Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat

Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat

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"This recipe can be used with chicken, beef, pork and even venison. It freezes well, and can be made into burritos, tacos, or any number of other Mexican-style dishes. This dish uses a lot of spice, so please be sure to adjust to your taste."

Ingredients

8 h 50 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 260 cals
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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 260 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 19.1 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs:
  • 3.3g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 18.4 g
  • 37%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 315 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Trim the roast of any excess fat, and season with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the beef in the hot skillet, and brown it quickly on all sides.
  2. Transfer the roast to a slow cooker and top it with the chopped onion. Season with chile peppers, chili powder, cayenne pepper, hot pepper sauce, and garlic powder. Add enough water to cover 1/3 of the roast.
  3. Cover, and cook on High for 6 hours, checking to make sure there is always at least a small amount of liquid in the bottom of the cooker. Reduce heat to Low, and continue cooking for 2 to 4 hours, or until meat is totally tender and falls apart.
  4. Transfer the roast to a bowl and shred it using two forks (reserve 2 cups of cooking liquid, if desired). Serve in tacos or burritos (see Cook's Note).

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • If using the meat for burritos: shred the meat and add it to a frying pan with 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 15 minutes.
  • To freeze the meat, transfer it to a freezer-proof container and add reserved 2 cups of cooking liquid. Freeze up to 6 months; thaw in refrigerator or microwave.
  • This recipe also works for pork and chicken. If you're using chicken, remove the skin before cooking and reduce the cooking time to 4 hours on High or 8 hours on Low. Remove the bones and shred the meat after cooking.
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Incredible. I'm from San Diego, so must, must, MUST have lots of flavor and spice in my meat, 'cause I'm used to it! Can't throw a rock without running into authentic Mexican food here. The flav...

This was so simple, and with a few changes became the ultimate shredded meat recipe! Following other reviewers suggestions, I didn't brown the meat, just put it in the crock pot and cooked it o...

I have been using this recipe for 2 years now. It is excellent when chicken is substituted & paired with the Red Enchilada Sauce (also on this site) for a outstanding chicken enchilada dish. ...