Slow Cooker Sunday: Barbacoa Beef

My second new recipe of the New Year and it’s another slow cooker one and while this is a savory one, it’s just as good as the sweet Banana Bread Pudding from two weeks ago. This time around I made barbacoa in my slow cooker. Barbacoa is a way of cooking meat that results in the meat being very tender. Usually by steam cooking it. While you can use different types of meat for barbacoa I opted to use chuck roast.

I added all of the ingredients to the insert of my slow cooker and gave it a few good stirs. Don’t be concerned by the small amount of liquid required. The meat will release its juices while cooking and keep in mind this isn’t a stew, as I mentioned, with barbacoa you are steam cooking the meat. You are going to use the meat for tacos, a burrito, burrito bowl and so forth, so while you do want the meat tender and juicy, you don’t want it to be soaking.

After cooking for 8 hours on the low setting the meat was perfectly tender and perfect for shredding.

I transferred the meat to a bowl and using two forks shred it into bit-sized pieces, leaving any juices in the insert of my slow cooker. I then transferred the shredded meat back to my slow cooker and let it soak up some of the remaining juices for about 10-15 minutes while my slow cooker was on the warm setting.

Finally, I transferred the meat to a dish.

I opted to use the meat to make quick and easy burrito bowls, so I made cilantro lime rice and pico de gallo to go along with it. Along with the rice and pico de gallo you could also add in shredded cheese, sour cream and/or guacamole.

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Ingredients:

3 pounds chuck roast*, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

1/2 cup beef broth

4 garlic cloves, minced

3 chipotles in adobo, chopped (if you like your meat spicier add in 1 more)

1 4oz. can chopped green chiles

Juice from 3 limes (1/4 cup)

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

3 bay leaves

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Salt and pepper

* I used 2.5lbs. of chuck roast cubes meant for beef stew

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients (except the salt and pepper) to the insert of your slow cooker and stir to combine.

Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until beef is tender.*

Once the meat is ready remove it from the slow cooker, leaving the juices behind, and transfer to a bowl and using two forks shred the meat.

Remove the bay leaves from the liquid and transfer the shredded meat back to the slow cooker. With the slow cooker set to the warm setting let the meat sit in the liquid for 10-15 minutes.

Transfer the meat to a serving dish and season with salt and pepper.

*I left my meat in for 8 hours.

Recipe from Chef Savvy

 

Cilantro Lime Rice

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups basmatti rice

1 garlic clove, minced

2 1/4 cups water

1 teaspoon salt

Zest of 1 lime

3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, from about 2-3 limes

1 cup lightly packed cilantro, leaves and tender stems, chopped

Directions:

In a medium saucepan heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the rice and stir to coat with the olive oil. Cooke the rice until it has begun to lightly brown. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.

Add the water, salt and zest and raise the heat to bring the rice to a rolling boil. Cover the pot and then reduce the heat to low to maintain a low simmer.

Cook for about 15 minutes (check you package from instructions). Let sit for 10 minute and then fluff with a fork.

Pour the lime juice over the rice and add in the cilantro and toss everything to combine.

Recipe from Simply Recipes

 

Pico De Gallo

Ingredients:

3 cups grape tomatoes, quartered

1 small red onion, finely chopped

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

1 cup lightly packed cilantro, leaves and tender stems, chopped

Juice from 2 limes

Salt and pepper

Directions:

In a medium bowl combine the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and fresh lime juice. Gently toss the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and refrigerate for a few hours so flavors can marinate before using.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a blog post is the intro. Thinking of something catchy to grab the reader’s attention to keep reading. I was having that exact problem for this blog post. I was trying to think of something catchy about how sheet pan dinners were becoming a go-to for me, but, I just couldn’t come up with anything. So I will just say, if you are thinking of making chicken tacos, this is a quick and easy way to make the filling. Hopefully that got you!

I began by slicing three bell peppers, an onion and chicken breast into strips. I then combined them all in a large bowl and sprinkled it with a spice mixture of chili powder, cumin, paprika, coriander and salt and pepper. Next I drizzled everything with olive oil and gave it a good toss. I then transferred the mixture to a rimmed baking sheet that I lined with aluminum foil.

