Meet the Sullivans: Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

May 27, 2013

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

We had these shredded beef tacos last week one night--we loved them. The smell of the dinner cooking all day in the slow cooker was so tempting and really boded well for what was to come.

I chose to keep the toppings simple because the beef has such great flavor. We had them on soft flour tortillas with fresh guacamole and a pico de gallo we picked up at the farmer's market. 

This is a fantastically easy and delish weeknight dinner option! Once we're finished with our cleanse this week I plan to make it for dinner again!



Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds beef (I used a boneless chuck roast)
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced (I love spice and used two!)
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Flour tortillas
  • Favorite taco toppings (**ideas below**)
Method:
Whisk together the chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika in a small bowl. Rub the spice mix into the beef, covering each side evenly.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully place the beef in the skillet and sear on each side until browned. Add the diced onion and minced garlic on top of the seared beef in the slow cooker.

Remove the beef from the skillet and place in the bottom of a slow cooker. Leave the pan on the heat, and add in the beef stock to deglaze, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the tomato paste and minced chipotle and whisk into the pan sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for a 3-5 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly. Pour the pan sauce down over the onions, garlic, and beef in the slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Shred the beef and onions with two forks. Serve the beef in the flour tortillas, topped with your favorite taco toppings.

Some topping ideas include:
  • guacamole or avocado
  • fresh salsa
  • Mexican rice
  • grated cheese
  • fresh lettuce
  • tomato
  • onion
  • cilantro
  • squeeze of lime juice
Enjoy! 

2 comments:

erin vancura said...

ok. this sounds seriously delicious! it's a must-try for this week!!

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Yum!