20 Go-To Beef Roast Recipes

20 Go-To Beef Roast Recipes

It is the time of year when grills get used less and less and slow roasting beef roasts happens more and more. So, since I have started searching for the beef roast recipes my family loves as well as a few new ones, I thought I would share 20 go-to beef roast recipes I plan on making sometime soon as well as a few pointers.

  1. Go buy a Crock Pot. Slow Cooker.
  2. When you are making a recipe that calls for a specific kind of roast, most of the time it can be interchangeable. For example, if the recipe calls for a chuck roast but you have a rump roast, as long as the pounds are similar go for it.
  3. Do Not trim all the fat off the beef roast before cooking it. Fat is a flavor conductor. You can peel the fat off after it cooks and also drain any fat off for gravy if you need it. Trust me, keep the fat on!
  4. Go for bone-in roasts. I think bones also add more flavor. After a beef roast has slow cooked all day, the bone falls right off the meat. So go ahead and buy that bone-in roast. No need to pay extra for having it removed. So, now onto the recipes!

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef

slow cooked chipotle shredded beef

 Reuben Sliders

Reuben Sliders

Italian Beef Sandwiches

crock pot italian beef

 Best Ever Slow Cooker Beef Roast


Italian Beef in a Bucket

Crock Pot Beef and Noodles

beef and noodles in the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast

 Another Version Of Italian Beef Sandwiches

Italian Beef Sandwiches (with graphics, thecountrycook.net)

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza


Easy as 1-2-3 Crock Pot Beef Roast

Crock Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches 

Crock Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Easy Make Ahead Beef Roasts to Freeze

Make Ahead Beef Roasts to Freeze

Crock Pot Pepperoncini Beef

Pepperoncini Beef Sandwich

Dr. Pepper Slow Cooked Beef

Dr. Pepper Crock Pot Beef

Shredded Beef TacosShredded Beef Tacos (all rights reserved, thecountrycook.net)

Slow Cooked Italian Pot Roast with Parmesan Risotto

Italian Pot Roast and Parmesan Risotto

 Mexican Beef Roast

Red Wine Beef Roast with Mushrooms and Onions

Slow Cooked Beef and mushrooms in red wine

 Slow Cooker Roast Beef

slow cooker roast beef

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Hunk of Meat Monday: Bubble Pizza Casserole

Sometimes life if just last minute. Ok, more than sometimes in my case. Which is why this bubble pizza casserole that is quick to assemble and bakes in under 30 minutes will be a new staple around here.

Bubble Pizza Casserole is an easy weeknight meal that and everyone will clean their plate.
I use my Pampered Chef micro cooker when I need browned meat in a hurry. I start by putting my frozen pound of ground pork in the cooker for 3 minutes on high. Remove it and begin to break away the softened and cooked pieces. At this point I throw in any veggies I want with my pizza toppings.

Microwaving ground pork and veggies for pizzaI put the meat in for another 3-4 minutes till the pork is completely cooked.

cooked pork sausage and veggies for pizzaWhile the meat was cooking, I opened a can of large refrigerator biscuits, the kind with 8 biscuits in a can. I proceeded to cut the biscuits in quarters.

refrigerator biscuits cut in quartersThen separate the biscuits and place them in a large bowl. Add any additional toppings you want on your pizza that doesn’t need precooking.

Bubble Pizza ToppingsAdd the cooked sausage to the biscuits and other toppings, stirring to combine. Then pour a 26 ounce jar of spaghetti sauce over top the toppings and biscuits.

Spaghetti Sauce for bubble pizzaMix the sauce in together with the all the toppings and biscuits and pour out into a 13 x 9 pan.

Bubble Pizza Casserole spread into pan
Cover the casserole with shredded cheese. Mozzarella, Italian blend, a little colby-jack. Whatever you have two cups of in the fridge.

Cheese topped Bubble Pizza CasseroleBake on 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until biscuits bubble up and are cooked and cheese melted. It really should resemble the top of a pizza.

Bubble Pizza Casserole is an easy weeknight meal that and everyone will clean their plate.

Let it rest a minute or two before serving, and then be ready for it to be devoured!

