As I walk into the kitchen I am immediately halted by the deep earthy fragrance of cumin and smoked paprika doing the rhumba in midair. Now, contrary to what I may have led you to believe, I am not really an expert at the rhumba, perhaps they were doing the tango. One can never quite be sure when it comes to spices. However, I do know these seasonings will make my slow cooker Mexican shredded beef sing!
Seriously, is there a better smell than dinner simmering in the slow cooker? The aroma emanating from my slow cooker Mexican shredded beef is rivaled only by that of my Mississippi Roast Beef Sandwiches! Holy cow, someone needs to make a candle out of this stuff.
Slow cooker Mexican shredded beef is perfect for amping up taco night. Taco Tuesday needn’t be a recreation of the placid ground beef slopped into in a room temperature taco shell by an under-paid, overworked, lunch lady. To craft a taco worthy of haunting one’s dreams, you must first start with a foundation built upon luxurious shredded beef and a liberal dusting of seasonings. The Sandman has nothing on this!
It may go without saying, but you will want to have a slow cooker to make my Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef recipe. You can make it in the oven, but a slower cooker will be simpler and easier to clean up. I don’t think it is necessary to get fancy when purchasing a slow cooker. Buying one with a Low, High, and Keep Warm setting will have everything you need. For everyday cooking, 5 or 6 quarts will be ideal.
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- 3 lb Chuck Roast
- 4 oz can diced green chilis chopped
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp oregano
- ¼ tsp cumin
- ¾ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp fresh black pepper
- Salt to taste
Place chuck roast in slow cooker.
Sprinkle all remaining ingredients on the roast and place slow cooker on high.
Cook for 4 hours, or until beef is easily shredded with a fork.
Remove large chunks of fat remaining and shred.
Taste for salt, adjusting as needed.
Serve on tacos, or use in a variety of other Mexican dishes.
If you don't have smoked paprika, regular paprika will be a fine substitution.
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