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Southern Beef Hash is a great way to use leftover roast beef in a whole new way. Full of potatoes, onions, garlic, and roast beef, beef hash is a favorite.

Southern Beef Hash Recipe - Southern Beef Hash is a great way to use leftover roast beef in a whole new way. Full of potatoes, onions, garlic, and roast beef, beef hash is a favorite. //

Sam started school the end of last week, his sophomore year of high school to be exact. I’m not going to lie and say that I still don’t get a little misty eyed (okay, very misty eyed!) as he and Bart pull out of the driveway for the first day of school. You’d think after all this time I would be used to it by now, but I’m one of those super sappy people that gets sentimental about practically every little thing.

It dawned on me this year that I’ll only have two more years of taking those back-to-school photos on the front porch as he rushes me to hurry up and I’m saying, “just one more.”

I only have two more years of those back-to-school days to go pick up his school schedule with my fingers crossed that he got all the classes that he registered to take (with the teachers he hoped for, too!).

I only have two more years of picking up his shoes from beside the front door where he kicked them off as he came in from one activity or another.

I only have two more years of gathering up the bath towels scattered across the bathroom floor and counter as he’s rushed out the door in the morning.

I only have two more years of hugging him tight as he heads out the door and texting him a Bible verse for the day before the car has met the end of the driveway.

I’m going to embrace these next years and make the most of every second of them!

Southern Beef Hash Recipe - Southern Beef Hash is a great way to use leftover roast beef in a whole new way. Full of potatoes, onions, garlic, and roast beef, beef hash is a favorite. //

You may be wondering what in the world this back to school saga has to do with this beef hash recipe. Well, it is one that I remember my Grandmother Verdie and my Mama making many, many nights.

We always knew that after we had roast beef, more than likely, this delicious beef hash would happen soon! And honestly, I couldn’t wait for it.

We’d rush home from some activity or another after school and Mama would pull her skillet out of the cabinet and set it on the stovetop. To it she would add a little oil and then her potatoes. She’d cook them potatoes until they were crispy on the outside and oh so tender on the inside. Then, she’d add her onions and leftover roast beef that she’d shredded into chunks with two forks.

It was a favorite at our house and one that now that I have my own family, I love it even more than I did growing up. Who knew it was so easy!

As the potatoes, onions, and beef have cooked through, she would reheat the drippings from the roast beef in a small saucepan. She would cook the drippings until they reduced by about half and would then stir in a bit of cornstarch to thicken it into a gravy. Then, she’d pour the gravy into the beef hash, sprinkle it with a little bit of freshly ground black pepper and serve.

Here’s my family’s Beef Hash recipe. I think you’ll love it!

5 from 4 votes

Beef Hash Recipe

Dinner 25 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 4
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Southern Beef Hash is a great way to use leftover roast beef in a whole new way. Full of potatoes, onions, garlic, and roast beef, beef hash is a favorite.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large baking potato scrubbed and diced
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 – 3 cups cooked roast beef shredded
  • 1 cup drippings from roast beef
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add olive oil to medium skillet set over medium heat. Add diced potato and cook until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add in the onions and celery and cook until tender, about 3 more minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic and the shredded roast beef and cook until the beef is heated throughout.
  • Meanwhile, heat the roast beef drippings in a small saucepan set over medium heat until reduced by about half, about 8 minutes. Whisk in the cornstarch until well combined and then pour into the beef hash.
  • Salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 4470mg | Potassium: 1125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 138mg | Calcium: 848mg | Iron: 7mg

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From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2011. Updated August 2017.

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  1. nothing better !!! my mama would as a bayleaf and ketchup, serve with cornbread and called it irsh stew !!!! my son would make his self plum sick, eating so much !!!!

  2. I normally turn our leftover roasts into burritos or barbecue sandwiches but this looks like a very tasty and easy change up.

  3. One of my grandmothers would always make hash with leftover roast, too. I bet I hadn’t thought of that in 20 years! Now I gotta have some hash!

  4. This was wonderful! I used some deer sausage isntead of the beef and it tasted amazing. The kids ate it up and came picking at our plates for more.