Bubble Pizza Casserole

Bubble Pizza Casserole
This bubble pizza casserole is an easy weeknight meal that will fill your families up and not be as tedious as homemade pizza!
  • 1 lb ground pork or beef
  • ½ bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 can large refrigerator biscuits
  • 1, 26 ounce jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella, Italian blend or Colby-Jack cheese
  1. Brown ground meat seasoned with salt and pepper, adding bell peppers to the meat when it is about halfway done cooking.
  2. Remove the biscuits from the can and cut into quarters. Place in a large mixing bowl and add ham, onions or other toppings on top of biscuits.
  3. Drain cooked ground meat of any grease and pour into mixing bowl with other ingredients.
  4. Pour spaghetti sauce over top and mix to combine . Pour mixture into a 13 x 9 pan. Try to make sure your biscuits are somewhat evenly spread out over the entire pan.
  5. Top with cheese and bake on 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

What was cooking at your house this fine Hunk of Meat Monday??
Bubble Pizza Casserole is an easy weeknight meal that and everyone will clean their plate.

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Hunk of Meat Monday: Party Finger Food

Whether you are going out and about tomorrow night or staying home, we will all be making snacks, appetizers, sweet treats and cocktails. So, I thought I would help myself organize. Prioritize what I should make for the festivities of ringing in the new year. Inevitably where ever we go, they request we bring our not so small fry daddy. So, let’s start with all things fried…

Fried Appetizers

Crispy Fried Chicken Wings

Fried Pickles

Fried Green Beans


Restaurant Style Salsa

Pizza Dip

White Pizza Dip

Bruschetta Dip

Cream Cheese Mexican Dip

Reuben Dip

Ham Dip

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Meat & Bread Appetizers

Hawaiian Roll Ham Sandwiches

Buffalo Chicken French Breads

Jalapeno Bacon Poppers

Bacon Sugar Smokies

Cheesy Sausage Bagels

Pull Apart Bacon, Cheese, Ranch Bread {AKA Crack Bread}

Sweet Treats

Baked Fruit Brie

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Donut Bites

Chocolate Fruit Dip

Saltine Cracker Toffee

Whatever your plans, I hope your food is good, family is close and 2013 is blessed!

Hunk of Meat Monday: Pizza Casserole

We love pizza. It is that staple go to, ready in 20 minutes, meal. And when it is eaten out of my kitchen, it many times comes out of the freezer in shrink wrapped plastic. But, now I have an easy casserole that I can make that is as quick as spaghetti to make and then just requires a little baking time to melt all the cheese together.

Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza CasseroleThis might look a lot like the chicken bacon ranch pizza casserole I made a while back. Well, it is much like that casserole, just the red pizza sauce version. Start with your ground meat of choice. I used ground pork and added a diced onion to skillet as I browned the meat.

browning ground pork and onionsGet a pound of pasta boiling while the meat is cooking. I used bow tie pasta because I think it is great at catching sauce. Then, when the meat is completely cooked, drain any excess grease and return to the pan. Then add the red sauce.

pizza sauce, spaghetti suace and diced tomatoesYou basically need two jars of spaghetti sauce. I can’t seem to keep anything simple or in stock. So, I compromised with a jar of pizza sauce and a can of diced tomatoes as a substitute for another jar of spaghetti sauce. I poured the sauces and tomatoes into the cooked meat, and simmered while I added a dash of balsamic vinegar, tablespoon of brown sugar and some pasta sprinkle or oregano. When the pasta is done, it is time to get assembling. Start by putting 1/3 of the red meat sauce in the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan followed by 1/3 of the pasta.

layers of pizza casseroleThen if you are wanting to add 1-1.5 cups of shredded mozzarella or pizza blend cheese.

cheese pizza casserole

Then you can add any additional “toppings” you would put on your pizza. We added pepperoni. But if you like mushrooms or peppers or onions or ham, add it all. The more the merrier. Then repeat the layers two more times. My casserole ended with pepperoni on top.

Pepperoni pizza casseroleThen bake time! Bake on 375 for 30-40 minutes till the casserole is bubbling.

Pepperoni & Sausage Pizza CasseroleThen, let it rest for a minutes and enjoy!

Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza Casserole

Pizza Casserole
A simple pasta recipe that embraces all of the things you love about pizza.
  • 1 lb bow tie pasta
  • 1 lb ground pork or beef
  • 1 large onion, medium size diced
  • 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce or equivalent of pizza sauce and diced tomatoes
  • ½-1 lb of sliced pepperoni*
  • 4-5 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pasta sprinkle dried oregano
  • *Any additional toppings can be used that you normally put on your pizza. You will need about a cup of each topping.
  1. Cook pasta till el dente while you begin browning meat.
  2. Brown ground meat with chopped onion. When completely cooked, drain grease and return meat to the pan.
  3. Add sauce to the meat and simmer as you add the balsamic, brown sugar and pasta sprinkle.
  4. In a lightly greased 9x13 pan, pour a small amount of meat sauce to lightly coat bottom.
  5. Begin layering with ⅓ of the pasta, 1-1.5 cups of mozzarella cheese, 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese, pepperoni or any other toppings followed by ⅓ of the sauce.
  6. Repeat layers two more times. On the last layer, pour the sauce over the pasta instead of cheese and toppings.
  7. Cook on 375 for 30-40 minutes.

It was a big hit along side the chicken bacon ranch pizza casserole.

baked chicken bacon ranch pizza casseroleCan’t wait to see what everyone has prepared this week for Hunk of Meat Monday!

Hunk of Meat Monday: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole

This recipe is a doozie. If you love bacon chicken ranch pizza, you are going to love this casserole.

baked chicken bacon ranch pizza casseroleI started by getting a pound, yes, a pound of bacon fried and crumbled. I drained all the bacon grease, but reserved it for use later.

Bacon fryingWhile the bacon is frying get water boiling for a pound of bow tie pasta and cut 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts into bite sized pieces. I prefer thighs. The secret to flavorful chicken, seasoning. And for this I pull out the Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning.

Ranch seasoningCover the cut up chicken with the ranch seasoning.

ranch seasoned chickenThen, along with a tablespoon of bacon grease, put the chicken in a skillet and saute.

cut chicken cookingCut up one bell pepper and add to the chicken as it cooks along with two minced garlic cloves.

chicken cooking with peppers and garlicGet your pasta boiling till al dente. I like using bow tie pasta, but use anything that would have some nooks and crannies for the sauce to absorb into while baking.

bowtie pastaOnce the chicken is completely cooked, drain any excess oil and water. Put the chicken mixture back into the skillet and add one jar of the Alfredo sauce along with 1/3 cup of evaporated milk. Don’t have evaporated milk, use regular milk. Add another teaspoon of ranch seasoning as well.

evaporated milkLet the chicken and Alfredo sauce simmer for several minutes. Then begin layering the casserole. Begin with the remaining jar of Alfredo sauce and pour half of it on the bottom of one 13 X 9 pan or two 8 x 8 pans. Then start by layering 1/3 of the pasta.

start with alfredo baseThen layer a third of the chicken and alfredo sauce, 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, 1/4 of the crumbled bacon and one cup of Italian style shredded cheese.

chicken bacon ranch pizza casserole layersThe repeat layers with the 1/2 the remaining bowties, half the remaining chicken mixture, 1/2 cup of tomatoes, 1/3 the remaining bacon and 1 cup of cheese two more times. Finish by covering with the remaining Alfredo sauce you poured into the bottom of the pan, one more cup of cheese and the reaming bacon.

chicken pizza casserole assembledBake on 350 for 30 minutes.

baked chicken bacon ranch pizza casseroleThis is pure deliciousness. If you made two smaller casseroles, freeze one instead of baking for later. You will not regret it! Spoon up pure comfort with this chicken bacon ranch pizza casserole.

chicken bacon ranch pizza casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole

Serves: 8 servings

If you love white pizza like the bacon chicken ranch pizza, you will love this casserole that uses all the same flavors.
  • 1 lb. bacon, fried and crumbled, grease saved
  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons of ranch seasoning
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. bow tie pasta, cooked al dente
  • 2 jars of Alfredo sauce
  • ⅓ cup of evaporated milk or regular milk
  • 3 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 4 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces, coat with 1 - 1.5 tablespoons of ranch seasoning. Saute in a skillet with 1 tablespoon of bacon grease along with bell peppers and garlic.
  2. When chicken is cooked completely, drain grease and liquid from skillet. Return chicken and veggies to skillet.
  3. Pour one jar of Alfredo sauce and milk into skillet with chicken. Stir in one teaspoon of ranch seasoning. Simmer for five minutes.
  4. Begin layering casserole with half the remaining jar of Alfredo on the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan or two 8 x 8 pans. The layer ⅓ of each of the following pasta, chicken sauce, and tomatoes. Use ¼ of the fried bacon. Spread 1 cup of cheese over top and repeat two more times.
  5. After the cheese the third time, cover with Alfredo sauce, 1 cup of cheese and remaining bacon.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes on 350.

