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It just started to cook!
« on: June 19, 2011, 02:12:56 AM »
I make my special taco meat every now and then. I just put it into the crock pot an hour ago and the whole house smells like it. I haven't eaten very much today and it's making me a bit mad. How can uncooked beef smell so good?

Also, question just to make sure. I usually use chuck roast for this, but no market had it for less than $5 a lb. That's absurd.

One store had very large, very marbled sirloin steaks on sale for $2.50 a lb so I used that. Do you think after 12 hours in the crock pot it will pull apart?

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Re: It just started to cook!
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2011, 04:18:14 AM »
I find that pretty much any cut of beef will tenderize perfectly in the crock pot.  The only time I've had a problem was when I cooked a large roast and didn't give it enough time (like, seven hours or something).  Twelve hours should be more than sufficient.

Also, I HATE that about slow cookers.  All those wonderful smells for hours and hours.  I do a lot of crock pot cooking.  It's definitely good practice for self-control!


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Re: It just started to cook!
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2011, 04:21:08 AM »
Oooh, yum! I agree, the temptation is a killer.

However, I think you have forgotten the Golden Rule (which I just made up now) of posting about home-cooked food: recipe, please?  :P :)

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Re: It just started to cook!
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2011, 12:06:02 PM »
The meat fell apart perfectly! So now I had to shred it this morning with no breakfast. It's amazing I didn't eat half of it.

Here's the recipe. Large crockpot -

about 6 or 8 lbs of beef, usually chuck, but I guess you can do it with Top Sirloin now too. Whichever is on sale: I usually buy two decent size chuck roasts, this time I used three large top sirloin
1 Lg Onion
3 or three medium tomatoes (or how many you have on hand)
1 bunch cilantro
1 bulb garlic
1 jar salsa
2 small can diced chilies

Salt & Pepper beef, cover heavily in cummin (you can not be heavy handed enough with the cummin)
Throw in a handful or two of crushed red pepper

Cook 12 hours on high.

In the morning shred the beef, I usually use two pans, one for shredding and to keep the fat and veggies in and one to put the "cleaned" beef.

Strain the juices. At this point I taste and usually add more cummin and some granulated garlic. Poor juice over beef.

Now this is the important part. Freeze it. The freezing and reheating softens the meat even more and allows it to really suck up the juices.

It usually takes about 4 hours to reheat it from the frozen state, Serve however you like your meat- crispy tacos, or flour tortillas for burritos.

I've been told that this taco meat is better than the barbacoa from Chipoltle (I'm not sure about that)  and I've had both kids and adults beg me to make it. Our 14 year-old nephew from France, ate it straight from a bowl, when I told him he needed to put it in a taco or burritos said there was no reason to pollute it with the anything else.

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Re: It just started to cook!
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2011, 12:12:48 PM »
Now for the salsas recipe:

canned tomatoes
fresh tomatoes
garlic (lots of)
cilantro
1 or 2 fresh red cayenne pepper (this is important it's the pepper that makes the taste)
onion

Put in blender and blend. Add salt & pepper and a dash of sugar to taste.

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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2011, 12:22:32 PM »
Ooooh I am SO bookmarking this. That sounds wonderful.

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Re: It just started to cook!
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2011, 12:28:14 PM »
That sound delicious, I think I can smell it also.  I will be making this soon!
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Re: It just started to cook!
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2011, 03:55:09 PM »
I think I love you.  Chipotle is a regular expense I can no longer justify, but I would gladly live on nothing but barbacoa.  Thank you!


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Re: It just started to cook!
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2011, 04:17:38 PM »
I think I love you.  Chipotle is a regular expense I can no longer justify, but I would gladly live on nothing but barbacoa.  Thank you!
I'm sad for you.... :-[
But then again, there is NO Chipotle where I live!



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Re: It just started to cook!
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2011, 04:20:25 PM »
I think I love you.  Chipotle is a regular expense I can no longer justify, but I would gladly live on nothing but barbacoa.  Thank you!
I'm sad for you.... :-[
But then again, there is NO Chipotle where I live!

Oh, I'm SO sad for you.  Just thinking about it makes me hangry.  I used to eat there once a week; I'd grab a burrito while I waited for the bus to take me to work.  Now we go every few months. 

It's enough.  Just enough.  For now.


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Re: It just started to cook!
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2011, 04:39:20 PM »
I think I love you.  Chipotle is a regular expense I can no longer justify, but I would gladly live on nothing but barbacoa.  Thank you!
I'm sad for you.... :-[
But then again, there is NO Chipotle where I live!

Oh, I'm SO sad for you.  Just thinking about it makes me hangry.  I used to eat there once a week; I'd grab a burrito while I waited for the bus to take me to work.  Now we go every few months. 

It's enough.  Just enough.  For now.


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Re: It just started to cook!
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2011, 04:41:55 PM »
I think I love you.  Chipotle is a regular expense I can no longer justify, but I would gladly live on nothing but barbacoa.  Thank you!
I'm sad for you.... :-[
But then again, there is NO Chipotle where I live!

Oh, I'm SO sad for you.  Just thinking about it makes me hangry.  I used to eat there once a week; I'd grab a burrito while I waited for the bus to take me to work.  Now we go every few months. 

It's enough.  Just enough.  For now.


mrs JWine, your baby is TOO cute!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE the caption!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks.  She is also hangry most of the time.  :)

(I really should update; she's over a year older now)


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Re: It just started to cook!
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2011, 04:44:29 PM »
I think I love you.  Chipotle is a regular expense I can no longer justify, but I would gladly live on nothing but barbacoa.  Thank you!
I'm sad for you.... :-[
But then again, there is NO Chipotle where I live!

Oh, I'm SO sad for you.  Just thinking about it makes me hangry.  I used to eat there once a week; I'd grab a burrito while I waited for the bus to take me to work.  Now we go every few months. 

It's enough.  Just enough.  For now.


mrs JWine, your baby is TOO cute!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE the caption!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks.  She is also hangry most of the time.  :)

(I really should update; she's over a year older now)

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Re: It just started to cook!
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2011, 05:02:59 PM »
This sounds so amazingly yummy!
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Re: It just started to cook!
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2011, 07:02:20 PM »
I just started drooling reading your recipe! Sounds yummy and will definately try it out!

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