From nachos to curry, shredded beef is a great addition to pretty much any dish! It is juicy, flavorful, and melts in the mouth. What more could you ask for?
If you are looking for some inspiration on how to best cook shredded beef, check out our 15 favorite recipes below. Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight staple or a dish to wow dinner guests, we’ve got you covered!
Quick Table: 15 Amazing Shredded Beef Recipes
|Recipes||Calories Per Serving||Preparation Time|
|Mexican Shredded Beef (And Tacos)||323||3 Hours 20 Minutes|
|Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Recipe||413||6 Hours 5 Minutes|
|Pulled Beef Brisket||320||3 Hours 38 Minutes|
|Shredded Beef Enchiladas||577||2 Hours 15 Minutes|
|Texan Pulled Beef & Chilli Cornbread Muffins||590||4 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Ragu||276||6 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Shredded Beef, Chorizo, And Olive Stew||658||3 Hours 20 Minutes|
|Shredded Beef Chilli Taco Bowls||741||6 Hours 15 Minutes|
|Shredded Beef Stroganoff||593||4 Hours 10 Minutes|
|Venezuelan Shredded Beef||360||3 Hours|
|Chile-Spiced Shredded Beef With Cheesy Polenta||391||8 Hours 45 Minutes|
|Pulled Beef Burgers With Chilli Mayonnaise||988||1 Hour 45 Minutes|
|Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Curry||425||8 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Shredded Beef Nachos||490||35 Minutes|
|Pulled Beef Steamed Buns With Kimchi||690||2 Hours 55 Minutes|
We had to put a Mexican shredded beef recipe right at the top of this list, and this one in particular really is amazing.
The beef has a melt-in-the-mouth texture, and when this is combined with the punchy flavors of the marinade, you really do have a winner.
Thankfully, this dish is also super easy to make. You simply combine the ingredients in a slow cooker or pressure cooker and leave it until the beef is tender enough to shred. We love this shredded beef in tacos!
Calories Per Serving: 323
Preparation Time: 3 Hours 20 Minutes
This has to be one of the most versatile recipes out there. As a bonus, it is also super low maintenance! All you have to do is put the ingredients in a slow cooker, and leave it to do its thing for 4 to 6 hours.
The list of ingredients is also very short. However, this means that they are all the more important.
The Worcestershire sauce and Stone House Seasoning are both 100% necessary. If you need them, you can purchase them here and here.
Calories Per Serving: 413
Preparation Time: 6 Hours 5 Minutes
If you’re a fan of brisket, you have to give this recipe a go! In this recipe, the brisket joint is cooked very slowly on low heat with honey, tomatoes, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, beef stock, and paprika. Sounds delicious, right?
We enjoyed this dish so much that we simply ate it by scooping up the shredded beef using a crusty bread roll. However, if you want to make more of a meal out of it, you can serve the beef with veggies and creamy mashed potatoes.
Calories Per Serving: 320
Preparation Time: 3 Hours 38 Minutes
These beef enchiladas are just to die for. Seriously, the enchilada sauce is so easy to make and delicious, you’ll never be able to justify buying canned enchilada sauce again!
This crowd-pleasing dish is a great one to make for a party or relaxed dinner party.
It is worth noting that this recipe is a little time-consuming. First, you need to cook the beef in the slow cooker. Following this, you need to assemble the enchiladas and bake them for a further 30 minutes.
But we can assure you, it is definitely worth it!
Calories Per Serving: 577
Preparation Time: 2 Hours 15 Minutes
This recipe is one of our all-time favorites. The combination of pulled beef and chili cornbread muffins is just divine. Although it takes a little more time and effort than some others on this list, it is definitely worth it.
If you’re feeling a little lazy, or you’re just too busy, you can just buy some cornbread from the grocery store – it’ll still be great! However, if you can manage it, we recommend making the bread from scratch.
Calories Per Serving: 590
Preparation Time: 4 Hours 30 Minutes
An Italian-style ragu might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of shredded beef.
However, this recipe is sure to change that! This dish is hearty, rich, and super indulgent. What more could you want?
Although the ragu is just divine with pasta, it can also be used in other dishes.
For example, we love combining this shredded beef ragu with some fresh, homemade gnocchi. Regardless of what you pair it with, make sure to be generous with the parmesan cheese!
Calories Per Serving: 276
Preparation Time: 6 Hours 30 Minutes
The combination of beef and olives is just perfect for those cold, winter days wherein you need some comfort. As a bonus, you only use one pot to make this dish, so there’s very little cleaning! What could be better than that?
Although it takes around 3 hours to cook this dish, the most work is the prep, which should take 25 minutes or so.