Enjoy this recipe! It will feed a crowd of hungry people. Link up your latest this week on Hunk of Meat Monday!

Hunk of Meat Monday: Cheese and Bacon Pizza

There is this pizza that I have dreams about. It is at Bazbeaux in Indianapolis, and they have Pizza Alla Quattro Formaggio. Since we live just far enough from Indy, I decided I could make my own at home version.

Homemade Cheese and Bacon PizzaSince bacon makes every thing better, start by frying up 6 pizza of bacon.

Indiana BaconI cut up the bacon before frying it. I think it is easier to fry it up in little pieces than long pieces.

cut up bacon frying

While the bacon is frying get the dough and

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cheese ready. I am a lover of Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough. I used the thin crust for this pizza. I of course started by drizzling a little extra virgin olive oil and garlic powder over the bottom of my jelly roll pizza stone and wiping it around with a paper towel.

extra virgin olive oil and garlic powder on panThen spread the crust out in the pan. I would bake the crust for about 7 minutes on 400 degrees at this point. I didn’t do this, but felt the crust was a little doughy still.

pizza crustNow the hard part. Picking the cheeses. Stressful.

cheese choices for pizzaYou obviously want mozzarella because what is pizza without it. But, have you tried using fresh mozzarella instead of the harder type?

fresh mozzarella cheeseI start though with using slices of provolone cheese instead of a tomato sauce.

provolone cheese slicesNow it gets tricky. Here are a few recommendations…

fontina cheese

romano cheese

Parmesan cheeseYou definitely don’t need to use all of them, but feel free to use all of them. I would recommend the Fontina and then the Parm or the Romano. The final cheese, is ricotta. Yes, trust me, you will love it.

ricotta cheeseOnce you have your cheeses shredded, start layering. Begin with slices of provolone.

crust then provolone slicesThen follow with your shredded Fontina, Romano or even cheddar if you don’t have fontina or another Italian cheese. Follow the shredded with slices of fresh mozzarella and then dollops of Romano. Then grab that bacon and sprinkle over the cheeses. I put a bit more Parmesan over top at the end.

Cheese and bacon pizza before baking

prebaked cheese and bacon pizzaBake the pizza for 10 minutes on 400 degrees if you baked the crust for 7 minutes earlier. If not, bake the pizza for about 15-17 minutes. Watch carefully so you don’t burn the cheese.

Bacon and cheese pizzaLet it set a few minutes before slicing into squares and diving into this cheesy bad boy.

slice of cheese and bacon pizza

Quattro Formaggio Pizza with Bacon

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Do you love cheesy pizza? This bacon and cheese pizza is cheese lovers dream come true.
  • 1 tube refrigerated thin crust pizza dough
  • ½ pound bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 slices of provolone cheese
  • 1 cup each of Fontina cheese and Romano or Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1, 8 oz ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 8 oz of Ricotta Cheese
  1. Drizzle olive oil and garlic powder on a jelly roll pan. Spread oil and garlic powder around pan with a paper towel.
  2. Spread pizza crust out on pan.
  3. Bake for 7 minutes on 400 degrees.
  4. Remove from oven and lay provolone slices on crust to cover completely. Spread the Fontina and Romano/Parmesan cheese over the sliced cheese.
  5. Place slices of mozzarella over top followed by dollops of Ricotta betweens mozzarella.
  6. Sprinkle with bacon to cover evenly. Top with additional Parmesan cheese if you wish.
  7. Bake on 400 for an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Let set for a minute before slicing.

Got a good recipe to share this week? Be sure to link up one of your favorites from this past week.

