16 Best Spanish Beef Recipes

If you are looking for Spanish beef recipes, you are in the right place.

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We have included popular dishes like meatballs and oxtail stew and other beef recipes that are also worth trying.

Whether you want a quick and simple dish to put together in minutes or a sharing dish for a special occasion, you will find them here. We can assure you that you won’t be disappointed by the flavors!

Here are our favorite 16 Spanish recipes with beef as the star ingredient.

Spanish Beef Recipes

1. Carne de ternera en salsa – Beef with vegetable sauce

Carne de ternera en salsa
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One of the most classic Spanish beef recipes is carne de ternera en salsa. It is a delicious dish with lots of flavor.

It is made with diced beef, peppers, carrots, leeks, onions, garlic, tomato sauce, red wine, and olive oil.

This beef dish is usually accompanied by a side of chips, roasted potatoes, or rice. Also, you will want some bread to dip in the rich and smooth sauce.

2. Estofado de ternera con patatas – Beef and potato stew

Estofado de ternera con patatas
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Winter days are a synonym for comfort food, and that is what this beef recipe is about. It is simple but flavourful.

The main ingredients for this dish are diced beef, plum tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, peas (optional), red wine, beef or chicken stock, and cornflour.

The tenderness of the meat and the combination of vegetables and wine are perfect.

This dish doesn’t need any sides as it is pretty hearty, but you can enjoy it with a few slices of bread.

3. Callos a la madrileña – Tripe stew (Madrid)

Callos a la madrileña
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Callos a la madrileña is a traditional Spanish dish originating in Spain’s capital, Madrid. It is very popular during winter, and you will likely find it everywhere across the city. However, it is one of those dishes you either love or hate!

This stew is made with different beef cuts, including legs, cheeks, and tripes, onions, white wine vinegar, garlic, cloves, and bay.

It is a dish that will fill you up for hours.

4. Cocido madrileño – Chickpea, meat and potato stew (Madrid)

Another typical dish of Madrid that contains beef is cocido madrileño. This recipe is among the best Spanish stews. Every household prepares this stew when the cold days are around the corner.

This stew is made with chickpeas, vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and cabbage, beef, chicken, black pudding, and chorizo, among other ingredients.

It is a very hearty dish, and Spaniards usually have the soup with vegetables first and then the meat with pork fat and bread.

5. Rosca madrileña – Madrid-style meatloaf (Madrid)

Rosca madrileña is a type of meatloaf that originated in Madrid. Unfortunately, it is one of those dishes slowly disappearing, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious. You will be surprised by its flavor.

Ground beef, Serrano ham, bacon, eggs, breadcrumbs, and onions are some of the key ingredients to make this meaty recipe.

The meatloaf is often served with roasted potatoes, roasted red peppers, and olives.

6. Pepito de ternera – Beef steak sandwich (Madrid)

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If you are looking for an easy and quick Spanish beef recipe, you will want to try pepito de ternera.

It consists of a sandwich made with steak, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. The bread used for this sandwich is a baguette style bread.

It is crunchy, flavourful, and very filling, too! It will become your next favorite sandwich recipe.

7. Solomillo de ternera gallega con salsa de pimienta – Galician sirloin with peppercorn sauce (Galicia)

Solomillo de ternera con salsa de pimienta is a popular dish for special occasions like Christmas. It is straightforward to prepare, and its peppery flavors will amaze you.

One of the most important things about making this dish is using high-quality ingredients, especially when it comes to the sirloin steak. That is half of the job. You will need cream, butter, garlic, and black pepper for the sauce.

This dish goes perfectly with some chips or white rice on the side.

8. Rabo de toro – Oxtail stew (Cordoba)

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Oxtail is one of the delicacies in Southern Spain, especially in the province of Cordoba. It is a fantastic meat to cook because of its high quantities of collagen. It is generally used in stews because it takes time to get tender.

If you would love to make oxtail stew, you will need oxtail, carrots, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, wine, saffron, cloves and salt.

