5-Ingredient Meat Recipes

These beef, pork, and lamb entrees are about as easy as you'll find anywhere. And they're delicious too.

Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Onion-Fig Relish

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Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Onion-Fig Relish

Caramelized onion and figs bring out the natural sweetness in pork here. Try the relish with chicken or beef as well.

Pantry Checklist:
 

  • Pork tenderloin (1 lb)
  • Dried Mission figs
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Onion
Prep: 4 minutes
 Cook: 10 minutes
 Other: 5 minutes

View Recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Onion-Fig Relish

Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Red Wine-Mushroom Sauce

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Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Red Wine-Mushroom Sauce

Mushrooms add a savory flavor that makes beef taste even meatier, while red wine brings acidity for balance. Splurge on great steaks in this simple recipe; with so few ingredients, the meat shines through.

Pantry Checklist:
 

  • Beef tenderloin steaks (4-4oz)
  • Baby portobello mushrooms
  • Red wine
  • Butter
  • Fresh rosemary
Prep: 1 minute
 Cook: 10 minutes

View Recipe: Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Red Wine-Mushroom Sauce

Sweet-Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops

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Sweet-Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops

There's no reason lamb shouldn't be a regular part of your menu planning with a dish as simple and delicious as this. It matches well with any sort of prepared grain: barley, couscous, quinoa, or even grits.

Pantry Checklist:

  • Lamb loin chops (8-4 oz)
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground allspice
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground red pepper
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes

View Recipe: Sweet-Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops

Slow-Cooker Beef Pot Roast

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Slow-Cooker Beef Pot Roast

Nothing beats pot roast for a satisfying dinner on a cold day, and the slow cooker makes this recipe practically effortless. Leftovers for sandwiches are a must, so don't worry if this seems like a lot of meat.

Pantry Checklist:
 

  • Boneless shoulder pot roast (2-lbs)
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell pepper
  • Ketchup
  • Worcestershire sauce
Prep: 4 minutes
 Cook: 7 hours and 7 minutes

View Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Pot Roast

Stuffed Cuban Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Stuffed Cuban Pork Tenderloin

While the pork is cooking, add fresh vegetables to the grill for a complete meal.

Pantry Checklist: 

  • Bread-and-Butter Pickles
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Cilantro
  • Swiss Cheese
View Recipe: Stuffed Cuban Pork Tenderloin

Pork Medallions with Spicy Pomegranate-Blueberry Reduction

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Pork Medallions with Spicy Pomegranate-Blueberry Reduction

Slicing pork tenderloin lets it cook through in six minutes and makes this dish superfast; the sweet-spicy sauce of fruit juice and chipotle chiles makes it unique.

Pantry Checklist:
 

  • Pork tenderloin (1 lb)
  • Garlic powder
  • Frozen pomegranate-blueberry juice concentrate
  • Chipotle chiles, canned in adobo sauce
Prep: 2 minutes
 Cook: 11 minutes

View Recipe: Pork Medallions with Spicy Pomegranate-Blueberry Reduction

Individual Salsa Meat Loaves

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Individual Salsa Meat Loaves

Making individual servings of these spicy meat loaves means they cook faster, you don't need a loaf pan, and there's no fighting over who gets the thickest slice. Try a loaf between slices of pumpernickel bread for a great sandwich.

Pantry Checklist:
 

  • Ground beef, extra lean (1 lb)
  • Large white eggs
  • Quick-cooking oats
  • Chipotle salsa
  • Ketchup
Prep: 10 minutes
 Cook: 30 minutes

View Recipe: Individual Salsa Meat Loaves

Spiced Pork Chops with Butternut Squash

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Spiced Pork Chops with Butternut Squash

Pumpkin pie spice adds a nice warmth to this dish, while butternut squash adds sweetness and plenty of fiber. If you like, substitute sweet potato for the squash.

Pantry Checklist:
 

  • Center-cut pork loin chops (4 4-oz)
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Butternut squash
  • Onion
  • Fresh mint
Prep: 4 minutes
 Cook: 21 minutes

View Recipe: Spiced Pork Chops with Butternut Squash

Mustard-Molasses Flank Steak

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Mustard-Molasses Flank Steak

Reducing the marinade to a glaze while the steak cooks is an easy trick to create a sauce. Try it with any marinated meat recipe.

Pantry Checklist:
 

  • Flank steak (1 lb)
  • Less-sodium beef broth
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Molasses
  • Dijon mustard
Prep: 4 minutes
 Cook: 10 minutes
 Other: 30 minutes

View Recipe: Mustard-Molasses Flank Steak

Spiced Pork Tenderloin

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Spiced Pork Tenderloin

Tender and juicy pork tenderloin is always a favorite, and this marinade gives it a sweet-spice flavor that can't be beat.

Pantry Checklist:
 

  • Pork tenderloin (1 lb)
  • Sugar
  • Bourbon
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Ground cinnamon
Prep: 2 minutes
 Cook: 20 minutes
 Other: 13 minutes

View Recipe: Spiced Pork Tenderloin

Broiled Lamb Chops with Lemon-Arugula Pesto

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Broiled Lamb Chops with Lemon-Arugula Pesto

This bright and peppery pesto is a welcome twist on the traditional that matches the quick-and-easy lamb chops well. Pair with a roasted root vegetable, like potato, sweet potato, or the carrots shown.

Pantry Checklist:
 

  • Lamb loin chips (8-4-oz)
  • Lemon
  • Pine nuts, toasted
  • Garlic cloves
  • Baby arugula leaves
Prep: 3 minutes
 Cook: 10 minutes

View Recipe: Broiled Lamb Chops with Lemon-Arugula Pesto

Beer-Braised Beef

Beer-Braised Beef

Eight hours sounds like a long time, but this dish cooks in the slow cooker: Take about 10 minutes to set everything up in the morning and you'll come home to a wonderfully tender and hot meal.

Pantry Checklist:
 

  • Boneless top round steak (1 lb)
  • Onion
  • Diced tomatoes (14.5-oz)
  • Light beer
  • Molasses
Prep: 4 minutes
 Cook: 8 hours and 7 minutes

View Recipe: Beer-Braised Beef

Smothered Pepper Steak

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Smothered Pepper Steak

This classic American-Chinese dish is just incredibly easy. A dip in flour is the secret to nicely browned and crisp beef, and if you have fresh veggies on hand, you can use whatever you like in place of the frozen stir-fry mix.

Pantry Checklist:
 

  • Ground sirloin patties (4 – 4-oz)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Frozen bell pepper stir-fry (16-oz)
  • Diced tomatoes (14.5-oz)
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
Prep: 4 minutes
 Cook: 25 minutes

View Recipe: Smothered Pepper Steak

Sherried Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

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Sherried Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

A thick and glossy sauce makes any dish feel elegant, but this one takes all of five minutes to make. The Red Cabbage and Carrot Slaw shown is a great side, or try a carrot salad.

Pantry Checklist:
 

  • Pork tenderloin (1 lb)
  • Pineapple juice
  • Sugar
  • Dried sherry
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
Prep: 1 minute
 Cook: 29 minutes
 Other: 3 minutes

View Recipe: Sherried Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

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