Low-Calorie Beef Recipes

Find healthy, delicious low-calorie beef recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

American Goulash

Rating: 4.5 stars 28
American goulash, also known as old-fashioned goulash, is the perfect economical family meal. The pasta cooks right in the sauce, so this satisfying dish can cook in just one pot.
By Carolyn Casner

Slow-Cooker Balsamic Short Ribs

Rating: 5 stars 13
Now here's a healthy beef short ribs recipe you can serve to company—even on a holiday.
By Carolyn Malcoun

Slow-Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
This slow-cooker beef stroganoff recipe brings together tender beef and fresh mushrooms served over hot noodles with a creamy sauce.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Casserole

Rating: 3 stars 4
This veggie-packed beef enchilada casserole is mild, so put out hot sauce and chopped jalapeños if you're feeding heat-seekers. The quick and easy dinner recipe makes extra cheese sauce—save it to make One-Pot Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower & Brussels Sprouts later in the week (see Associated Recipes) or serve it with steamed vegetables, such as broccoli, for an easy side dish.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Rating: 5 stars 7
Mounding a classic Philly cheesesteak mixture in a colorful bell pepper and melting cheese on top is an easy way to skip the bread and cut the carbs.
By Carolyn Casner

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Rating: 4 stars 9
Strands of tender squash replace pasta for a more flavorful version of spaghetti pie casserole. Not to mention, spaghetti squash is a low-carb alternative to pasta and saves more than 150 calories per serving compared to a traditional recipe. A sprinkling of nutty fontina cheese melts into a gooey topping.
By Devon O'Brien

Baked Beans with Ground Beef

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Upgrade baked beans from classic side dish to a meaty main meal by adding lean ground beef. The final result, a hearty casserole, is an easy and fast dinner option.
By Carolyn Casner

Beef Stir-Fry with Baby Bok Choy & Ginger

Rating: 5 stars 4
All the ingredients for this easy beef stir-fry recipe are cooked in one wok (or skillet), so not only is the meal-prep fast for this healthy dinner, cleanup is quick too. Look for Lee Kum Kee Premium oyster-flavored sauce in the Asian-foods aisle of your grocery store. It has the most concentrated oyster flavor. 
Grace Young
By Grace Young

Beef & Bean Sloppy Joes

Rating: 5 stars 8
This healthy copycat recipe of the comfort food classic trades beans for some of the meat to bump up fiber by 7 grams. We also cut back on the sugar and ketchup in this Sloppy Joe recipe makeover to save you 12 grams of added sugar.
By Liz Mervosh

Slow-Cooker Braised Beef with Carrots & Turnips

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
The spice blend in this healthy beef stew recipe—cinnamon, allspice and cloves—may conjure images of apple pie, but the combo is a great fit in savory applications too. Serve over creamy polenta or buttered whole-wheat egg noodles.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Skillet Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Rating: 3 stars 6
This steak, broccolini and pea dinner is a one-skillet meal that will be on your table in just 25 minutes! The pan drippings combine with mushrooms, broth and grainy mustard to make a thick and delicious sauce.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Skillet Ravioli Lasagna

Rating: 4 stars 12
This easy inside-out ravioli lasagna is the ultimate weeknight comfort food—no layering or mixing bowls required. Feel free to swap in ground turkey for the beef. Look for fresh mozzarella balls (also called "pearls") in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store.
By Carolyn A Hodges, RD
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Inspiration and Ideas

14 Ground Beef Dinners That Can Help You Lose Weight
Transform that package of ground beef in your fridge into a delicious meal.
30 Beef Dinners with 500 Calories or Less
Make dinner tonight with one of these beef recipes. Each recipe contains 500 calories or less per serving while having plenty of protein, thanks to the beef. Whether you're using ground beef, skirt steak or beef brisket, these dinners will leave you feeling full. Recipes like Grilled Flank Steak & Corn with Green Goddess Butter and Scallion-Ginger Beef & Broccoli are delicious, satiating and a perfect addition to your weekly meal rotation.
Cauliflower Rice-Stuffed Peppers
Rating: 5 stars 11

Slash the calories and carbs of traditional stuffed peppers by swapping white rice for cauliflower "rice." The riced cauliflower is hearty and won't turn to mush during baking. Use an assortment of red, yellow, orange and green peppers to make an appealing presentation.