We all find our own way in life .. do we not?
Often to our parent's chagrin
Yes .. we can offer advice .. Yes .. we can try our darndest to boss them around .. but at a certain point .. they're old enough to choose .. and follow their own path
Do we wish for them a road that's straight & easy? For them to hear, absorb, and learn from our words .. the been-there-done-that's .. only experience can bring? Of course ..
But sometimes .. lessons .. good/bad/or otherwise .. can only be lived
So as a parent you search for a way to stay connected .. as much for yourself as for them .. a hook into their heart .. planting some seeds along the way .. never quite knowing if they'll grow .. but hoping nonetheless
I've taken to sending recipes .. it may seem a bit out of the norm in today's digital world .. but every week .. a handwritten recipe or two .. along with a short note .. is sent to a place far away
I wish for something fun when a mailbox is opened .. tangible .. with my handwriting .. a quick story ..
This is the dish your Grandma makes every year at Thanksgiving. Do you remember .. you ate this every day for a month when you were 5?
You're favorite chocolate chip cookies .. (ps: Don't eat too many)
So this week .. a new find is waiting to be collected from our sub-zero mailbox .. passed along via a wonderful friend whose a treasure trove of recipes that are simple, as well as delicious. A crock-pot method for making taco seasoned beef .. that can then be used in burritos, salads, tacos, fajitas ..
I don't know why .. but it had never occurred to me to cook either a roast .. or .. taco flavored meat this way. A roast was something for Sunday afternoons .. taco meat begged ground beef .. browned on the stove top with a package of store-bought seasoning.
So this weekend .. The Chef & I tried our hand .. and now have a great source of protein stashed away in our freezer .. of course .. there was QA .. tacos for lunch
Lots of ways to make it yours .. especially if you like extra heat .. chipotle peppers in adobo sauce would be a great crock-pot addition .. salsa with a kick a good fixing as well.
I've also spied variations that add a bit of tomato paste to the broth along with garlic &/or onions. Some sear the beef before adding it to the slow-cooker .. I didn't.
Our favorite toppings .. grated cheese (not too much), fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro, squeeze of lime juice, avocado, pico de gallo
- 2½ - 3 lb roast (** chuck roasts are my favorite for slow-cookers)
- 1 cup Beef broth (** or water)
- Taco Seasoning
- ½ cup chili powder
- ¼ cup onion powder
- ⅛ cup ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- Taco Seasoning
- Put all of the seasonings into a jar & shake
- Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef
- Add roast & beef broth (or water, if using) to slow-cooker
- Sprinkle a thin layer of seasoning over the roast and add it to the slow-cooker, along with a cup or so beef broth (or water).
- Let it cook 4-6 hours, with a little bit of water, or until beef is cooked through and shreds easily when removed.
- When there is about 30 minutes left (the roast is fork-tender) .. shred it so the pieces are able to soak up the juices.
Like many dishes done in the slow cooker, flavors will continue to meld together over a day or so. This could be made a day ahead of time, and probably be even more flavorful when reheated the next day.