making the most of your roast

Meal Prep for an Entire Week  With One Delicious Roast Recipe

Recipes Included: Roast, Tacos, Enchiladas, Breakfast Menu, Cheese Pockets, Hot Beef Sundae, BBQ Beef


quick tips for roast success

Choose the right roast

When it comes to slow cooking a roast, most people grab for the trusty Chuck Roast, because it’s incredibly flavorful and creates a tender roast without much work.  But what if you can’t find a chuck roast at the grocery store? There are still plenty of options that are just as delicious. Visit our friends at Beef. It's What's for Dinner and get their GUIDE to the best cuts for slow cooking.

wHat size roast?

The prep time for a roast is the same regardless of the size, so go big! We like to aim for a roast in the range of 3-5 pounds, provided it fits in the slow cooker or electronic pressure cooker. This will give you enough to shredded beef to portion out through the entire week or freeze for the weeks to come.  

season, season, season

Season all sides with kosher salt and pepper. You’re dealing with several pounds of future melt-in-your-mouth beef here, so don’t skimp on the seasoning. Remember, you’re only seasoning the outside of it so you need enough to go around.

brown it for better flavor

Sure, you can throw that seasoned chunk of meaty goodness right in the slow cooker and it’ll be fine. But if you want to elevate it from good to knock-your-socks-off great, add a simple step and brown it in a skillet or your electric pressure cooker.  Browning on all sides helps bring out even more flavor. 

7 time-saving shredded beef recipes

1. Taco Night

Who doesn't love taco night, right? Pull out some of that pre-made shredded beef and nestle it into a warm tortilla and pile on the toppings. 

Time: 10 minutes


  • Shredded Beef 
  • Taco Shells 
  • Beans
  • Cheese
  • Salsa

If you have a can of Chipotle salsa, try THIS RECIPE

shredded beef taco from a roast

2. BBQ Beef sandwiches

Grab your favorite Kansas City-style BBQ sauce, and add it to a saucepan with your shredded beef. Warm and serve with your favorite rolls or bread. If you don't have bread or want to cut the carbs, serve it with your favorite vegetables, like roasted sweet potato fries. 

Time: 10 minutes


  • Shredded Beef
  • Bread / Sandwich Buns
  • BBQ Sauce 
  • Veggies

bbq beef sandwich shredded beef roast meal prep

3. enchiladas

Who doesn't love a great enchilada? Roll your tortillas up with the extra shredded beef, enchilada sauce and cheese. Pour additional enchilada sauce over the top and coat with more cheese. Cover and place in a heated oven at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and beef is heated through. 

Time: About 25 minutes


  • Shredded Beef
  • Tortillas
  • Enchilada Sauce
  • Cheese

Toppings or Fillings: Black beans, sour cream, cilantro

Feeling Adventurous? Try this RECIPE

tapatio beef enchilada

4 .cheddar pockets

Take some of the leftover roast and combine it with some onions and cheese. Stuff that into some prepared dough. A few minutes later you have a great dipping meal.

Time: 30 minutes


  • Shredded Beef
  • Dough
  • Onion
  • Cheese

Get the Instructions

roast beef cheddar pockets

5.breakfast quesadillas

Leftover roast for breakfast. Never thought of that, right? This recipe is great for breakfast or on those occasions when you’re craving breakfast at dinner...brinner, right?


  • Shredded Beef
  • Tortilla
  • Egg
  • Cheese
  • Canned green chiles 

Extras: Sour cream, salsa or guacamole

Get the Recipe

Shredded Beef & Egg Quesadillas

6. family pizza activity

Whether it's a casual dinner or a lunchtime activity, we love making pizza as a family because it allows for some great bonding time and it gets the kids involved in their meals. While most people associate pepperoni, sausage, or, dare we say pineapple, to be a standard pizza topping, shredded beef is also an incredible option.

Time: Varies 


  • Shredded beef.  
  • pizza Sauce (or pasta sauce) 
  • 4 round, thin sandwich breads, any variety, split (We also love bagels, french bread or pizza dough.) 
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or more) 
  • Any other favorite pizza topping

beef pizza

7. hot beef sundae

Fill a Mason jar with layers of mashed potatoes, shredded beef and gravy. 

Time: 20 minutes


  • Shredded Beef
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Gravy

Topping Suggestions: Cheese, Sour Cream, Grape or Cherry Tomatoes

hot beef sundae with shredded beef left over