Hunk of Meat Monday: Pizza Muffins

Well it is probably obvious by now that this post is late. Let’s chalk that up to a five day trip to NYC for Blogher and school starting 15 hours after I stepped into the house. Which is why I am now on a mission to find the meals we can make quick and on the go. My son’s favorite are these pepperoni pizza muffins.

Pepperoni Pizza MuffinsThis is quick thanks to a few items I make sure I always have on hand: biscuit mix, mini pepperonis, eggs, herbs, and mozzarella cheese.

Pantry must haves for pizza muffinsI used fresh herbs but, dried will work just fine as well. Cut the herbs in half if you use dried ones. Start by mixing together 2 cups of biscuit mix, 1 teaspoon of fresh parsley, oregano and basil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

dry ingredients for pizza muffinsThen mix together 1 and 1/3 cups of milk with 2 eggs.

eggs and milk whisked together for pizza muffinsPour the milk and egg mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk together.

Mixing wet and dry ingredients for pizza muffinsOnce the dry ingredients are just combined add two 5 oz packages of mini pepperonis or 1 pound of browned sausage along with 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese.

pepperoni and cheese mixed into pizza muffin batterOnce the ingredients are combined, grease and fill 24 muffin tins or 48 mini muffin tins 3/4 full with batter.

pizza muffin batter

muffin tins filled with pizza batterBake on 375 for about 20 minutes, till golden and springy.

Pepperoni Pizza MuffinsThese are great to freeze and pop in the microwave for a quick snack. If you just want to make one pan, simply split the recipe in half.

Pizza Muffins

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Serves: 24 large muffins or 48 mini muffins

Serving size: 3 muffins

A quick and easy recipe for pizza muffins that are great for meals on the go.
  • 2 cups of biscuit mix
  • 1½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp each of fresh parsley, oregano, and basil (1/2 if dried)
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2, 5 oz packages of mini pepperoni or 1 lb of browned sausage
  • 2 cups mozzarella
  1. Combine dry ingredients. In a two cup bowl whisk eggs and milk together. Pour the milk and eggs into the dry ingredients and whisk together till just incorporated. Add pepperoni or sausage and cheese. Mix together and let set for 10 minutes. Then fill 24 greased muffin tins or 48 mini muffin tins. Bake on 375 for approximately 20 minutes.
  2. Serve with warm pizza sauce or ranch dressing for dipping.
  3. Cooked muffins can be frozen and warmed in the microwave.

Got a great meaty recipe? Link it on up!


Hunk of Meat Monday: BBQ Chicken Calzones

Quick meals are must in our house on weeknights. After all one night we have ballet, one night we have basketball, throw a school activity into the week and you are talking craziness. If it isn’t a crock pot meal, then it needs to be a quick meal. This is why I love this new recipe I came across in the Gooseberry Patch 101 Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches I am reviewing and giving away.

BBQ chicken calzones are going to be a regular at our house. A few things that make this a super easy and quick weeknight meal are Pillsbury refrigerator pizza dough and my Pampered Chef covered baker.

I had froze some chicken tenderloins a while back when I found them on a quick sale. I pulled them out frozen and put them in my covered baker. I poured about 1/4 cup of root beer over the chicken. I covered both sides of the chicken with a BBQ seasoning too. I then popped the frozen chicken in the microwave, yes microwave for 10 minutes. I broke it apart after about 7 minutes. I had to cook the chicken an additional 2 minutes for the chicken to be fully cooked.

But I needed more chicken. So, I pulled out another frozen bag of cooked chicken and warmed it up quickly. I chopped up both portions of chicken to get about 3 cups of chicken.

I then mixed a cup of barbeque sauce in with the chicken.

I then unrolled a thin crust tube of pizza dough. I cut the dough into two rectangles. I spooned half the BBQ chicken onto half of each regtangle. I diced up a half a red onion. I put red onions on most of the chicken. However, I knew one of my kids would decide they didn’t like onions if I covered it all.

I covered the chicken and onions with mozzarella cheese, about a cup on each portion.

Then cover the chicken, onions, and cheese with the remaining half of the dough.

I then brushed the tops with egg whites and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. I baked on 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. The results were golden brown goodness.

If you love BBQ chicken pizza, you will love these calzones!

I can’t wait to see what you all are sharing this week. Last week I know many of you got some great meals, especially these popular links.

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