Southern Beef Main Dish Recipes

Looking for Southern beef recipes? Allrecipes has more than 30 recipes for chicken fried steak, BBQ, hamburgers, and skillet dinners, complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Bourbon Street Rib-Eye Steak

Rating: 4.08 stars
126
After eating this style of steak in a restaurant a few times, I worked on making my own marinade. The results are tender and do not have an overbearing bourbon taste. This marinade is very different from the only other one I have seen on this site.

Chicken Fried Steak Cuban Style

Rating: 4.19 stars
58
Delicious and tasty chicken fried steaks with a zesty Latin touch.

Elaine's Sweet and Tangy Loose Beef BBQ

Rating: 4.43 stars
279
This recipe is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants creation. I researched several BBQ recipes online and in my cookbooks and combined bits and pieces of different things I liked about them. The result was a wonderful and tangy loose BBQ for sandwiches that is very easy to make and takes little hands-on time. My in-laws who are in their 70s both said it was the best BBQ they had ever had. It was awesome!

Chicken Fried Steak I

Rating: 4.2 stars
187
Breaded and deep fried beef cutlets are known as chicken fried steak because of the similarity in cooking method to fried chicken. This is a family recipe that we have used for years. Vegetable oil may be used in place of shortening for frying.

Cuban Ropa Vieja

Rating: 4.36 stars
730
This is great shredded beef served on tortillas or over rice. Add sour cream, cheese, and fresh cilantro on the side.

Smothered Hamburger Steak

Rating: 4.39 stars
101
Warning: can become habit-forming and a weekly regular on your kitchen table. Good change of pace from traditional burgers, great served with mashed potatoes or rice. It's so easy to tweak and add your own twist to this meal. Good Southern comfort food.

N'Awlins Stuffed Bell Peppers

Rating: 4.37 stars
119
Momma's Peppers...Whenever my mother prepares this Stuffed Bell Pepper dish, everyone in the family finds an excuse to 'drop by' for a visit to my parents' home. Being a fourth generation native New Orleanian, my mother offers a plate of food to anyone who stops by for a visit...that's why this recipe makes twelve servings!

Oklahoma Brisket

Rating: 4.61 stars
174
This is absolutely fabulous and so easy. Brisket that isn't dried out can be so good. The bar-b-que sauce is also wonderful and can be used for other meat dishes.

Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Pork Sausage Gravy

Rating: 4.43 stars
23
My grandmother use to make this for my grandfather. She passed the recipe down to my mom who use to make this for our family, but especially for my father who absolutely LOVED this! I now make this for my husband! I serve this with buttered corn and smashed garlic potatoes!

The Best Chicken Fried Steak

Rating: 4.45 stars
1460
I received this recipe from a co-worker about 5 years ago. This is by far the best chicken fried steak I've ever had. I've made this numerous times for my picky eater son and my southern-raised better half, as well as other family and friends. I get nothing but rave reviews each time.

Ground Beef and Cabbage

Rating: 4.41 stars
362
My mother was a country cook, plain and simple. But as I have traveled and worked and experienced foods from around the world, I look back and realize that many of the dishes she prepared, while simple, were perfect for that moment. Sometimes we have to put emotion and love in a dish to make it extra-special. The dish I am going to give you today is one like that. Simple and easy, yet full of love and goodness. My mother used to serve this with corn on the cob and cornbread. Very inexpensive and very good as well. Enjoy an Ozark memory...

Tennessee Meatloaf

Rating: 4.53 stars
148
My Grandmother 'Nanaw' Rowan made the most delicious meatloaf in the state. When she passed away, she didn't leave me her recipe, but she left me the desire to recreate it. I think this is it, in flavor and texture. Don't let the number of ingredients discourage you. It's part of the magic in creating a masterpiece!
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Inspiration and Ideas

Country-Style Steak
Rating: Unrated
454
Mmmm...mmm... This is the recipe that my momma passed down to me. Born and raised in the South, and my momma was raised on a farm, so my family knows a lot about southern cookin'. With this recipe, don't be shy to add other spices to it. This goes great with mashed potatoes, green beans and sweet tea. You can use the gravy from the steak for the mashed potatoes.
Slow Roasted BBQ Beef Roast
Rating: Unrated
22
Three words describe this roast: juicy, tender, flavorful.

Beer and Brown Sugar Steak Marinade

Rating: 4.51 stars
448

I concocted this marinade on a lark and it turned out great. The flavors complement and do not overwhelm the natural taste of beef.