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Beef jerky is high in lean protein and flavor, and it can be used as a zesty ingredient in many dishes. For example, you can mince some jerky and add it to breakfast omelets on baked potatoes or salads. Jerky can also be added to stews and soups and can provide a tasty nutrition-rich diet. Read this article for few recipes with beef jerky to try at home.

Baked Potatoes: Instead of garnishing baked potatoes with bacon bits, add finely chopped beef jerky. Put the jerky directly on the freshly baked steamy potatoes and add cheese or sour cream and some green onions on the top. The steam from the baked potatoes will moisten the jerky and make it even more tender.

Roasted Jerky with Brussels Sprouts:  First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then add two cups of sliced Brussels sprouts to a rimmed baking sheet. Then drizzle salt, olive oil, and crushed pepper overtop. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast sprouts for 15-20 minutes. Add chopped jerky once the sprouts are semi-cooked. When sprouts are golden brown on each side, remove them from the oven, and enjoy the tasty treat.

Beans with Jerky: This is a large and cozy meal, could be customized with different vegetables, jalapeño, or toppings. For this recipe, heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat, then add three cups of chopped onion, one cup of chopped green peppers, five minced garlic cloves, and cook for five minutes. Next, add one and ½ cups chicken broth, two tablespoons of molasses, ½ cup seasoned beef jerky, two teaspoons of ground cumin, and three 15-ounce cans of pinto beans. For the next step, bring the ingredients to a boil while stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat, cover the Dutch oven, and simmer for one hour. After an hour, remove the Dutch oven lid and cook until the broth is reduced in half. Remove the Dutch oven from heat, serve it and enjoy the delicious meal with family or friends. 

Use Jerky to Thicken Tomato Sauce: Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add one diced yellow onion, three minced garlic cloves, and finely chopped beef jerky and stir. Next, add one can of diced tomatoes and bring everything to a low simmer. Lastly, add in 2 basil leaves; remove everything from the heat and cool it for a few minutes before blending in a food processor. After grinding the sauce in the food processor, return the sauce to skillet and add flavorful beef jerky seasoning.

Add As A Protein For Garden Soup: Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a skillet, then add ¼ cup chopped carrots, ¼ cup chopped celery, and a minced garlic clove, stir for few minutes. Next, add in 1 can of diced tomatoes and stir. After two to three minutes, add in ½ cup chopped beef jerky, 1 cup chicken broth, and add two freshly chopped basil leaves. Simmer on low heat for at least 20 minutes or until carrots in the soup have softened. Serve it into bowls; enjoy it with your family or friends.


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