The key to making this stew is patience, as cooking takes long. However, it isn’t difficult to put together.

Enjoy this hearty dish with homemade chips or bread slices to dip in the creamy sauce.

9. Ternera a la jardinera – Beef with vegetables

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If you are looking for an easy beef recipe you can make any time of the week, ternera a la jardinera is a good option.

Diced beef, carrots, peas, onions, tomato sauce, vegetable stock, garlic, white wine, olive oil, salt, and pepper are the only ingredients needed for this delicious Spanish beef recipe.

You can also add rice or potatoes to make it more filling, although it is a very complete dish.

10. Calabacines rellenos – Stuffed courgettes

Calabacines rellenos
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Healthy, nutritious and flavourful are the three words to describe this Spanish beef recipe.

Courgettes are stuffed with a filling made with ground beef, tomatoes, carrots, red peppers, onions, garlic and wine. Then, they are topped with bechamel sauce and cheese.

It is a simple recipe packed with vegetables and perfect for any day of the week!

11. Redondo de ternera – Veal round

Redondo de ternera
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If you love roast meat recipes, you will love Redondo de ternera. This beef recipe is usually prepared for special occasions, including Christmas. The good thing is that it is very straightforward compared to other typical festive recipes.

You will need veal round, onions, garlic, thyme, bay, white wine, salt and pepper.

The best way to serve this beef dish is with a homemade sauce like peppercorn sauce or a creamy sauce and a side of roasted vegetables.

12. Croquetas de puchero – Beef and chicken croquettes

Croquetas de puchero
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Who doesn’t love croquettes? These small bites are crispy on the outside but soft and creamy on the inside. The most common croquettes are made with ham, but there are many variations, including this recipe.

To make these beef and chicken croquettes, you should have cooked puchero andaluz or cocido madrileño before, as you will be using the leftovers of the meat included in these stews.

However, the cooking method is the same as any other croqueta recipe.

13. Croquetas de rabo de toro – Oxtail croquettes

Croquetas de rabo de toro
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As with the previous croquette recipe, you should have made oxtail stew if you want to make oxtail croquettes.

The leftovers from your oxtail stew go into the filling for these croquettes. Once coated in breadcrumbs, you will fry them and have these delicious small bites ready.

They are the perfect starter to share before a main course.

14. Albóndigas en salsa – Meatballs

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Meatballs is a traditional tapa in Spanish bars, but it can also be a delicious mid-week lunch meal. They are juicy and tender, and everyone loves them.

They are made with ground beef (although you can also make them with ground pork), eggs, bread, milk, garlic, salt and pepper.

You can use a tomato-based sauce or make it with the traditional Spanish sauce that contains carrots, onions, chicken broth, white wine, flour, and olive oil.

Enjoy these delicious meatballs with chips or white rice and a few slices of bread.

15. Carrilleras de ternera – Beef cheeks

Carrilleras de ternera
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Carrilleras de ternera is a favorite beef recipe among meat lovers. It is rich in flavor, and the combination of meat and wine is just perfect.

If you want to give this recipe a go, you will need beef cheeks, mushrooms, carrots, onions, leeks, Sherry wine, red wine, salt and pepper.

Have this beef dish with a side of roasted or fried potatoes.

16. Empanada de carne – Beef pastry

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If you don’t like fish, you might want a beef empanada than the traditional Galician tuna empanada.

So, what do you need? Ground beef (which can also be mixed with ground pork), green peppers, onions, tomato sauce, an egg, olive oil, and salt.

The recipe is straightforward and won’t take much of your time, so it is a fantastic dish to share in big celebrations like birthday parties.

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Cristina Reina is a freelance writer and translator, and owner of My Little World of Travelling, a travel blog that shares local tips for beautiful locations and hidden gems in Spain, her home country, and the rest of Europe, so travellers can have better and more meaningful experiences abroad. Apart from her passion for travel, she also loves cooking and trying new foods in her free time.