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Budget-Friendly Beef Hash Recipe

Beef hash has got to be one of our favorite meals because it’s so delicious and super easy to make. Plus, you can make it with leftovers, so nothing goes to waste!

This can also be a corned beef hash recipe. There are only a couple of differences, one of them being that you’ll use corned beef, either freshly cooked or leftovers. I have the other difference below, under other types of hash.

Family Dinner with Leftover Beef

Beef hash on a plate with green beans

It’s the perfect dish to serve when you have leftover roast beef or steak. Actually, almost any type of beef is good in this dish.

In addition to being economical it is delicious and comforting. I hate wasting food.

I learned how to be frugal from watching my southern mama. After all, she could squeeze a quarter so tight you could hear the eagle scream.

And since I grew up with her thrifty ways, I’ve carried on the family tradition.

Leftovers are valuable around our house, and I almost always put them to good use. In fact, I can often make several extra meals out of leftovers.

That said, this beef hash is one of our favorite dinners. My husband quickly came to realize that when we had roast one night, we’d soon have roast beef hash.

When our daughters were younger, they looked forward to having beef hash of any type. In fact, our older daughter chose this for her birthday dinner one year over going out.

She said it was her absolute favorite meal. So of course, I obliged her.

I didn’t even rely on leftovers for her birthday dinner. Since this was what she wanted, I purchased some of the best steaks I could find.

Even though it’s easy to prepare and economical, beef hash ranks close to the top of our comfort foods list. Others we enjoy are this delicious shepherd’s pie and this other easy-to-make dish, a chicken and rice casserole.

Beef Hash Ingredients

You don’t need many ingredients for this delectable dish. If you have some sort of oil or fat, leftover beef, an onion, and a couple of potatoes, you can make it.

However, it also helps to have some seasonings to keep it from tasting bland. I like to use a little bit of seasoning salt and a lot of black pepper.

When I’m in the mood for extra spicy, I add ground cayenne. Other ingredients you can add are garlic, basil, rosemary, and thyme.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

How to Make Beef Hash

I always start out with a big skillet, since I like to have leftovers from my leftovers. My husband and I can get two meals each out of this one.

I heat up the skillet with enough butter to cover the bottom of it. You can also spray it with nonstick spray, but we like the flavor of butter.

Melt butter in a large skillet.

While the butter melts, dice the potatoes. The smaller they are the faster they cook.

Diced potatoes

Next, I sauté the onions until they are translucent. They add a tremendous amount of flavor to the dish.

Saute onions.

After the onions are ready, add the diced potatoes and cook them until they are tender but still firm.

Finally, add the beef to the skillet. This is the time to season it according to your family’s taste.

Beef, onions, and potatoes in a skillet

The finished dish is warm, filling, and delicious. Serve it with your favorite vegetable or salad to make a balanced meal.

Steak Hash for When You Don’t Have Leftovers

For those times when we want beef hash but don’t have leftovers, I purchase a couple of small steaks. Using a very sharp knife, I cut the meat into cubes.

Since it’s not precooked, I add it to the onion and potato mixture before the potatoes are done. Cubed meat doesn’t take long to cook.

Other Types of Hash

You can also use corned beef. You’ve heard of corned beef hash, right?

Follow the same recipe, with one small difference. Since the meat is already so heavily seasoned, cut way back on the salt.

Pork hash and chicken hash are essentially the same. However, you might try using sweet potatoes for a different taste sensation and a boost of extra nutrients.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. You might discover that you have a knack for creating your own delicious recipes.

Beef hash with steak, onions, and potatoes in a skillet and on a plate with green beans

More Dishes from Leftovers

We love getting rotisserie chickens from Costco. For one thing, they’re humongous at three-plus pounds each.

Secondly, they’re very inexpensive. But most of all, they are perfectly seasoned, and we think they’re delicious.

If I don’t have time to go to Costco, I’ll get one at Publix, Harris Teeter, or any of the other grocery stores in the area. They’re all good.

There are several things I enjoy making from leftover rotisserie chickens. The Crockpot chicken stew is ideal for days when I’m busy, so I let the slow cooker do all the work.

When we’re in the mood for spicy, I prepare the chicken creole with rice. There’s often enough left for chicken salad sandwiches on another day.

Comfort Food Recipes

Since this beef hash is such a comfort food, I decided to share more of my favorites. Here are a few of them:

Pork Sausage and Rice Skillet Dinner – This one-pan meal is easy to make, delicious, and budget-friendly! What else can you ask for? Oh, I just thought of something. It’s super easy to clean up afterward since you’re only using one pan.

Easy Beef and Cabbage Soup – You’ll love the flavors that come together in the most delightful way. Another thing you’ll appreciate is the fact that it’s a delicious low-calorie meal. So eat as much as you want and feel good about doing it.

Ham and Potato Casserole – This easy recipe has the same amount of comforting flavor and deliciousness as the beef hash. It’s definitely one of our favorites.

Beef hash on a plate with green beans

Beef Hash

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This beef hash is the perfect dish to make with leftover steak or roast beef.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of cooked beef cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cups of diced potatoes
  • 1 cup of diced onions
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Saute the onions until they are translucent.
  3. Add the diced potatoes and cook until they are tender.
  4. Add the beef and stir.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Allow the hash to cook until the bottom browns. Turn it to brown it on the other side.
  7. Serve hot.

Notes

Experiment with different seasonings, including cayenne pepper, garlic, thyme, rosemary, or any of your favorites.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 369Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 80mgSodium 211mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 18g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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