This blog post has been requested by so many of my Instagram followers that I spent my weekend writing it for you guys! I couldn’t bear the thought of you all going one more day without this amazingness! The best part about this recipe is that it can be used for at least 5 different meals with very little prep, less than 5 minutes! I’ve used this pulled beef for arepas (pictured in this post), quesadillas, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. By using a crock pot you spend 5 minutes prepping and then leave it alone until dinner time! So. Easy. In fact, it is so easy I might just have my 7 year old start making this meal….he he he.
- 2lb Beef – I usually buy a chuck roast but other cuts will work too. Try to get grass fed!
- Jalapeños, 1-2 depending on your desired spice level, chopped roughly
- 1 Onion, chopped (totally optional! I had some extra that needed to be used so I threw it in)
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 16oz jar chunky salsa (choose your heat level according to your preferences – mild, medium, hot), I love Fronterra brand
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 Tbsp cumin powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
Put the chuck roast in the crock pot. Cover the meat with all the ingredients. Don’t worry about mixing it around the meat too much. As the meat breaks down you can give it a swirl later if you want. It all stews and mixes together eventually. Leave in the slow cooker on low heat for 8-10 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours. Once it is cooked you can shred or pull the beef apart with two forks. If you happen to be home while the meat is cooking, you can also do this step earlier (after at least 5 hours cooking on low or 3 hours of cooking on high)and the juice gets into the center of the meat taster. Either way it will turn out mouthwatering. You can also double this recipe for lots of leftovers if you have a 6-7 qt crockpot. Not that you will have any food left….because it will be SOOOOOO good!! But….if you do, then freeze it in meal size portions sized for your family. This type of slow cooked meat with lots of juices freezes really well.Slow cooked grass fed beef is excellent for those following Paleo, Whole 30, Low Carb and many other healthy diets. Obviously you would have to tailor the rest of the meal to align with your diet.
Gluten-free: use corn only tortillas or serve over rice or greens
Dairy-free: leave out the cheese, if you are making arepas use an oil that is dairy-free like avocado oil.
Paleo/Whole 30/Low Carb: serve over greens, leave out the cheese
This is a family favorite, now it will be yours too!