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Machaca (Tex-Mex Shredded Beef)

Tex-Mex shredded machaca beef cooks to perfection in the slow cooker with chipotle and onion. This machaca recipe is especially tender and full of flavor! Use this machaca beef in tacos, quesadillas and more!

Authentic Mexican shredded machaca beef recipe in the crockpot. Delicious in tacos or with eggs!

Machaca Beef Recipe

This is part 2 of the Mexican food series I mentioned in my homemade flour tortillas post in honor of my grandma and mom’s birthdays.

This recipe is authentic Tex-Mex since Texas is where my mom was born.

It’s a tender, flavorful shredded beef that’s easy to make in the slow-cooker.

It’s got some kick from diced tomatoes with green chilies (Ro-Tel) and a few chipotle peppers.

Depending on your spice preference, you can control the heat level by adding more or less chipotles to your taste.

Authentic Mexican shredded machaca beef recipe in the crockpot. Delicious in tacos or with eggs!

What is machaca made out of?

Traditionally machaca is made out of dried beef. Since we no longer need to dry meat in order to preserve it I’m using boneless rump roast.

Back in the day they didn’t cook it in crockpots, but luckily we do! I promise it will be fall-apart tender by the end!

Authentic Mexican shredded machaca beef recipe in the crockpot. Delicious in tacos or with eggs!

It makes a wonderful taco filling for homemade flour tortillas. It also tastes great with eggs for breakfast or with a rice in homemade burrito bowls for dinner.

Authentic Mexican shredded machaca beef recipe in the crockpot. Delicious in tacos or with eggs!

But my favorite way to eat this is a “cook your own quesadilla bar.” Set up various fillings for everyone to make their own loaded quesadillas with a grilling station at the end.

Suggested fillings and toppings: machaca, various cheeses, pinto or black beans, sliced avocado, onions, cilantro, guajillo chile salsa and sour cream. Enjoy!

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Authentic Mexican shredded machaca beef recipe in the crockpot. Delicious in tacos or with eggs!

Machaca (Tex-Mex Shredded Beef)

Yield: 8-12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

Tex-Mex beef seasoned with chipotle and onion falls apart in the slow cooker. Great as a filling for tacos, quesadillas or served with rice and beans.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ to 3 pounds boneless rump or chuck roast, cut into 1-pound chunks
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, plus 1 tablespoon of sauce
  • 1 large onion, diced

Instructions

  1. Season beef with cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Place in slow cooker. Add tomatoes, beef stock, garlic, chipotles, adobo sauce and onion. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, until meat is tender and falls apart.
  2. Remove meat from slow cooker; reserve a cup of liquid. Strain out the tomatoes, chiles and onions and use as a “salsa” topping later, if desired. Shred the beef and moisten with reserved liquid if needed. Serve beef.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 245mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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Friday 12th of September 2014

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Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy

Tuesday 12th of August 2014

YUMMY! This sounds like a great dinner idea. Pinned!

Rebekah | The Kitchen Gidget

Wednesday 20th of August 2014

Most definitely! Thank you, Jen :-)

kwachtel90

Sunday 10th of August 2014

Looks amazing! I nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog today. Check it out if you want to participate:) -Kayla @ momentsdontcollectdust.com

Rebekah | The Kitchen Gidget

Wednesday 20th of August 2014

Thanks! I'm still thinking about it. :-D I haven't posted anything in 20 days...TWENTY DAYS!! Yikes lol

kleinworthco

Saturday 9th of August 2014

Jaw dropped! YUM! I so love shredded beef- this looks incredible! I can't wait to try it.

Rebekah | The Kitchen Gidget

Saturday 9th of August 2014

Thank you! And I love your email address lol. I'm a homeschool alum :-)

derekthezenchef

Friday 1st of August 2014

This is a bit unrelated, but I recently had a great dish in a Mexican restaurant in Seattle that featured "mole sauce." Do you have a recipe for that, or thoughts on how to make it? (I know there are a ton of variations, but just wondered about your thoughts on it.) All the best, D