Roast Beef Sandwich Spread

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Not a fan of leftover pot roast? Turn it into this quick and easy roast beef sandwich spread full of savory, filling flavor.

No matter how thinly I slice it, or how carefully I reheat it, leftover pot roast never tastes good. But, with the price of beef these days (and its increasing scarcity), who wants to throw it out?

That’s why I came up with this Roast Beef Sandwich Spread, which my family is wild about. Whether you like meaty, chunky sandwiches, or prefer yours creamy but filled with great taste, this easy recipe is a fantastic way to use leftover roast beef for lunch or snacks.

Roast Beef Sandwich Spread Recipe

Open-faced Roast Beef Sandwich spread on bread topped with lettuce and tomato slices

How Do You Like Your Sandwiches?

Are you old enough to remember the Underwood sandwich spreads that come in paper-wrapped cans? Old-fashioned, I know. But for some of us, there’s a bit of school lunch nostalgia behind those sandwiches.

So, the first few times I tinkered with my Roast Beef Sandwich Spread recipe, I whirred the ingredients in my food processor to get that same creamy smoothness. It was good, of course, but I guess my tastes have changed. I like a bit more texture to sandwiches these days.

So one day, I decided to skip the food processor and just chop the ingredients by hand. Oh, baby, was it good! Fresh chunks of celery and dill pickle combine with zingy bites of onion and tender roast beef. Yum! To me, that’s a cravable combination. (Related: Muffaletta Sandwich Recipe.)

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Serving Ideas

This Roast Beef Sandwich Spread is excellent for sandwiches, of course, but here are some other great ways to enjoy it.

  • Spread it on crackers
  • Use it in tortilla wraps
  • Go low-carb and wrap it in Romaine lettuce leaves
  • Add a scoop on top of a green salad
  • Spoon it into celery sticks
  • Stuff it into hollowed tomatoes


This recipe tastes bests when eaten within three days, though I’ve had it five days later and needed to add a bit more mayo. I wouldn’t serve it beyond that since leftover pot roast only stays good for so long.

Roast Beef Sandwich Spread

An easy to make spread using leftover roast beef. It’s delicious as a sandwich filling, spread on crackers, or even dolloped onto a green salad.
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Roast Beef Sandwich Spread
Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:5 mins



  • 1 lb. cooked roast beef
  • ½ cup yellow onion chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 spears dill pickle chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or combination of mayo and Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons prepared creamy horseradish
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley minced (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine roast beef, onions, celery and chopped pickles in a medium bowl. 
  • Stir in mayonnaise, horseradish, onion powder, and garlic powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in minced parsley if using.


For a smoother spread: Pulse the celery, onions, and dill pickle in a food processor a few times. Transfer to a medium bowl. Pulse the roast beef in the food processor a few times. Add to the bowl and proceed with the recipe.


Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 329mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.7mg
Servings: 6 sandwiches
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Katie Berry

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  1. Katie Berry says:

    Thanks, Sarah! Um, do you plan to display the thumbnails?

  2. Jessica @ The Junk Nest says:

    OMG….my mouth is watering! Darnit!!!! lol

    Thanks for sharing!!


    1. Katie Berry says:

      It’s good stuff!

  3. Katie Berry says:

    Thanks for the Pin, Holly! I hope you and your husband enjoy the recipe. 🙂

  4. Katie Berry says:

    Thanks, Wanda! I’m not a big fan of raw onions, either, but the photo needed them for color. LOL

  5. This sounds great! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from A Glimpse Inside 🙂

  6. This looks so yummy… I love sandwiches spreads they are great for camping, or enjoying at the beach. I will have to give this a try the next time I have leftover roast beef. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      They’re great for telling your kids “Go make yourself a sandwich”, too!

  7. i have tried one simular to yours——venison about 1/2 lb–small white onion& celery–into prosessor, then 4 boild eggs mashed–add salt–pepper curry powder–italion seasoning–turomic powder- 2tbl spoon olive oil–2 tbl spoon white viniger–3 large tbl spoon mayo-also 4 dashes of worster sause, blend all together— chill –serve—
    my wife can,t put it down
    try it too you might like it


    1. Katie Berry says:

      Sounds good! I’m always looking for ways to use turmeric as a seasoning.

  8. I have some home canned beef. I was looking for a recipe for making a sandwich spread. Thanks for your roast beef spread, I will try it with the canned beef

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I haven’t tried it with canned beef, so would love to hear how it turned out.

  9. 5 stars
    I love this! I have made a similar recipe for years, but the addition of the pickles is spot on! This is what was missing from my original recipe. Thanks for sharing this. SO delicious.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You’re welcome!

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve never had roast beef spread before, but I’ve heard such a thing existed. I did a google search, and was drooling when I read your recipe. I even made a chuck roast for the leftovers to make this, haha! It was sooooo good! I did alter it a bit. I added a dash of Worcestershire sauce to the sauce mix. I also doubled prepared horseradish (in place of creamy- we love our horseradish, lol). I didn’t want to put it in the fridge to blend. I wanted a sandwich right away! If I had to describe what it’s like. It reminds me of a beef version of tuna salad. That is a compliment, because we love tuna salad too. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. Five stars all the way!

  11. Hi Katie, thanks for the recipe. I made the spread for my son’s end of the school pool party. Every one simply loved it. The only chnage I made is, since we are vegetarian, we used roated Beyond Beef instead and it wa delicious. Now in double mind if I should share recipe with family and friends or keep it for myself?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Vivek,
      I’m so glad you liked the recipe! I’ll have to try it with Beyond Meat, since we’re trying to eat more plant-based, too. Thank you for sharing that idea!