I then baked it in a 400 F preheated oven for about 25 minutes.

Ideally at this point, while the chicken fajita mixture is still hot, it would be the perfect time to make tacos or fajitas with it, but, I made this as prep for the upcoming week’s dinner. So, after letting it cool to room temperature I placed it an airtight container and refrigerated it. The following evening I heated up some of it up and made tacos with it. And I am happy to say that it heated up well.

 

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:

Fajita Seasoning:

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon coriander

Salt and black pepper

Fajita Filling:

1 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips

3 bell pepper (1 of each – red, green & yellow), sliced into strips

1 medium yellow onion, sliced into strips

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons olive oil

For serving:

Taco size flour tortillas

Lime wedges

Sour cream

Guacamole

Salsa

Cheese

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.

In a small bowl combine the ingredients for the fajita seasoning and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the chicken, peppers, onion and garlic. Sprinkle with the fajita season and the drizzle with the olive oil. Toss everything together and then transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Spreading everything in an even layer.

Cook in the preheated oven for 18-25 minutes, tossing everything at the halfway point.

To serve, wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and heat in the oven for five minutes. Drizzle lime juice over the fajita filling and season with salt to taste. Tossing everything to coat.

Serve the filling warm in the warm tortillas with your desired topping.

Recipe from Cooking Classy

Slow Cooker Sunday: Corn & Bean Enchilada Bake

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as many Slow Cooker Sunday recipes. It’s for a few reasons, one of them, I am running low on recipes. Quite a few of the recipes I have shared have been from this cookbook. While I haven’t tried them all, there are some dessert recipes I would like to try, I have tried those that sounded most appealing to me. Another reason, a lot of the recipes I come across are usually for 6- 10 servings, great if you are cooking for 2 or more people, but, since I cook for just myself that’s way too many leftovers. Don’t get me wrong, I love leftovers (especially since it means I don’t have to cook everyday),but, after eating the same thing for lunch & dinner after two or three days it just doesn’t taste the same by the 5th or 6th time eating it. And yes, I could start working on creating my own recipes, but, I am more comfortable creating recipes for stovetop and oven cooking. So, I did some research and came across the answer, a slow cooker cookbook with recipes geared towards 2 people. No more leftovers for days and days and days.

There’s a little bit of everything in this cookbook. A section on poultry, beef, breakfast, desserts and even seafood. Although, I always avoid making seafood in my slow cooker. I feel like since seafood cooks fast enough there’s no reason to slow cook it. Also, seafood odors can linger and cooking it in a slow cooker for hours on end may not be that delightful. So, I am geared with a new cookbook and ready to start using my smaller slow cooker to whip up some delicious meals that won’t be lasting me days on end.

First up, I made a Corn and Bean Enchilada Bake.

In a medium bowl I combined a chopped tomato, chopped onion, minced garlic, a minced jalapeno pepper, a can of black beans and corn.

After spraying the insert of my slow cooker with cooking spray I layered the ingredients for the enchilada.

I poured salsa verde in the bottom of the slow cooker. While the cookbook does include a recipe for homemade salsa verde I decided to go the easier route and used store bought. I then topped the salsa with 3 corn tortillas, overlapping them. I poured half of the bean mixture over the tortillas and topped it with more salsa verde and finally shredded cheese. I repeated the layers once more and then covered the slow cooker and set it to cook on low for 6 hours.

After the six hours the cheese had melted and the tortillas were soft. And I had the perfect sized meal for 2 lunches and 1 dinner.

Corn and Bean Enchilada Bake

Ingredients:

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, minced

1 large tomato, seeded and chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 14oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 8.5oz. can yellow sweet corn

1 1/4 cups salsa verde

6 corn tortillas, taco style

2/3 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese

 

Directions:

In a medium bowl combine the first 6 ingredients.

Spray the insert of a slow cooker with cooking spray.

Pour 1/3 cup of salsa verde in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Place three of the tortillas in the slow cooker overlapping them. Pour half of the bean mixture over the tortillas and the top with half of the remaining salsa and half of the cheese. Repeat the layers, ending with the cheese.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

Recipe from The Complete Slow Cooking for Two Cookbook