Barbacoa Beef with Broccoli 

It’s fall which means it’s officially crock-pot season! 

Oh, how I’ve missed you, crock-pot! I am a huge fan of the slow cooker (AKA crock-pot) for so many reasons but mainly because…

  • You only need a few ingredients to really pack a lot of flavor
  • It’s perfect for my diet (meat and veggies) since I find carbs get way too mushy in there
  • The crock-pot does all the work for you! You just add the ingredients and 8 hour later you have dinner
  • Whether you’re making beef, chicken or pork, it makes your meat SO tender and juicy
  • With one pot, clean up is a breeze!

With football season in full swing, we are often hosting Sunday dinner so this kitchen tool is essential. Since I knew we were having a lot of guys over last weekend, I decided do try this hearty, Barbacoa beef recipe that packed a lot of flavor (and some heat). Even with 7 pounds of beef, we didn’t have any leftovers.. I think it was a hit!

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Barbacoa Beef with Broccoli

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs chuck roast (note: this is a fatty meat so you’ll need to buy more than normal since you’ll be trimming the fat. So, instead of 1/2 pound per person I’d do 2/3 pound per person)
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 chiptoles in adobo sauce, chopped (if you don’t like spice, nix these)
  • 1  can chopped green chiles
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 2 Teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup beef broth or water
  • Large bunch of broccoli (I sometimes add edamame, peppers, etc)

(note: I know this looks like a lot of ingredients but they’re mostly spices and things you have in your pantry)

Directions:

  • Trim fat off beef, cut into chunks and add salt/pepper
  • Saute beef with garlic on the stove for a minute on each side. (This gives it a bit more crispiness to the sides so it’s not necessary but if you have a few extra minutes, it usually tastes better). Add meat to crock-pot
  • Chop white onion and set add to crockpot
  • Mix all other ingredients in separate bowl or cup and whisk. Then, pour ingredients over the meat/onions
  • Cover and cook for 6-8 hours. 1/2 hour before it’s finished cooking, add broccoli (you don’t want it to be overdone so keep checking it)
  • Once cooked, shred meat with two forks and serve




*Favorite Find*

It probably comes as no surprise that my favorite find of the week goes to… my crock-pot! If you don’t have one already, it’s an essential for the upcoming winter months. Mine is a 6-gallon (the bigger the better in my mind since leftovers are sometimes even better!), plus it has a timer, so you can leave your dishes to cook while you’re out for the day. This crock-pot from Target offers the same features and is less than $40, plus it’s free shipping – you can’t beat this deal!

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8 thoughts on “Barbacoa Beef with Broccoli 

    1. Awesome!! You’ll love it! And thanks for the feedback on Tasty Tuesdays 🙂 I love it too because I’m always cooking!!

  1. Angie – tried this today for the first time. Packed a lot into pre-commute. Headed out for a run and then started my prep. Threw on the crockpot and off to work! What a delight to come home to! I wanted to lick my plate – Brian too 😉

    For anyone reading – definitely include the chipotles!

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