  5. That was delicious. Just used the last of a beef roast which was a good 2 cups. Will be making this again. Thank you so much for the recipe. My husband comment was, “save that recipe.”

    1. Isn’t it just one of the simplest, yet most comforting dishes?! We sure love it at our house!

  6. Loretta — This recipe came up in a conversation just the other day. It did bring back memories of when I was a child. My mom would take the left over roast and make this delicious food. I remember one day asking her what she put in it. But, I could not remember all of the ingredients. So glad that you shared this recipe. I am going to prepare it today. Thank you.

    1. Hi Loretta,
      I’m so glad this helped bring back that recipe from your childhood. I sure hope you enjoy it! xo

  7. My Grandma put milk in it, if I remember right, it was suppose to help make it crispy on the outside.

  8. Is this supposed to say baked potato? I used a raw potato and I’ve been cooking it for over 30 minutes…

    1. Hi Kristen,
      I’ve never had to cook my potatoes that long for this beef hash. Usually about 5 minutes. I use Russet baking potatoes in this recipe. I dice it then cook in skillet with olive oil. Hope this helps!

  9. I am making this today. I too remember my mom making a similar recipe when I was a kid. Thanks for the reminder. 😊

  10. I’m new to cooking, learning it all on my own. Yesterday I had a pot roast cook all day in my crockpot and it was delicious last night but then I put all my leftovers in tupperware and threw out what was remaining in the crockpot so seems i have no ‘drippings’. Would this still be good without that last part? or is there something I can do to substitute that?

    1. Tracey, you can substitute 1 cup of beef broth for the 1 cup of drippings in the recipe. Just follow the directions using the broth instead. Hope you enjoy this meal I have loved since I was a little girl.

  11. So VERY good!! After making it a couple nights ago, I’ve decided I will always buy more beef than I need so I will have leftovers and can make this more often. Thank you for sharing.

  12. I had some leftover roast beef. I made this recipe, added a beef stock cube and halved the drippings. I honestly thought my kids wouldn’t touch it (as it’s not pizza or burgers). Clean plates all round. You simply can’t beat home cooking.

  13. Hi, we are in cold and windy Belfast….this was perfect for our left over roast with a bit of chilli….a lot of chilli!!

  14. I have leftover pot roast with potatoes and carrots. I’ll be making your recipe for dinner tonight. Can’t wait! I can already taste it!

  15. WE had this last nite – It smelled delicious – I had the beef gravy already in the fridge along with a good sized portion of left over prime rib roast- slightly overdone. What made it even better is that I follow a low carb/ Keto (depending on my cheat level Lol) diet, and subbed out cubed jicama, for the potato and like another commenter, has some mushrooms lying about – and chopped those up and added them, plus a little Worcestershire sauce.
    It Turned out really great! Now, I just have to have a beef roast a little more often,

    1. Thanks, Jan. I’m so glad you could adapt this recipe to your Keto requirements. xo

  16. 5 stars
    My mom made “hash” with whatever meat was leftover. Roast beef, turkey, ham, etc. She always made gravy for the main meal starting with a dark roux and adding stock. She’d use the leftover meat, cubed potatoes and leftover gravy which she thinned a bit. Would pour it over leftover biscuits or toast. I still do this today and every time I make it I think of her. I actually look forward to cooking a big roast meat dinner just because I know this is dinner the next day

    1. I love how certain recipes remind us of growing up and our mothers or grandmothers cooking, don’t you, Rick!

  17. 5 stars
    Delish! My roast was too dry to enjoy; this was the perfect solution! Yummy, tender, tasty, and delicious! And pretty quick and easy overall. Thanks!

  18. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious. I tried it for the first time today and all my family loved it. The hash first sells itself because it smells so good that you like it before you even try it! I added a half can of Cannellini beans which added some texture and flavor.

    1. Linda, you can substitute 1 cup of beef broth for the 1 cup of drippings in the recipe. Just follow the directions using the broth instead.

  19. Yes! This is how you make roast beef hash. (Well, except for the celery. I’ve never added celery, but I’m very generous with the onions.) These days, I find myself cooking an entire roast just so I can turn it into hash. Love to serve it with cornbread muffins.