18 Best Leftover Brisket Recipes
Easter or Passover leave you with too much leftover brisket? Check out our favorite recipes for using up your holiday roast!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with extra brisket after celebrating Easter or Passover this year, check out our favorite options that’ll give your leftovers new life. These 16 recipes will help put extra meat to good use, while also cutting down on your time in the kitchen. Now that’s worth celebrating!
If you’ve ever made a brisket or chuck roast before, you know the name of the game is a low and slow cook time. While that’s all fine and good for a special occasion, we’ve been burned by forgetting to set our slow cooker in the morning one too many times. For these recipes, all you’ve got to manage is hitting it once (making slow-cooker brisket for Sunday dinner maybe?), and using leftover meat the rest of the week.
The trick is to use a light hand when it comes to the recipe’s added liquid. You’re also likely going to want to make these recipes on the stovetop, rather than in the slow cooker, so you can keep an eye on things and taste as you go. Your meat should meld with the flavors quickly, turning a 6-8 hour affair into only a half hour one. Start with half the liquid the recipe requires. Remember you can always add more, but it’s much more difficult to remove any once you’ve put it in. Don't be intimidated by changing up a recipe, you've got this!
Went with a corned beef brisket for your celebration this year? We’ve got leftover inspiration for that too, from corned beef hash to nachos. More of a ham fan? Check out our lists of leftover ham ideas, from ham sandwiches to split pea and ham soup. Have an excess of lamb? Don't worry, we've got everything from curry to shepherd's pie for your leftovers.
You can skip step one of this recipe, and only will need to cook the ragu long enough for your leftover brisket to begin to fall apart. It should take much less time than the original 2 1/2 hours. Serve over your favorite pasta, like we did, or polenta.
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This birria stew usually takes 4-5 hours to come together. By using leftover brisket, you can cut that time significantly, without cutting any of the delicious Mexican-Asian fusion flavor.
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Skip the searing step if you're using leftover brisket/chuck roast, and just cook this stew long enough that the flavors meld and the potatoes soften. Wine adds a layer of rich complex flavor to your stew, but if you don't have any leftover cooking wine on hand, your stew will be delicious without it—just sub in more beef stock!
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Once served at Disney's International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot, this glow-up of a loaded baked potato is so phenomenal it’s worthy of its own celebration.
Meat and potatoes, the cocktail party way. We love serving these as appetizers, or a weeknight, pre-dinner snack.
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Traditional Southern fare doesn't get anymore delicious than hearty barbecue brisket on a bun, topped with a crisp, tangy cabbage slaw.
Looking for a soup that is warm and hearty? This beef and barley soup is just the one. Usually you'd simmer the soup until the meat is tender, but by using leftover brisket you can pull it from the heat once the barley is cooked, making this come together extra fast.
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Using leftover brisket, you can skip the long braise in a lot of liquid here, and just cook your meat in the chile paste long enough that it becomes shreddable and takes on the birria flavor. Remember, you can always add more liquid, but it's much harder to take too much away.
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Making beef stew keto-friendly only meant a couple simple swaps. It's still silky and deeply comforting, and thanks to your leftover brisket, can come together in less than 30 minutes!
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By using leftover brisket, you can have these shredded meat tacos on your table in less than 30 minutes. Serve these with homemade salsa to make them extra special.
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These come together FAST using leftover brisket or chuck roast. Don't skip the mayonnaise, romaine, and giardiniera (buy a jar or make your own)—they make this sandwich extra flavorful.
Yukgaejang is a spicy Korean beef soup loaded with warm earthy vegetables like mushrooms, leeks, and gosari (immature fronds of bracken, a wild plant that is foraged along the hills and mountains of Korea).
Oops, forgot to set your slow cooker one too many times? Skip it, and use leftover meat like brisket for this soup instead. We love this with barley, but feel free to use brown or wild rice instead.
Though it's helpful to use your Instant Pot when you need to cook raw meat, if you're using leftover brisket/chuck roast, you could likely manage this recipe in a pan on the stovetop! Just make the sauce, and simmer the meat in it briefly to meld flavors—then shred it, and add rigatoni.
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This hearty stew gets a zesty kick from coffee, Dijon mustard, and pickled red onions. Trust us, it works! Serve this alongside your favorite cornbread to sop up all the yummy juices.
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Skip the slow cooker, and make this on your stovetop instead using leftover brisket. This recipe is great for using up a bottle of red wine that just wasn't for you—just make sure it's a dry one, rather than sweet.
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Everything you love about Philly cheesesteaks, in soup-form! The bread bowls aren't strictly necessary, but we love how they give this soup extra sandwich vibes. You could sub croutons instead if you want.
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Cut this chili's cook time down by using leftover brisket. Don't forget to serve it with a hunk of Texas-sized, Southern-style cornbread!
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