Five Genius Ways to Use Beef Jerky in Recipes

Five Genius Ways to Use Beef Jerky in Recipes

To all the jerky lovers, it may be time to take your beef jerky fascination up a notch. Aside from being a salty addictive snack, beef jerky is a source of healthy food too. It has a good amount of lean protein; way better for snacking than on a bag of chips. However, most people don’t know how to use beef jerky other than treating it as a snack.

If you are one of them, and only dared to use beef jerky as ramen topping, you need to be a little more adventurous. Here are some unique ways to use beef jerky in your recipes. Whether you like the run-of-the-mill gas station beef jerky or the artisans’ gourmet ones, you ought to try out these recipes!

1. Beef Jerky with Spinach Pasta

This simple dish is the perfect combination of protein, carbohydrates, and greens. It yields about 2 servings. If you want it to be extra flavorful, look for Beef Jerky Brands that have spicy, seasoned jerky.

What You Will Need

· 1/4 cup of smoked beef jerky, sliced into thin strips

· ½ lb. of fresh spinach

· 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomato

· 1 medium red onion, finely chopped

· 2-3 garlic cloves, minced

· ½ lb. of cooked spaghetti

· 1/4 teaspoon red pepper

· 1 tablespoon of Olive oil

· Kosher salt

· 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

· 2-3 tablespoon shredded parmesan

How to Prepare

· Heat oil in a pan and add onion, garlic, and pepper. Add the jerky when the onion turns soft and golden. Add seasoning and cook the jerky for 3-5 minutes until it becomes tender.

· Add the cooked pasta into the pan. Stir all together and cook for 2 to3 minutes.

· Turn off the heat. Add spinach and tomatoes to the pan.

· Top it with parmesan and parsley.

2. Beef Jerky with Beans

Tired of eating the same old black beans? Here’s a beans recipe with beef jerky to bring some smoky twist to the flavor. This recipe will yield about 3 servings.

What You Will Need

· 1 medium red onion, finely chopped

· 2-3 garlic cloves, minced

· ½ cup finely chopped bell pepper

· 1/3 cup smoked beef jerky, properly minced

· ½ cup chicken broth

· 1 teaspoon ground cumin

· 1 can of beans (5 ounces)

· Olive oil

How to Prepare

· Heat oil in a medium-sized pan. Add the onion, minced garlic, and bell pepper, and sauté for 3-5 minutes until all ingredients turn tender.

· Add the chicken stock to the pan. Add the rinsed and drained beans, beef jerky, and let the broth simmer.

· Cook for about an hour in medium heat. Keep the pan covered and stir occasionally.

· Uncover the pan when the beans and jerky have softened.

· Stir and let the liquid evaporate and reduce to half. Turn off the heat and serve hot.

3. Fried Rice with Beef Jerky

You might have already tried fried rice with sausage, but if you are yet to try fried rice with beef jerky, here’s the recipe for you. This will yield about 2 servings.

What You Will Need

· 1 ½ cup of cooked long-grained rice

· ½ cup thinly sliced mushroom

· 1/3 cup of sliced beef jerky

· 1/3 cup of sliced onion (white)

· ¼ cup of sliced scallions

· 1 tablespoon chicken broth

· 2 eggs, beaten

· Olive oil

· Kosher salt

How to Prepare

· Heat oil in a wok. Throw in the mushrooms and sauté for about 1-2 minutes until they turn soft.

· Add the beaten eggs to the wok and stir to break them apart.

· Add the rice when the eggs are cooked. Spread out the rice and continuously toss and stir. Make sure there is no lump in rice and the grains are separate.

· After the rice has separated, toss in the white onion, beef jerky, and scallions.

· Season with kosher salt, give it a good stir, and cook for two minutes.

· When the onion is softened, pour in the broth. Let the rice soak up the broth and when the broth evaporates turn off the heat.

· Serve with more chopped scallions as a topping.

4. Dip with Beef Jerky

This four-ingredient dip sure packs a punch when it comes to flavor. It will go well with chips, vegetables, or nachos. You can even use this dip as a spread on your tortillas.

What You Will Need

· ½ cup Sour cream

· 1 cup Cream cheese

· 2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

· ¼ cup minced beef jerky

· Black pepper

· 1 tablespoon Hot sauce

· 2-3 tablespoons of scallion

How to Prepare

· Chop the jerky into small pieces, make it as fine as possible- it needs to be in a minced-like consistency. Set aside the chopped jerky.

· Take some cream cheese and sour cream in a bowl and microwave them for about 20-30 seconds. The cream cheese needs to be warm enough to soften up the beef jerky.

· Add the beef jerky, mustard, and black pepper to the bowl. Stir the mixture well to combine everything. Add a few dollops of hot sauce if you want it to be spicier.

· Top it with some fresh scallion and serve.

5. Bloody Mary with Smoked Beef Jerky

For those who love wired garnishes in their cocktail, a bloody mary with beef jerky is a must-try. Bloody mary itself is a meal and cocktail wrapped up in one. So why not give it a protein boost by adding some smoky beef jerky?

What You Will Need

· Smoked beef jerky

· 1 tablespoon lemon juice

· ½ cup of tomato juice

· ¼ cup of vodka

· Celery stick

· 1 tablespoon pickle juice

· Beef jerky

How to Prepare

Add all the base ingredients for bloody mary in a jar and mix well. Add vodka and top it with celery sticks and a few strips of beef jerky. If you want to make it extra hot, you can add Worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, black pepper, or even chili flakes to the bloody mary base. Make sure to use a blender for mixing if you are adding those sauces.

The Bottom Line

Although seasoning recipes is fun when you are playing by the ear, you need to be extra cautious while cooking with seasoned jerky. Check the jerky packaging to find out what seasonings are used so that you don’t overuse any ingredients while cooking with the jerky. Another point to note is, most beef jerky recipes use a lot of sodium, so they are a little salty, to begin with. We suggest you keep this in mind when seasoning your dish with salt.