Wednesday, May 11, 2011

OLE' - It's Dinnertime!

Some days are just busy!  Some days I don't have the brainpower to cook!  Some days are both!  Those are the days I turn to take-out my Crock Pot!

Living as I do in Arizona, I love Mexican food.  I often judge the quality of a restaurant by its shredded beef.  Shredded beef is a very versatile staple.  You can use it to complete lots of different meals: tacos, enchiladas, tamales, taco salad, nachos, whatever.  Here is my quick, no-fuss recipe for Green Chili Shredded Beef

Taco Salad made with Green Chili Shredded Beef

Green Chili Shredded Beef

  • 3-5  pound chuck roast
  • 1 large can whole green chilies
  • salt, pepper, and other spices
Generously season the chuck roast with salt, pepper, and spices.  (See the below pictures for how I season.)  Place the roast in the crock pot.  Pour the can of whole green chilies over the roast.  Cook in the crock pot on High for 6 hours or until tender.  Shred the meat with two forks and serve.  Store leftovers in an airtight container. 

Serve with your favorite Mexican accompaniments!

A lot of juice will develop as a result of the cooking process.  Drain off most of it before serving or else you will have drippy beef.  (You can reserve it to make Green Chili French Dip sandwiches.)  Don't remove all of the juice because you want to have some reserved for storing leftovers or else your beef will be DRY!

Everything you need for a yummy meal!
Close-up of the spices: chopped onion, ground cumin, salt, black pepper, chili powder, coriander, garlic powder.

I season the bottom of the Crock Pot before I put in the roast.

I season the top of the roast after it goes into the Crock Pot. 

Use a large can of whole chilies.  The chilies will shred into the beef at the end of the cooking time.  It is unnecessary to pay more for chopped green chilies. 

Pour the whole chilies over the top of the seasoned roast. 

6 hours in the Crock Pot!

I have to wrap the lid of my Crock Pot with towels to help keep in the heat.  I think I have a wonky lid.  

I didn't get any pictures of the shredding process, (sorry) but here is what we ate with it!

My husband's taco salad.

My clown-face tostadas! 

I didn't realize how silly that picture looked until I looked at the developed photo.  Oh well, they tasted delicious!

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