Monday, May 4, 2015

Kris' Amazing Mexican Shredded Beef

Ok, first, let me just start off by saying I have no idea who Kris is. I was looking for a recipe for Mexican Shredded Beef, and I happened upon this one on a site called It was pretty close to what I had in mind, so I decided to go with it.
 Beef, onions, spices, easy to throw together, cooks in a crock pot. Done. Oh, and it smells SO good while it's cooking all day. I ran some errands while it was cooking, and when I came home.. OMG the whole apartment smelled amazing! It's flavorful, versatile, and goes with about a million different Mexican dishes. Use it as a filling for burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, serve with eggs, or nachos, and on and on and on. It's the perfect component for any Mexican menu!
 So, thank you, Kris, wherever you are. I'll be making this again and again!

1 (4 pound) beef bottom round roast or other lean roast
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 large onion, diced
1 (7 ounce) can chopped green chilies
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 (7 ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or to taste
1 cube beef bouillon
 Trim the roast of any excess fat, and cut into four pieces. Rub with black pepper, and place into a slow cooker. Add the onions, green chiles, chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, cumin, chipotle peppers, and beef bouillon. Pour in enough water to cover 1/3 of the roast.
 Cover, and cook on High until the meat begins to fall apart, about 8 hours. Add water if needed to keep the roast from drying out.
 Turn the slow cooker to Low, and remove meat to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Shred the meat into bite-sized pieces using two forks. Return the meat to the slow cooker; cook about 20 minutes to reheat before serving.
The best bit of advice I can give is to cook everything to your own personal taste. There are a lot of big bold flavors going on here, specifically the chipotle peppers and the cayenne pepper. If you like the heat, go for it. Add everything just as listed. For me, I like just barely a little poke of heat. I added only half the can of chipotle peppers, and it was still too spicy for me. You know how spicy you like things to be, so just go with it. If you're not sure how spicy you'd like it, I would err on the side of mild. You can always add more spice if it's not enough.

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