Recipes to Use Up Leftover Roast Beef

Recipes to help you use up leftover roast

I usually make a standing rib roast  on Christmas Day. It is a such a flavorful cut, but it is almost impossible to find a roast smaller than 6 pounds, so we always end up with leftovers. When money is tight I make a  cross rib roast which is less expensive and slightly smaller, but is still a 4 – 5 lb. roast.

It may be tempting to buy a boneless roast, but I recommend against it. I find bone-in roasts to be more flavorful and the bones from the roast can be used to make broth or add flavor to beans and soups. If you don’t have time to use the bones within a few days of serving the roast, place them in the freezer to use at a later time.

Cooked roast beef freezes well. I can stretch the leftovers over several weeks, by freezing the roast in usable portions and then thawing it as needed. You can find more information about storing and using leftovers here.

Recipes to Use Up Leftover Roast Beef:

Hoppin’ John – uses both the leftover roast and the bones from your roast.

Shepherd’s Pie  is usually made with ground beef, but is delicious when made with leftover roast!

Beef Stew Casserole – Add the leftover roast to step three, instead of step two.

Barbecue Beef Stuffed Potatoes - Shred the leftover roast and add barbecue sauce to make barbecued beef.

Beef Stew with Cabbage - Add leftover roast to Step two instead of step one.

Easy Broccoli and Beef - Leftover roast works well in a stir-frys (add leftover roast to second step instead of first).

Boeuf Bourguignon – made using leftover beef roast.

Beef Barley Soup - A hearty soup using leftover roast or prime rib.

Roast Beef Dip Sandwiches – made with leftover roast beef.

Pot Roast and Cheddar Grilled Sandwiches - take grilled cheese to a whole new level!

Pulled Roast Beef Tacos are a delicious way to create a completely different meal with your leftover roast beef.

Use Leftover Roast in Place of Steak in Recipes:

Fiesta Steak and Pasta Salad works just as well with leftover roast.

Southwest Steak Salad with Honey Lime Dressing is great with leftover roast.

Steak and Asparagus Frittata can just as easily be made with leftover roast.

Spicy Steak and Artichoke Sandwich - slice the roast thin to use on this sandwich.

Steak and Asparagus Breakfast Wraps – A delicious and portable breakfast.

More ideas for using leftover roast in recipes:

Use the bones from your roast to make beef broth in a slow cooker or add flavor to beans when cooking them.

Leftover roast makes a flavorful addition to Quesadillas.

I replace the hamburger in Taco Salad with leftover roast. I saute the onions in a little oil and then add 2 cups bite size pieces of roast at the same time I add the beans.

I make tacos by adapting Tegan’s Taco Recipes. I cut up 2 cups bite size pieces of roast, add 1 1/2 – 2 cups diced tomatoes and 1 -2 tablespoons of taco seasoning and cook it over a medium heat until it is heated through.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. this is a delicious lineup for leftover roast recipes! such great ideas, too. i am absolutely trying that southwest steak salad. looks so good! :)

  2. I love these ideas! I always have leftover roast. Thanks for sharing!

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