In fact, once all of the ingredients are added to the saucepan, you just leave it to do its thing for a few hours!
Calories Per Serving: 658
Preparation Time: 3 Hours 20 Minutes
These taco bowls are so perfect for family get-togethers. They are completely customizable and sure to please any type of crowd.
As a bonus for the host, you don’t even really need to use proper plates, just napkins!
The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is to personalize. If you’re making it for a party of some kind, we recommend making your own salsa and guacamole too.
They go so well with the beef and really bring the dish to life!
Calories Per Serving: 741
Preparation Time: 6 Hours 15 Minutes
This shredded beef stroganoff is essentially the love child of a classic stroganoff and a blade roast. If you’re looking for an indulgent, decadent recipe for a cozy evening in, you simply have to give this one a try!
It also isn’t very tricky to make at all and there aren’t too many ingredients to worry about. However, we recommended buying a high-quality bone broth and dry white wine to make sure this dish is the best it can be.
Calories Per Serving: 593
Preparation Time: 4 Hours 10 Minutes
This tender, juicy, flavorful shredded beef is an all-around winner.
In addition to being delicious, it is also ideal for meal prep. Simply make a large batch, keep it in an air-tight container, and enjoy it for 3 to 5 days after cooking!
This dish is so delicious that it can be enjoyed by itself. We recommend serving it with rice and black beans, however, it also makes for really great sandwiches! Just make sure to buy a good quality, crispy roll.
Calories Per Serving: 360
Preparation Time: 3 Hours
Now, if you’re looking for a dish that is easy and quick to make, this one isn’t for you.
With a total cooking time of 8 hours and 45 minutes, this recipe will take a big chunk out of your day. However, it is one of the most delicious dishes we’ve ever had.
The cheesy polenta is what really makes this dish sing. The combination of creaminess with the tender and tangy shredded beef is to die for.
It is also gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, egg-free, and low calorie, and as such, is a perfect meal for people with such intolerances!
Calories Per Serving: 391
Preparation Time: 8 Hours 45 Minutes
If you’re getting a bit tired of your weeknight meal rotation, these pulled beef burgers with chili mayonnaise are sure to spice things up a little. They are guaranteed to be a hit with every family member!
You can also make this dish as easy or hard to make as you’d like.
If you are very busy, opt for frozen wedges and bottled chili mayonnaise. However, if you have a bit of extra time, you can make these from scratch!
Calories Per Serving: 988
Preparation Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
This list wouldn’t be complete without a shredded beef curry recipe.
This super hearty, warming dish is so perfect on a cold day. You can also make it as mild or as spicy as you like, so it should satisfy every member of the family!
The cook time of 9 hours might seem a little intimidating, but this is actually quite a low-maintenance recipe. Once the ingredients are prepped and combined in the slow cooker, you can just leave it to do its thing.
Calories Per Serving: 425
Preparation Time: 8 Hours 30 Minutes
Nachos are the ultimate crowd-pleaser. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that they are perfect for any event. These shredded beef nachos are no exception!
The combination of tender, juicy beef with fresh and crisp veggies is just divine.
If you have a bit of extra time, we recommend making your own salsa and guacamole to accompany this dish. However, if you’re very busy, store-bought versions will work just as well!
Calories Per Serving: 490
Preparation Time: 35 Minutes
If you’re a fan of east Asain flavors, you have to give these steamed buns a try! They make for a perfect snack or side dish and will make you completely obsessed with kimchi (if you aren’t already, that is).
The most difficult thing about this recipe is the process of making your own dough. Although it is a rewarding experience, if you don’t have the time for this, you can purchase some ready-made buns here.
Calories Per Serving: 690
Preparation Time: 2 Hours 55 Minutes
Shredded beef is a super delicious and really versatile dish. We hope that you love the recipes above just as much as we do!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Cut Of Beef Is Best For Shredding?
The best cuts of beef for shredding are
- Chuck roast
- Rump roast
How Do You Keep Shredded Beef From Drying Out?
Whilst it’s cooking, make sure to baste the meat every 30 minutes to ensure that it stays moist and tender.
If you are planning to keep some leftovers for another day, the best way to ensure that the beef doesn’t dry out is by freezing it. Divide the beef into safe containers and pour some of the cooking liquids on top. Then, place these in the freezer.
However, if these methods fail and you find that the beef has dried out, you can fix it! To reheat, place the beef in the slow cooker or pot with 3 cups of water or stock. Simmer for a few hours, or until the beef is tender again.
What Is Shredded Mexican Beef Called?
Mexican shredded beef is called Barbacoa. Generally, this type of dish is saturated with ranchero chile sauce and has a mildly spicy, rich flavor.
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