides the beef bites with a beautiful spicy, sweet and savory touch.

The curry, however, is also accompanied by numerous other important spices including turmeric, garam masala, cayenne pepper, cumin, coriander and paprika.

With additional ingredients such as brown sugar, onion, garlic and lemon zest, this Indian stew has no shortage of flavor. 

Serve it with rice and cilantro for the full dinner experience. 

Calories Per Serving: Not Available

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes 

4. Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

Living in a fast-paced society, there are never enough quick and easy recipes. Like the previous dish, this Mongolian beef entree is also cooked in an instant pot and even offers an alternative method for those of us who are really pressed for time. 

In terms of flavor, this dish is more on the sweet and savory side. This is a result of ingredients such as garlic, soy sauce, ginger and brown sugar. 

For the best results serve these beef cubes (or rectangles- but whose checking) with jasmine or brown rice and steamed veggies. 

Calories Per Serving: 229

Preparation Time: 3 Minutes 

5. Orange Beef

Orange beef is a popular dish in Chinese cuisine and is also a fan favorite in North America. In fact, you’ve likely tried it at your local Chinese restaurant.

Now, imagine being able to make this delicious dish straight from the comfort of your own home. 

This recipe uses deep-fried golden brown sirloin beef cubes covered in an irresistible sticky, sweet, savory, tangy orange sauce. If that’s not enough to get your mouth watering, we don’t know what will. 

Oh and did we mention the total prep and cook time is only 20 minutes?

Calories Per Serving: 295

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

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6. Homemade Beef Stew

Some nights you’re in the mood for Chinese orange beef and other nights all you want is a good old classic homemade beef stew. 

Beef stew is the ultimate comfort food and contains a hearty palette of ingredients, including 2 pounds of beef chuck roast, onions, carrots and potatoes.

To complement the savory flavor of the beef other ingredients such as garlic, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves and fresh thyme are also used. 

This recipe uses a dutch oven and requires a cooking time of over 2 hours. This might seem daunting but we assure you, you won’t regret it.

Calories Per Serving: 383

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

7. Stroganoff Pasta Bake

Stroganoff is a dish of Russian descent and is typically cooked with either beef or chicken along with onions, mushrooms, beef stock, mustard and sour cream. Now, if you love pasta as much as us you’ll know why we couldn’t just stop there. 

This recipe extends onto the classic stroganoff dish by adding rigatoni pasta and parmesan cheese. It’s easy, quick (prep time is only 25 minutes!) flavorful and a great option for anyone wanting to use up any leftover roast beef. 

Next time it’s pasta night, cook up this dish and watch your family return for seconds. 

Calories Per Serving: 423

Preparation Time: 25 Minutes

8. Crock Pot Cube Steak And Gravy

Is there anything better than a delicious, slow-cooked crock pot beef recipe? The answer is yes. One that comes with gravy!

The meat in this dish is so tender you can literally cut through it with a fork (fewer dishes to clean after am I right?). This is due to the 9-hour cooking process. But don’t worry, the crock pot is doing all the work here.

Aside from the steak, this recipe only requires a few other ingredients to make up the thick and flavorful gravy: onion soup mix, cream of mushroom soup, beef broth, water, cornstarch and egg noodles as the side dish. 

Easy, tasty and comforting- what more could you want?

Calories Per Serving: 443

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

9. Slow Cooker Beef Chili Colorado

If you’re planning a large get-together and require a delicious and hearty meal, this is the recipe for you.

This slow cooker beef chili colorado makes enough for 10-12 people so even if you’re just cooking for the fam, you can definitely count on leftovers.

So what is beef chili colorado exactly? Essentially, it’s a Mexican beef stew with a red chili sauce.

It’s bold and flavorful and uses three different chilies to increase the intensity: ancho, guajillo, and New Mexico. Other ingredients include garlic, onion, oregano and cumin. 

While prep time only takes 15 minutes, to achieve such a tender and delicious result these beef cubes require approximately 4 hours in the slow cooker. 

Calories Per Serving: Not Available

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

10. Slow Cooker Coconut Beef

It’s safe to say that if coconut is involved, you can’t be disappointed. No matter what, coconut always brings that sweet and tropical flavor to any dish

To prepare this coconutty delight, lean beef cubes are mixed with red curry paste, garlic, ginger and light coconut milk in the slow cooker and simmered until tender (about 6 hours). 

In terms of calories, this recipe is actually relatively low. To keep the meal healthy and low-carb, serve the beef cubes with either cauliflower or zucchini noodles. 

Calories Per Serving: 220

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

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11. Beef Bourguignon

Oh yes, the good old bourguignon- you must have seen this one coming.

For any of you who don’t know, this dish is a French stew that uses braised beef chunks soaked in red wine and cooked for an extensive period of time with herbs and mushrooms.

Although typically made in a slow cooker, this dish can also be prepared on the stovetop or in the oven (time is between 2-6 hours depending on the method).

