Don’t be intimidated by steak! Okay, filet and rib eye can be pricey for a weeknight dinner, but skirt (or flank) steak are great affordable options, and there are a *ton* of ways to utilize leftover steak throughout the whole week. You’ve already got your favorite leftover roast chicken recipes, so now it’s time to give steak leftovers the same attention. Skirt steak cooks incredibly fast, so within 30 minutes you can have your meat prepared for salads, make-ahead lunches, tacos and nachos for the entire week. Call your butcher, because these recipes will have you craving steak for every meal.

Marinated Skirt Steak

1. Marinated Skirt Steak: Letting your meat marinate overnight is the key to a tender skirt steak. Even though you have to start the night before, the recipe is incredibly simple and will yield amazing flavor perfect for a multitude of dishes. You’ll want to cook this medium rare at most, since you’ll be reheating it throughout the week. (via East Coast Alex)


2. Beef Fajitas: Start your fajitas by sautéing peppers and onions over high heat and reheating your steak. Pile on a warm tortilla and top everything with pico de gallo and sour cream, and you’re done! Using leftover beef means your fajitas are done in 15 minutes flat. (via Recipe Tin Eats)


3. Carne Asada Nacho Fries: If there’s anything better than fries AND nachos mixed together, we’re not sure what it is. Load up wedge-cut potatoes with cheese, guacamole and very thinly sliced steak and bask in a fun dinner everyone will praise you for. (via What’s Gaby Cooking)

Cheesesteak slider

4. Philly Cheesesteak Sliders: Philly cheesesteak is an obvious choice for using up leftover steak. Have a little fun with it and turn them into sliders that the whole family will love. Serve with shoestring fries to really channel that Philly street vibe. (via Cooking for Keeps)


5. Crispy Spicy Sesame Beef: Spicy sesame sauce is the star of this dish. When it comes to the end of the week and you’re really pushing yourself to finish the leftovers, try this — you’ll be in Shanghai heaven. (via Gal on a Mission)


6. Roasted Butternut Squash, Steak and Pomegranate Crostini: Mid-week entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful. Leftover steak mixed with feta, pomegranate and roasted butternut squash makes a lovely crostini topping. Everyone will be asking for the recipe. (via Cooking LSL)

Mexican Street Fries

7. Mexican Street Fries: Even though these fries look really indulgent, they’re actually quite a well-rounded meal. The sweet potato fries are baked, and the naturally lean skirt steak is tossed with shredded Brussels sprouts. Top with cilantro and Cotija cheese and you’ll feel like you’re walking the streets of Mexico. (via The Blonde Chef)

philly cheesesteak stuffed peppers

8. Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers: One of the main components of a Philly cheesesteak is green bell pepper, so it only makes sense to stuff the filling inside one. These freeze wonderfully, so you can save them for a rainy day when you don’t feel like cooking. (via The Garlic Diaries)

steak and egg tacos

9. Steak ‘n’ Egg Tacos: Anyone can make this Tex-Mex twist on steak and eggs. Top your tacos with avocado and your favorite salsa for a little extra zip. Good luck eating these with your hands… You *may* want to have a fork nearby. (via Frites and Fries)

steak mac and cheese

10. Steak and Cheddar Mac and Cheese: There’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of rich mac and cheese. Add in sliced steak and you have a decadent, hearty meal. (via Pinch of Yum)


11. Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese: When all else fails, grilled cheese is where it’s at. But this isn’t just any grilled cheese. It’s filled with mushrooms and thinly sliced steak nestled between gooey layers of Gruyère and Swiss. Yes, please. (via The Cozy Apron)


12. Steak Salad With Grilled Asparagus and Mushrooms: Rustic flavors of asparagus, blue cheese and mushrooms pair perfectly with beef. All you need to dress this salad is a simple balsamic vinaigrette that lets the other flavors shine. (via Chef Savvy)


13. Sirloin Steak Tip Sandwich With Dubliner Cheese Sauce and Caramelized Onions: Your co-workers will *definitely* be jealous of this sandwich. Caramelized onions, white cheddar and hot sauce will instantly take your leftover beef to drool-worthy status. (via From Away)


14. Sweet Thai Chili Steak Bowls: Why order takeout when you have perfectly good steak sitting in your fridge? With just a few pantry items and ingredients you probably have on hand, you can make a hearty Thai bowl that could easily be on the menu at your favorite restaurant. (via Shock Munch)


15. Strawberry Steak Salad: You’ll fall in love at first bite with the combo of steak, blue cheese and strawberries. You may even turn salad naysayers into salad lovers with this one. (via Family Foodie)


16. Surf and Turf Quinoa Bowls With Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette: This healthy, budget-friendly version of surf and turf will knock your socks off. Who needs lobster and filet when you have skirt steak and shrimp? You’ll have to refrain from drinking the vinaigrette though… It’s THAT good. (via Cooking and Beer)


17. Tequila Lime Steak and Poblano Quesadillas With Citrus Sour Cream: Everyone jumps for joy when quesadilla night rolls around, especially when they’re fancy quesadillas loaded with tequila-lime steak and sautéed poblanos. Apologize to Chipotle, because you’re staying home. (via Cooking for Keeps)


18. Teriyaki Steak Soba: You’ll be so proud of yourself after mastering this dish, you’ll want to make it every night. Add an extra drizzle of sesame oil to finish it off. (via Ang Sarap)

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