Cooking With Beef Jerky

cooking with beef jerky - Holy Jerky

You probably wouldn’t set out to get foodstuffs and ingredients without first deciding what you wanted to cook. But if you do, we understand, especially with beef jerky. Beef jerky is a meal item that can be bought and stored in your fridge even when you have no idea what you’ll be making out of it. So yes. You are not weird. We all do it.

On the other hand, like Kathryn, you may be tired of repeating the same beef jerky recipes. We sometimes get tired of eating hamburgers too, so we totally get you. That’s why we’ve prepared some helpful recipe suggestions on how to cook with beef jerky just for you.

1. Charquican

Charquican is a stew dish popular in the Andean region, especially in Chile, Peru, and Bolivia. It’s a great traditional dish and a pleasing addition to your beef jerky recipes list. Aside from its unique cultural touch, it is quite easy to prepare.


  • 1 medium winter squash, cubed
  • 6 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can beef broth
  • Sale and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 pound of beef jerky, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin


1. Bring the potatoes, peas, broth, corn, and carrot to a boil in a large pot.

2. Season the combo with pepper and salt to taste. Then, turn down the heat and allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes.

3. Heat your olive oil in a pan for about a minute. Then, add in the onion and the chopped beef jerky. Allow it to pan-fry for 5 minutes.

4. Next, add your oregano, cumin, garlic, and paprika to the pan. Season the combo with salt and pepper to taste and leave it on the heat for about 3 minutes more.

5. Finally, pour the beef mixture into the splash and potato mixture. Allow it to simmer for 15 minutes and serve.

2. Curried Fried Rice with Beef Jerky

You can be rest assured that beef jerky brings a unique, satisfying taste to any meal it is eaten with. The curried fried rice with beef jerky is a gluten-free and filling recipe. Rice is versatile, and when paired with beef jerky, the combo is refreshingly satisfying!


3 ounces of beef jerky, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

one 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced

1 1/2 teaspoons of curry powder

1/2 cup whole toasted almonds

1 teaspoon of soy sauce

1 cup rinsed and drained long-grain rice

1 1/2 cups of water, plus 2 1/2 cups of boiling water

1 finely chopped small onion

1/2 small sweet potato or 1 medium carrot, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 large dried tree ear mushroom or 4 dried shiitake mushrooms

Salt to taste

1 thinly sliced scallion


1. Boil some water (about 2 ½ cups) for your beef jerky and tree ear mushroom.

2. Pour your rice in a medium-sized pot or saucepan and add in about 1 ½ cups of water of water and boil. Cover and cook the rice on low heat for about 12 minutes.

3. While your rice cooks, get a medium-sized bowl and empty your beef jerky into it. Then pour 2 cups of boiling water on your beef jerky and leave it to sit for about 30 minutes. By now, your beef jerky should be properly cooked and limber.

4. Now, remove the rice from the heat and let it stand for a while, steaming. Then, drain any remaining water with a sieve and let the rice cool completely.

5. Drain the beef jerky once it’s ready and chop it.

6. Pour ½ cup of boiling water over the tree ear mushroom in a small bowl.Leave it to soften for about 10 minutes. Thereafter, drain and chop the tree ear into small bits.

7. Pour your olive oil into a large skillet and put it on low heat. Then add in the onion, ginger, and sweet potato. Keep it on the heat for about 4 minutes, stirring continuously until the onion is softened or at your preferred texture. Next, add in the curry powder and allow it to cook for about a minute, stirring all the way.

8. Raise your skillet's heat. Then add in the mushrooms, almonds, and beef jerky. Be sure to stir fry to your taste. Pour in the rice and soy sauce and stir to prevent the rice from meshing together. Season with salt to taste. Finally, stir in the scallions and serve.

3. Jerky Tomato Sauce

This is a simple, easy-to-prepare recipe that only takes about 20 minutes. Once ready, you can dish it up with rice or pasta and savor its delightful taste. It may also be served over vegetables or used as a pizza sauce.


  • 3 to 4 ounces of beef jerky
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


1. Boil some water.

2. Using kitchen shears, cut the beef jerky into small pieces. Put the bite-sized beef jerky pieces in a bowl containing 1 cup of boiling water. Set this aside.

3. In a 12-inch frying pan, heat the vegetable oil, onion, bell pepper, and kosher salt over medium heat. Cook this till the onions are translucent. Now, add in the garlic and leave for about 2-3 minutes to cook. Pour in the sheared jerky with the water it’s soaked in. Add in the parsley, tomatoes, and cream and cook for 8–10 minutes until the sauce is somewhat thickened. It’s ready to be served.

4. Vietnamese Papaya and Beef Jerky Salad

Want a beef jerky recipe you can make in the time it’ll take to prep an instant noodle? Well, here is one. This is a simple 3-ingredient recipe that can be made any day. It requires no cooking and is a great post workout snack. It is also perfect if you’re looking to have a light appetizer before your meal or a snack at your desk.


  • 1 green papaya (about 2 pounds, shredded)
  • 1/3 pound beef jerky (cut into strips)
  • Thai basil, cut into strips

For dressing: 

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • Sriracha, chili paste, or sliced bird's eye chiles to taste (optional)


1. Peel the papaya and remove its seeds.

2. Next, shred the peeled papaya using a mandolin slicer. If you don’t have a mandolin slicer, feel free to use whatever slicer you have at your disposal.

3. Add in the shredded papaya to the basil.

4. Top the dish with beef jerky strips and the dressing prepared earlier. Serve your

For Dressing:

Simply put all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk till they are fully mixed. Serve your salad. 

There you have it - 4 ways to cooking with beef jerky. You're going to enjoy these, I guarantee it.

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