17 Best Leftover Brisket Recipes [Tacos, Arepas, Chili & More!]

Brisket doesn’t always need to be enjoyed fresh off the smoker. From empanadas to BBQ sandwiches, these mouth-watering leftover brisket recipe ideas will have you rustling something up in double time.

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Brisket is a big cut of meat, so it’s inevitable that from time to time you’ll end up with a mountain of leftover beef to work through.

But instead of scraping away at it with a fork, there are a ton of leftover brisket recipes to help you make use of that remaining meat before it goes to waste.

And I’m not just talking brisket sandwiches. We have delicious ideas including tacos, soup, and even breakfast hash.

Yep, that’s right. Brisket for breakfast.

Let’s get into it!

Leftover Brisket Hash and Eggs

Leftover Brisket Hash and Eggs
Photo: inconsistentkitchen.com

Where better to start this list than with the best way to start the day?

This dish fits in some of what makes a full English breakfast so great, and gives it a twist.

Plus, the best thing about this hash and egg dish is that it’s just as good for lunch or dinner.

Served with cooked onions and diced potatoes, it’s rich in flavor while still giving center stage to the star of the show: Our beef brisket.

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    Brisket Tacos

    Brisket Tacos

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    How can we make one of the world’s best foods into one of the best smoked brisket recipes? By adding brisket of course.

    It can be easy to go overboard with taco fillings, but what I love about this recipe is that it’s stripped back enough to make the best of the leftover beef.

    Just some diced onion, tomatoes, and salsa. Simplicity is king.

    Arepas

    Brisket Arepas

    Arepas are criminally underrated, but are the ultimate comfort food.

    My personal experience with the South American food has often been with chicken, but swapping in brisket has been a total success for me.

    This recipe can be a little daunting because you’ll need to make the dough yourself, but it’s more straightforward than you might think. Give it a go!

    Slow Cooker Chili

    Brisket Chili

    No list of leftover beef recipes would be complete without some sort of chili. We’ve made it with tri-tip before, so it’s no surprise to see the same done here.

    This dish makes great use of large chunks of brisket by slowly reheating them among ingredient favorites like black beans, peppers, and onions.

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    BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

    BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

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    When all else fails, there’s brisket sandwiches.

    Packed with reheated brisket to form a juicy, melt-in-your-mouth filling, this sandwich gets the best out of our favorite barbecue meat.

    The beef sits on toasted buns, and can be drowned in your choice of barbecue sauce, coleslaw, or cheese. Or all three.

    Trust me, one won’t be enough.

    Grilled Beef & Cheese Sandwich

    Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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    Another sandwich, but with one big difference: It’s all about the cheese.

    These grilled cheese sandwiches merge juicy beef brisket with smoked cheddar and a delightful brioche bun.

    If you don’t have a good grilled cheese sandwich in your repertoire (and if not, why not?!) then let this be your first.

    BBQ Pizza

    BBQ Brisket Pizza

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    The ultimate beef lover’s treat. I love making my own pizza at home with our backyard oven, and using a reheated brisket has been a revelation.

    Topped with jalapeños, ranch dressing, and cheese, it might just be the last pizza topping recipe you’ll ever need.

    Spicy Beef Quesadillas

    Spicy Brisket Quesadillas

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    If you’re looking for a cheese fix, fusing brisket with the good stuff for quesadillas is a surefire way to make the ultimate party food.

    They’re meaty, they’re juicy, and they’re easy. Just like any good leftovers recipe should be.

    Brisket Soup

    Brisket Soup

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    A hearty beef soup is a great option for the cold and dark months, and makes for an easy way to make quick use of any leftover meat you have knocking around.

    This brisket soup recipe is served with cheese dumplings and sautéed red onions, and drowned in red wine and beef stock. The perfect winter comfort food.

    Slow-Cooked Beef Ragu

    Brisket Ragu

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    This recipe is proof that brisket is far more versatile than a lot of people give it credit for.

    The beef is cooked in tomato, onions, and white wine, allowing it to soak up every inch of flavor available. It’s a thing of beauty.

    The best thing is that, with the brisket cooked and ready to go, you’ve already done most of the heavy lifting.

    A perfect solution for people as lazy as me.

    Brisket Enchiladas

    Brisket Enchiladas

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    Alright, I admit it. I love cheese.

    But when it’s served over beef brisket and chili sauce to give a Mexican-inspired heap of comfort food, can you blame me?

    Shepherd’s Pie

    Shepherd’s Pie
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    For something completely different, try this twist on the English favorite! Often made with ground lamb, this take on the classic works in brisket for something unique that stands up to traditional recipes.

    This recipe combines leftover brisket with onions and carrots, and takes things even further by working in a jalapeño cheddar cheese mash for a little touch of heat.

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    Casserole

    Casserole
    Photo: lucymadeleine.com

    Slow cooking brisket with beef stock, carrots, and onions, this is the perfect meal for the colder months. Simple and cooked low and slow, this is how hearty beef dishes are done best.

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    Stroganoff

    Stroganoff
    Photo: apleasantlittlekitchen.com

    This recipe is proof (if proof need be) that leftover meat can be used in far more interesting ways than throwing it into a sandwich. This beef stroganoff combines oak-smoked brisket with sautéed onions, tomato paste, chianti, and – of course – pasta.

    This North American twist on the classic Russian dish is the perfect year-round crowd pleaser.

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    Cottage Pie

    Cottage Pie
    Photo: homeandplate.com

    If there’s anything that catches my eye, it’s a seemingly complicated recipe that can be turned around in 30 minutes or less. Ali’s take on cottage pie is just this, while keeping faithful to all the components often found in a traditional English cottage pie.

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    Spicy Brisket Baked Beans

    Spicy Brisket Baked Beans
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    Baked beans have been a classic barbecue side dish for decades, but his recipe gives them a long overdue upgrade with an infusion of beef brisket.

    Rich in a smokey, sweet and meaty flavor, you’ll never go back after this. The addition of meat and onions means that this recipe takes a little longer to cook, but it’s well worth the wait.

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    Southwest Stuffed Poblano Peppers

    Southwest Stuffed Poblano Peppers
    Photo: lecremedelacrumb.com

    I’m a heat lover, and poblano peppers fit the bill perfectly for stuffed peppers. Not only that, but their mild heat pairs beautifully with the deep and smokey flavors from leftover brisket.

    Cooked in just 30 minutes, these stuffed poblano peppers are topped with beef, black beans, rice and your choice of cheese.

    This recipe calls for either ground beef or chorizo, but can be made just as easily with leftover brisket.

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