Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Simple Shredded Beef Taco's

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Simple Shredded Beef Taco's

Shredded Beef Taco's are a nice change from your ordinary ground beef mixture. This recipe just came to mind one day.

I was tired of the same old ground beef taco meat, so I thought using beef and shredding it would be so much better. So I just tossed some ingredients in my slow cooker and gave it a shot.
 Everyone loved it!!! This recipe has been a favorite in our house ever since. It's great because it only requires just a few ingredients to make the meat so flavorful.

 I have also used the exact ingredients and made Shredded Chicken Tacos and they are just as tasty.
I usually do a large roast so i can have leftover meat to make enchiladas. Well that is if i have leftovers.

I could eat the meat all by itself, it's that tender. Now, this is not a Authentic Mexican recipe by any means, but it sure is Delicious.
You can serve this with regular taco shells or with tortillas to make soft taco's its really versatile. Just add some Spanish Rice and beans and you have a wonderful meal. Lets get started.
As usual fashion the full recipe is at the end of the post.

These are the ingredients you will need. Toppings not pictured. I know it doesn't look like a lot of ingredients, but that's what makes it so simple. It really does have a great flavor. Plus I have little ones at home so that really cant eat anything to spicy. My kids love this.

Place roast in slow cooker. I used a pretty good size roast about 2 1/2lbs

Sprinkle Taco Seasoning over meat.

Then add Picante Sauce.

Cover, set on low setting and cook for 6-8 hours.

I removed my meat about half way through and cut into smaller chunks and returned meat back to the slow cooker. When the 6-8 hours was up I removed meat to cutting board and shredded beef with two forks. Place shredded meat back in slow cooker to keep warm.

* Sorry my picture was really blurry of shredding the meat, so i did not add it *

I found this quick and easy way to warm taco shells. It's probably not a new idea but it is for me. A couple years back my brother in law said he saw this on a cooking show. Preheat your oven to warm you taco shells. Place taco shells upside down on the rack of your oven so they hang. (see above) heat just until lightly browned and hot. Remove with oven MIT. You don't have to dirty a baking sheet this way.

Place meat in a serving bowl and add all your favorite taco toppings.

I served mine with all the regular taco fixens and Mexican pinto beans. I cooked my beans in the pressure cooker with water, onion, garlic, a little chili powder, cumin, some Lawry's seasoning salt, a bit of bacon. I usually have re fried beans but i just wanted regular pinto beans today.

Shredded Beef Taco's

1 1/2 - 2lb - Chuck Roast
1 - Packet Taco Seasoning Mix (I use Taco Bell)
1 - Cup Pace Picante Sauce (Mild or Medium)
1 - 12 count package Taco Shells or flour tortillas

Taco Toppings:
Shredded lettuce
chopped tomato
Shredded Cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese
Sour cream
Taco sauce

Place chuck roast in slow cooker. 

Sprinkle taco seasoning over roast and then pour pic ante sauce on top. 

Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or till tender. 

Remove meat to cutting board; shred beef with two forks. Place shredded meat back in slow cooker to keep warm.

Serve in taco shells or flour tortillas with your favorite toppings.

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Teresa Cordero Cordell said... #

Excellent idea for warming up the taco shells girlfriend. Your shredded meat looks yummy. I found that with my family, I can make tacos out of anything as long as there's lots of salsa.

Michele said... #

Once the dentist lets me eat solid food again I'm going to be all over this recipe. What a great idea for the taco meat!

Lisa said... #

Great tip on warming shells. I love tacos like these.

Donna, aka. Yellow Jeep Blonde said... #

I am SO going to do this! I, too, get bored with the regular ground beef mixture and I am positive that my boys will gobble this UP!

inmomniac said... #

I also do shredded chicken this way and never thought to do shredded beef. We love tacos and I know my husband and I will enjoy this. THANKS!!!

Southern Plate said... #

Separated at birth, I'm telling ya!

Clumbsy Cookie said... #

Wow this sounds so tasty! I've never seen that techinc for warming taco shells, I loved it! I'll definetly use it next time I have to warm up tacos! Great!

Debbie said... #

Too funny...I just did tacos. Well, I didn't, my husband did. Your's look great. And the taco shells...I'm gonna try it!
One more meal for next week's menu..thanks.

Jenny said... #

Mmmm. These tacos sound incredible. We eat mexican so often, so I'll be trying your ideas soon!

MrsDesmarais said... #

I made these tonight and they were so yummy! Thanks for the great recipe!!!

Anonymous said... #

Yummy! I've having a "Friday Fiesta" party and I'm going to use this recipe! I love the idea for heating the shells... Thanks for sharing.

Stefani said... #

We had this for dinner tonight & it was huge hit with everyone!!! Its hard to find something all 6 of us LOVE....

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Stefani, glad you liked the beef tacos. This is such a easy toss it and forget meal. I am adding this down on my menu for next month I havent made them in awhile. This works well with chicken to.

Jess said... #

I made this for dinner yesterday and it was a huge hit. I have 4 boys and they all loved it. It couldn't be simpler, and it is a nice change from ground beef for tacos. Thanks for the recipe.

candace metz said... #

I know it's been awhile since anyone has commented but just wanted to let you know what a huge hit these were at my house!! My BIL is staying with us and loves them as well as my four children, now have to get hubby home in time from work to try them tonight since he hasn't yet the handful of times I've made them. ( sorry so long! Lol, oh, also got a request from my SIL fiance to give her the recipe when they were over and ate them:D)

candace metz said... #

Now i just need the calorie info lol