This dish can even be made the day before and is actually tastier this way. If we were hosting a small dinner party and didn’t want too much stress on the day of, we’d definitely be preparing this recipe. 

Calories Per Serving: 402

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

12. Slow Cooker Beef And Broccoli

Beef and broccoli are a classic combo in the food world, and when prepared in a slow cooker, are even tastier. 

This recipe can be assembled super fast and is perfect for when you’re having a lazy day and don’t want to spend too much time preparing dinner for the fam

The spices in this dish are the real stars of the show and consist predominantly of beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and brown sugar.

Now, just imagine these sweet and savory scents going through your house for 6 and a half hours. Mmm-mmm.

Calories Per Serving: 370

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

13. Instant Pot Beef And Noodles

This recipe is similar to the beef stroganoff recipe but offers healthier and more nutritious options. Like the stroganoff, this dish also uses pasta but instead of using cream, uses greek yogurt and broth.

But don’t worry, we promise you it’s just as delicious. I mean, who doesn’t like sirloin steak cooked with egg noodles, peas and a rich gravy?

Other key ingredients to note are Worcestershire sauce, garlic, thyme, onion and parsley. Oh yes, and make sure you’ve got a pressure cooker on hand. 

This recipe takes 15 minutes to prep and serves 6 people: perfect for your next at-home dinner with friends

Calories Per Serving: 684

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

14. Teriyaki Beef Cube Steak Skewers

Whether it’s for the family or your next summer bbq with friends, skewers are always well-received. Its funny because the concept is so simple and yet there’s just something so satisfying about meat on a stick. 

These beef skewers are first marinated for one hour in an epic teriyaki sauce (this includes soy sauce, brown sugar, pineapple juice, oil, garlic, and onions) and then grilled to perfection on the barbecue.

They are juicy, tender and flavorful and will be sure to be a crowd pleaser. 

Calories Per Serving: 374

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

15. Instant Pot Korean Beef

Korean dishes never cease to impress us and this easy and tasty instant pot beef dish does just that. 

The secret ingredient to making this recipe truly immaculate is the use of Gochujang sauce. Gochujang is a sweet and spicy chili paste often used in Korean cuisine and makes any meal 10x more flavorful. 

This particular recipe takes approximately an hour to cook and can serve up to 8 people. Can someone say Korean dinner and karaoke night?

Calories Per Serving: 390

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

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16. Classic German Goulash

German goulash is a delicious stew filled with juicy beef chunks, onions, paprika, caraway seed and beef stock.

It’s super rich and comforting and perfect for those cooler evenings when you want something hearty that will warm you right up. 

With only 30-minutes of actual hands-on work and an array of flavors that are simply to die for, you can’t go wrong with this dish. Serve it with mashed potatoes, or for the full German experience, with spaetzle. 

Calories Per Serving: 655

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

17. Chili Lime Steak Bites

If you lack confidence in the kitchen, then we definitely recommend these chili lime steak bites. They’re super wholesome and not at all difficult to master. 

To achieve this dish, all you need to do is throw in chunks of sirloin steak into a zesty chili paste and honey sauce, cook them up in a pan for about 2 minutes and then add in some lime flavoring! 

It’s ultra simple and with the sweet, spicy and zesty italian seasonings, has a little bit of something for everyone. And, as it only makes two servings, it is the perfect meal for your next date night

Calories Per Serving: Not Available

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

18. Vegetable Beef Soup

We weren’t kidding when we said at the beginning of this article that beef cubes were literally made for soups. 

This particular recipe features classic ingredients, including carrots, celery, onion, green beans, potatoes (it’s safe to say that after eating this dish, you won’t have to worry about not having met your veggie quota) and an array of tasty seasonings that create the perfect broth.

If you’re big on meal prep this soup is definitely ideal as it takes about 2 and a half hours to cook and makes 10 servings.

Calories Per Serving: Not Available

Preparation Time: Not Available

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind Of Beef Should You Buy? 

The most common type of beef used in beef cube recipes is sirloin as it is tender, flavorful and affordable. However, many other types such as tenderloin, rib eye and New York strip steak will also do the trick. 

How To Make Beef Cubes Tender?

There’s nothing worse than biting into a chunk of beef and struggling to chew because of how tough it is. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to avoid this.

The first option is to tenderize the beef using a meat mallet. The second option is to allow the meat to soak in a marinade for several hours.

Lastly, as we’ve seen in this article, the best way to achieve juicy, tender beef is by slow cooking the meat on low-heat for an extensive period of time, either in a crock or instant pot. 

What Are The Best Side Dishes To Serve With Beef Cubes?

Beef cubes are highly adaptable and pair well with a variety of side dishes including mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, rice, pasta, salad and our personal favorite, french fries (french fries just always seem to hit the spot). 

18 Delectable Beef Cube Recipes That Will Wow Any Crowd 

Whether you’re cooking for friends or family, these simple and delicious beef cube recipes will wow everyone’s taste buds.


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