16 Heart Healthy Recipes with Lean Beef

Good news – there’s no need to sacrifice on flavor while eating a balanced diet for heart health. Research shows that lean beef can be part of the top two dietary patterns recommended for heart health, DASH and Mediterranean, without negatively impacting blood cholesterol levels (1-4). Pairing beef with other nutrient-rich foods will help ensure that your body receives the nutrients it needs and the delicious flavors you love.

Looking to incorporate balanced recipes into your meal routine? Check out these 16 tasty and American Heart Association-approved meals!

Beef Chili

The simple preparation of this chili is perfect for busy nights. To save even more time in the evening, put all the ingredients (including cooked beef) in a slow cooker to simmer for the day or afternoon.


Beef Brisket with Savory Carrots & Dried Plums

Try this flavorful twist on a Texas favorite, combined with delicious, savory carrots.


Ground Beef & Pasta Skillet Primavera

A one-pan meal that satisfies the taste-buds and leaves you with minimal dishes to clean up. Now that’s a win-win.


Classic Beef Tenderloin Roast with Cranberry Drizzle

If you’re looking for a special occasion meal, or just looking to make an ordinary day special, this is the perfect recipe.


Beef Confetti Taco Salad

This confetti salad makes for a party in your mouth, not to mention the high-quality protein, fiber, and vitamins it provides.


Citrus-Marinated Beef Top Sirloin & Fruit Kabobs

These grilled kabobs are a great combination of sweet and savory, with a hint of smoky flavor.


Beefy Sweet & Sloppy Joes

Take your sloppy joes to a new level. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this easy meal.


Beef Steak & Black Bean Soft Tacos

You’ll want to have these tasty tacos on more than just Tuesdays! 


Top Sirloin Steak, Green Bean and Tomato Salad

Looking for a light but satisfying meal? Beef and veggies make great partners on the plate for this dish.


Athenian Meatloaf with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

A new twist on an all-time favorite, this meatloaf draws on Greek flavors and just might put your traditional meatloaf recipe to the test.


Beef Pot Roast with Cider Gravy and Maple Sweet Potatoes

A meal is as savory and flavorful as it sounds. Pair it with any vegetable you enjoy for a balanced meal.


Indian Beef Flank Steak & Rice

An Indian-inspired marinade perfectly tenderizes and flavors this Flank Steak. Put the steak with marinade mixture in the fridge in the morning and you’ll be ready to grill after work!


Roasted Sun-Dried Tomato Beef Tri-Tip with Peppers and Sweet Potatoes

Have you ever tried a tri-tip roast? This combination is sure to please. Add your family’s favorite veggies with the peppers for even more color on your plate.


Tangy Lime Grilled Beef Top Round Steak

With just 6 simple ingredients, this recipe will help you take an affordable cut of beef to the next level.


Creole Steak with Jambalaya Rice

This quick recipe is a simple way to diversify your meal routine with globally-inspired flavors.


Beefy Sweet Potato Mash-Up

Beef for breakfast, lunch or dinner – this mash-up will give any meal a boost of high-quality protein.


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  3. Roussell MA et al. Effects of a DASH-like diet containing lean beef on vascular health. J Hum Hypertens 2014;28:600-605.
  4. O’Connor LE, et al. A Mediterranean-style eating pattern with lean, unprocessed red meat has cardiometabolic benefits for adults who are overweight or obese in a randomized, crossover, controlled feeding trial. Am J Clin Nutr 2018;108:33-40.