Firehouse Machaca Taco Filling

Firehouse Machaca Taco Filling


"My husband and his fellow firefighters swear by this recipe for machaca (shredded beef.) Excellent meat stuffing for tacos."


2 h 20 m servings 364 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 364 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 27.2 g
  • 42%
  • Carbs:
  • 4.3g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 23.8 g
  • 48%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 97 mg
  • 32%
  • Sodium:
  • 181 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a stockpot, combine, water, beef and quartered onion. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer covered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until meat is very tender. Strain and reserve broth. Shred meat with 2 forks; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium high heat. Saute chopped onion and bell pepper until tender. Stir in 1 cup of the reserved broth, shredded beef, salsa, cilantro and jalapenos. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until heated through.
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This is simply divine! I make this in the crockpot. I leave out the water and lightly saute the onions/peppers before adding to the mix. Put in on high or low and you're good to go. I also ad...

A great change from seasoned hamburger meat for tacos!

Pay no attention to the negative review, this is EXCELLENT and very much reminded me of machaca! Although this isn't a "traditional" form of the recipe, it's an adapted version, which is pretty ...

I have been making this recipe for years. I use a pound of green chilies instead of adding the green pepper, add a packet of onion soup, leave out the water and let it cook all day in a slow coo...

My family loves this as a filling for burritos. I do use red salsa instead of green as that is what I usually have on hand. The recipe freezes well and there are always enough for two dinners (...

Deeeeelish! Had to add garlic however.This is great for making Machaca.What is Machaca you say? It's this wonderful taco filling scrambled with beaten eggs,then served with warm tortillas and sa...

I used my crock pot to cook this. Took the same amount of time, but I was able to walk away from my kitchen. Awesomely tender meat!

Really liked this recipe, even the kids liked it. Added both Kosher and Garlic Salts to water while boiling. Substituted can of green chiles for green pepper. Used regular red salsa instead of ...

Made this yesterday in the crock pot. Hubby loved it- had 3 tacos- he never eats like that- i used regular salsa andn added green chilis- hit at our house