Just like green drinks, shamrock treats, and incorporating Baileys and Guinness into just about any dish, serving corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day is part of Irish-American tradition. But just because it’s expected doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Here are 17 ways to eat corned beef that you’ve probably never tasted before.


1. Corned Beef Tacos With Beer Battered Fries: This Mexican-American-inspired riff on the original is EPIC. And the creamy Greek-yogurt cabbage slaw is like nectar of the gods. (via Half Baked Harvest)


2. Guinness BBQ Corned Beef and White Cheddar Sliders: When you want to make an American dish even more American, you barbecue it, amiright? This beer-based BBQ sauce has to be tasted to be believed. (via Dixie Chik Cooks)


3. Cheesy Naan Reuben Pizzas With Thousand Island Drizzle: It was only a matter of time before some enterprising American chef took the humble reuben and went all *naan* on it. Can you say “namaste?” (via Climbing Grier Mountain)


4. Reuben Poppers: This crazy-good concept takes the grilled Reuben and whips it up, popper style. These make perfect party food your St. Paddy’s Day guests can nibble while mingling. (via The Beach House Kitchen)


5. Irish Nachos With Beer Cheese: If you’re looking for some over-the-top pub food, check out these Irish nachos. Instead of tortilla chips, it calls for thinly sliced potatoes and the queso is a homemade cheddar-beer sauce, natch. (via What Do You Crave)


6. Reuben Stuffed Potato Skins: This one’s for the gluten-free folks in the house. What better vehicle for all those yummy reuben stuffings than a crisp potato jacket that’s simply oozing melted cheese. (via Cooks With Cocktails)


7. Corned Beef Grilled Cheese: If you like the emphasis on the CHEESE, this one’s for you. This *Dagwood* is spilling over with thinly sliced corned beef, caramelized onions, and oodles of melty Fontina cheese. What’s not to love? (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)


8. Reuben Po’ Boys: The original Louisiana po’ boys were stuffed with EITHER fried seafood or thinly sliced beef, so this sammy is an American original in more ways than one. Stuffed with bourbon glazed corned beef, the sandwich is topped with a vinegar-based cabbage slaw that really pops. (via The Cooking Bride)


9. Spicy Reuben Chowder With Brown Butter Rye Croutons: If there’s such a thing as *leftover* corned beef at your house, lucky you! For the rest of us, a cabbage chowder like this one topped with just a pinch of corned beef crumbles totally satisfies the craving. Pro tip: If you really have zero St. Paddy’s leftovers, bacon crumbles will taste just as good and no one at the table will be the wiser. (via Climbing Grier Mountain)


10. Corned Beef Breakfast Hash: This one’s for all the clean eaters in the house. This corned beef hash is made with all wholesome ingredients — as if you needed a second reason to celebrate! (via Fed + Fit)


11. St. Paddy’s Corned Beef Burgers With Irish Cheddar Cheese: These burgers made of a combo of ground beef and corned beef mixed with Guinness are practically worthy of Irish-American sainthood. To be sure, even St. Patrick himself would give ’em three clovers up. (via Climbing Grier Mountain)


12. Reuben Eggs Benedict: Those new to cooking will love that this is a beginner-style eggs Bennie. You *could* corn the beef yourself (click through for the recipe) — or you could just pile on some corned beef and sauerkraut from your local deli and it will be just as good. (via Macheesmo)


13. Reuben Waffle Fries: This version of a Reuben casserole takes it up a notch with crispy waffle fries. The cast iron skillet ensures that the fries stay crunchy while the cheese melts into every crevice. (via Melanie Makes)


14. Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Sliders With Guinness Mustard: The meat for these sliders comes together easy peasy in your slow cooker or crockpot — plus they’re a real crowd pleaser. This is one party tray that’s guaranteed to come back to the kitchen licked clean. (via The Cookie Rookie)


15. Hot Reuben Dip: Anyone who loves Reuben sandwiches will HEART this dip. You’d best make two and place one at each end of your party table — to avoid the inevitable traffic jam when everyone lines up behind this. (via Culinary Hill)


16. Reuben Sliders: These hearty sliders on ciabatta bread are sure to be a fave at your St. Paddy’s day gathering, but why wait? They’d be equally great at your next game night, dinner party, or anytime you’ve got a crowd to feed. (via Countryside Cravings)


17. Corned Beef Hash Cajun Style: The good thing about slow cooking your own corned beef is you might just have enough left over the next day to make hash for breakfast. This version takes it to the next level, with spicy peppers, Cajun seasonings, and hot sauce that runneth over. (via Chili Pepper Madness)

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