9 Incredibly Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Brisket (Because We All Know It's Better on Day Two)

Because you can never have too much leftover brisket.

No matter how many guests you have, if you cook a brisket, you're destined to have more leftovers than you bargained for. And that's a good thing! While you could generously give away your extra slow-cooked meat, hoarding it for a few days' worth of cooking projects is not the worst idea. Brisket is a food that's better left over, anyway.

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Start by making our favorite red wine-braised brisket recipe—or by buying one from the best via Goldbelly—then revive your leftovers with these delicious ideas to keep flavor fatigue away. Bonus: Most of these simple leftover hacks are freezer friendly!

01 of 09

Quick Brisket Bolognese

Fast Bolognese
Victor Protasio

Pasta night comes together quickly when the meat is already cooked and tender. Sauté a soffritto (diced celery, carrots, and onions) in olive oil in a large saucepan, then stir in a tablespoon of tomato paste when fragrant. Deglaze the pot with a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes. Stir in the desired amount of leftover brisket, and simmer until hot. That's it! Serve with pasta. (And maybe some extra bread for dipping.)

02 of 09

Brisket Sandwich

Pressure-Cooker Beef Brisket Sandwich
Christopher Testani

Hefty sandwiches are an obvious next day go-to for meat, and brisket is no exception. The key to a successful beef brisket sandwich is sturdy bread that will soak up the juices, and a few complementary ingredients, like cabbage, to diversify each bite. If you're feeling fancy, grab a baguette for a brisket French dip. Try a grilled cheese with a little bonus brisket—plus fresh apple slices pressed in the center.

03 of 09

Tacos, Nachos, Quesadillas...

Steak and Green Chile Nachos
Greg DuPree

Slow-cooked meat is the perfect filling for a variety of Mexican dishes. Grab fresh tortillas and try your hand at brisket quesadillas, brisket taquitos, brisket burritos, brisket-topped nachos, and more. Just use your favorite recipe for a beef or pork version, sub in the brisket, and you have a new, easy-to-make fusion dish.

04 of 09

Brisket Omelette or Scramble

Crispy Potato Omelet With Smoky Aioli
If you’ve ever had patatas bravas, you know how addictive they can be. So why only enjoy them as an occasional side dish or appetizer? We stuffed them into an omelet as an excuse to enjoy them for dinner. It’s topped with a homemade smoky aioli, of course. Get the recipe:Crispy Potato Omelet With Smoky Aioli. Greg DuPree

Add a little extra protein to your morning eggs and scramble them with shredded brisket, or fold brisket into an omelet. Garnish with fresh herbs and shredded cheese.

05 of 09

Brisket Potstickers or Egg Rolls

Unicorn Summer Rolls
Grace Elkus

Almost anything can be delicious potsticker or egg roll filling with a few tweaks. Finely chop leftover brisket with at least two other minced steamed (or leftover) vegetables to lighten up the filling mixture, like cabbage and sweet potato, or spinach and squash. Add fresh ginger and fill pre-bought wonton wrappers or egg roll wrappers with your filling. Fry on the stovetop or in an air fryer.

06 of 09


Quick Dinner Ideas: Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn
Hector M. Sanchez

Hack your way to a quick weeknight chili with pre-made brisket. Dice or pull the meat, simmer in a can of diced tomatoes, add beans, and the seasonings of your choice (cumin, paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper all work well) for a chili that's ready in 30 minutes. Toss in corn, additional veggies, lentils, or chickpeas to add more texture to the chili. Voila: You've stretched your leftovers and created a new satisfying, shareable (and freezable) meal.

07 of 09

Brisket Fried Rice

Veggie Fried Rice With Frizzled Eggs Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

You don't need a recipe to whip up an excellent fried rice—just pre-cook your rice, use a nice selection of aromatics, and throw in your pre-cooked meat, an egg, and some fresh vegetables for an excellent side dish or entree you can put together in minutes.

08 of 09

Stuffed Pastas

Creamy Ravioli With Squash, Lemon, and Chives
Con Poulos

An ambitious homemade agnolotti, tortellini, or ravioli project can take over a day's work if you're starting from scratch, but having leftover, tender meat to create a filling with helps speed up the arduous (yet delicious) process. Mince your leftover meat and mix with an equal portion of pureed squash, ricotta cheese, or both, and scoop your filling into rolled-out pasta sheets to fold as you wish. Those looking for shortcuts can also use the meat filling for pre-made jumbo shells or manicotti noodles.

09 of 09

Shepherd's Pie

Easy Shepherd's Pie
Marcus Nilsson

Shepherd's pie is already an easy and satisfying weeknight dinner, but dress it up a little by swapping out ground beef for succulent brisket. This is meat and potatoes like you've never had before.

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