Thursday, February 05, 2009

This picture is even worse than the last one

Machaca Beef
Fix –It and Forget-It Big Cookbook Copyright 2008

1-1/2 lbs. beef roast (chuck or round) I didn't weigh it but I'm pretty sure I had only about 1 pound of chuck
1 large onion, sliced
4 oz. can diced green chilis
2 beef bouillon cubes
1-1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup salsa

Combine all ingredients except salsa in a slow cooker. Add just enough water to cover. Cover the cooker and cook on low 10-12 hours, or until beef is tender. Drain and reserve liquid.
Shred the beef using 2 forks to pull it apart. It should come apart easily. Combine beef, salsa, and enough of the reserved liquid to make of desired consistency.

This is an ugly one too but stuffed into flour tortillas with some cheese, then topped with a sprinkle of more cheese and baked, this was really delicious. I added a dollop of lite sour cream too. It could have used a bit more heat which is easily remedied by choosing a hotter salsa. I used mild and I should have used medium.

It was a good way to use up a smaller portion of chuck strips that I had in the freezer. There wasn't enough there to make a stew but as a filling this went far. I rolled up 10 taco-sized tortillas with a generous amount of filling and there was more filling left over. You can use this as a filling in tacos, quesadillas, etc.

This was another great recipe from the Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook. I'm really glad I picked that one up in Costco. I've been using my crockpot a lot more lately. Usually anything that can handle being cooked in the crockpot will do well waiting in the fridge or freezer so it's great for the cooking ahead that I've been doing.

Speaking of Costco, I picked up some great instant potatoes there last week. They were instant red potatoes and the best instant potatoes I've had. I sometimes use instant potatoes for convenience but I usually have to doctor them up (with sour cream, cheese, etc). These were excellent as they were (with the addition of milk, butter and salt called for in the instructions). They come in convenient 5-serving pouches too, which work well for us.

Question of the Day: How hot do you like your salsa?
I'm a mild or medium girl. I never buy the hot.


Rebel In Ontario said...

I'm a medium kinda girl...DH likes HOT and the kids like we have three jars of salsa in the fridge! If I'm cooking with salsa, I usually use medium.

Heather said...

We're pretty much the medium family. My DH likes his "nuclear" but he has bottles of hot sauce for doctoring.

Usually for cooking I use mild because of the kids' preference. My oldest son likes medium though.

I have bought those potatoes at Costco too and they really are good! I need to make a Costco run soon and will have to add them to my list.

Anonymous said...

Loving the slow cooker recipes!

Anonymous said...

It's medium all the way around here, even with the grands. This recipe sounds so good. Can't wait to try it.


Unknown said...

It depends on my tongue! Sometimes I'm really sensitive to spicy, so I like mild. However, I'd like to prefer medium.