These beef dinners taste great without loading on excess calories.
Cost per serving: $1.99
You know it as a topping for pizza, but pepperoni adds zing to a weeknight meatloaf. Using a slow cooker keeps the loaf nice and moist.
See recipe: Meatloaf with Mozzarella, Mushrooms and Pepperoni
Cost per serving: $1.80
Make this kid-friendly meal in even less time. Instead of a single loaf, make minis. Mist a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray, divide the mixture among the cups and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. You can also switch up the dairy in the recipe. The yogurt gives this dish a tangy flavor, but you substitute milk if you prefer.
See recipe: Southwestern Meat Loaf
Cost per serving: $1.18
Spice up a comfort food classic with this flavorful recipe. For a time-saving side dish, serve with frozen peas or mixed vegetables. And you can make the leftovers into meat loaf sandwiches the next day.
See recipe: Smoky Chipotle Meat Loaf
Cost per serving: $1.33
Seed and mince a chipotle; stir it into the mixture with the adobo. To top it off, garnish with sliced scallions or chopped cilantro.
See recipe: Tamale Pie
Cost per serving: $1.23
This one-dish Beef and Potato Pie recipe is an inexpensive family favorite. If you end up having more beef, but few potatoes left over, add it to a wrap or pita sandwich for lunch the next day.
See recipe: Beef and Potato Pie
Cost per serving: $1.05
Serve this chili over spaghetti and sprinkle with grated Cheddar for authentic Cincinnati flavor.
See recipe: Cincinnati Chili
Cost per serving: $1.39
Get your meat-and-potatoes fix the easy way with a classic shepherd’s pie made in the slow cooker. Lean ground beef, a frozen veggie mix and potatoes blended with just a touch of milk and butter make it a well-balanced meal.
See recipe: Slow-Cooker Shepherd’s Pie
Cost per serving: $1.11
If you’ll be out of the house all day, this delicious brisket stands up well to cooking on low for 10 to 11 hours
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Brisket
Cost per serving: $2.47
Wrap any remaining meat and gravy; refigerate. On another night, shred the meat, stir it into the gravy and serve it on top of cooked egg noodles.
See recipe: Cola-Braised Brisket
Cost per serving: $2.48
Eye of round is a lean cut of beef, so take care not to overcook the meat or it will be tough.
See recipe: Eye of Round Roast with Pan Juices
Cost per serving: $2.02
This juicy flank steak recipe will keep tummies and your wallet full.
See recipe: Balsamic-Marinated Flank Steak
Cost per serving: $3.05
Make this dish steakhouse-style by serving baked potatoes and creamed spinach on the side.
See recipe: Pepper-Crusted Flank Steak
Cost per serving: $3.32
Surprise your family with this tasty Flank Steak with Red Onions recipe that looks fancy, but takes little time to prepare. The steak is also good cold; put leftovers over a salad the next day, or in a sandwich.
See recipe: Flank Steak with Red Onions
Cost per serving: $3.12
The steaks only need about 15 minutes in our zesty citrus marinade for great flavor. For more citrus taste, marinate the meat in the fridge up to five hours in advance.
Recipe: Citrus-Marinated Skirt Steak
Cost per serving: $4.45
Skirt steak is a relatively lean cut, and it’s best served medium-rare, so watch it carefully. If you cook it past the medium stage, it can end up tough and chewy.
See recipe: Skirt Steak with Mustard Sauce
Cost per serving: $2.38
Ancho chili powder gives this steak plenty of flavor but not too much heat, and they’re full of healthful antioxidants. Swap skirt steak for the flank if it’s on sale.
See recipe: Ancho Chili-Rubbed Flank Steak
Cost per serving: $1.92
Fat: 9g (sat 4g)
Traditional Thai ingredients like fish sauce and fresh ginger add flavor but very few calories to flank steak. Pair with rice and stir-fried vegetables for a complete, healthy meal.
See recipe: Thai-Marinated Broiled Flank Steak
Cost per serving: $2.39
Fresh parsley is the key ingredient in chimichurri sauce, a perfect complement to a robust steak. If you can’t find skirt steak at your supermarket, you can use flank or hanger steak―both work just as well.
See recipe: Skirt Steak with Chimichurri
Cost per serving: $2.52
This Grilled Teriyaki Steak Skewers recipe is a delicious family-favorite dish that takes so little time to prepare. If you want to serve these at a party, prepare them about half the size, on smaller skewers.
See recipe: Grilled Teriyaki Steak Skewers
Cost per serving: 89¢
Fire up the grill (or broiler) for these tangy beef and vegetable kebabs. Serve with leftover rice for a quick yet complete meal.
See recipe: Beef Kebabs with Orange Glaze
Cost per serving: 78¢
Easy to pick up and quick to eat, these beef sliders are a crowd-pleaser. Don’t forget the fixings: Set out bowls of toppings such as grilled onions, salsa, cheese slices, lettuce, tomato and pickles.
See recipe: Burger Sliders
Cost per serving: $1.86
Don't forget the extras! Offer bowls of shredded lettuce, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, shredded Cheddar and other taco toppings.
See recipe: Shredded Beef Tacos
Cost per serving: $1.52
Instead of ordering in, whip up this easy, Asian-inspired dish.
Recipe: Orange Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry
Cost per serving: $1.72
Instead of steak, try our Master Meat Mix, and you'll have plenty of leftovers to freeze and serve again.
See recipe: Skillet Stroganoff
Cost per serving: $2.02
Want to make this meal even healthier? Use extra-lean ground beef or ground turkey and swap in brown rice instead of white to add fiber and other nutrients to this dish.
See recipe: Beef-and-Rice-Stuffed Peppers
For an easy appetizer, divide the recipe into a mini muffin tray and serve on a tray with toothpicks and dipping sauces.
See Recipe: Mini Meat Loaves