Easy, Shredded Taco Beef in the Slow Cooker

Chicken tacos are a staple in my house. It’s an easy go-to when I don’t know what else to make. One week when I told my husband I was going to make them – again – he asked me, “Why don’t you ever make beef tacos?” After that, it became my mission to figure out a great, equally-easy beef taco recipe. This is the winner.

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This is the best kind of slow cooker recipe – you just dump and go. Even better, it only takes three ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Beef Gyros – 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

I have made several different versions of gyros sandwiches.  I’ve made them with chicken.  I have a meatball version in my ebook.  But this time I wanted to try making a beef version.  And because we’re focusing on the slow cooker this summer, of course I had to use my favorite small appliance to make them.

slow cooker beef gyros

 

Every time I make gyros, I serve them with this simple cucumber/yogurt sauce.  I know there are other toppings, but this one is so easy and I don’t have to look up how to make it.  Easy cooking is how I roll.

The ingredients for these Beef Gyros are simple too.  You probably have everything you need in your pantry now, with the exception of dried mint leaves.

Here’s what you’l need (minus the garlic, which didn’t make it into the photo):   [Read more…]

Beef Shwarma in the Slow Cooker

beef shwarma in the slow cooker

 

We loved this meal!  First, because it just tastes great.  It’s a bit of a change from the normal fare.  Tender beef cooked with mid-East flavors, stuffed in pocket bread.  I served it with cucumber-yogurt sauce instead of the more traditional tahini sauce.  Either way is delicious.

I also love that it cooks in the crockpot.  And leftovers can easily be reheated for lunch or for those nights when we are eating in shifts due to work and soccer practices.

I adapted the recipe from Chicken Shwarma.  Both are tasty, but I think I have a slight preference for this beef version.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more…]

10 Minute French Dip Sandwiches

I always feel like life is supposed to slow down after the holidays, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. This is one of my go-to meals for busy days – it’s on the table ten minutes after I walk into the kitchen. You really can’t beat that!

I recommend about a quarter of a pound of roast beef per adult to make a good, hearty sandwich. And with bubbly cheese and Italian seasoning, it doesn’t feel like you’re eating “just a sandwich” for dinner.

We usually serve these along with a big salad or veggies and dip.

10 Minute French Dip Sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 lb. roast beef
  • 4 long rolls
  • Mayonnaise
  • Italian seasoning
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
Instructions
  1. Add the beef broth to a large skillet over high heat. When the broth starts to steam, reduce heat to medium and add the roast beef and cover. Let warm for about five minutes, until the roast beef is no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven broiler. Slice rolls in half and place them on a baking sheet cut side up. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the top side of the buns and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  3. When the roast beef is warm, remove it from the broth using a slotted spoon or tongs and divide between the rolls. Lay two slices of cheese over the roast beef on each roll.
  4. Broil for 2-3 minutes, until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Serve with extra broth for dipping.

Kate is a home cook living and working in New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

Easy Crockpot Beef Fajitas

One of the most popular recipes on my site right now is one of the newest – Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas by EaH writer, Rachael.

I’ve been wondering about a beef version and some of you have had that thought too.  So I decided to give it a try.  This could not be easier and it’s really delicious too.  The house smelled fantastic the whole time it cooked.

I used beef cut for Milanesa, which I found in Walmart.  It’s top round that’s been cut extra thin.  You could use other cuts of beef too, but I really liked this very thin beef for this dish.  I also used a packet of fajita seasoning instead of taco seasoning.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce

My husband grew up in a traditional Italian family, which meant big pots of meatballs and gravy simmering on the stove every Sunday. Yes, gravy – that’s what Italians in the New Jersey area call red pasta sauce!

I have his grandmother’s recipes, but I rarely make them because I don’t have the time. These quick and easy meatballs simmer all day in the slow cooker instead of the stove, which makes them much better for a busy lifestyle. The smell of them simmering all day in the slow cooker smells almost as good as having a pot of gravy on the stove all day!

This makes very tender meatballs in a thick sauce. They’re perfect over pasta or on long rolls for meatball subs. If you want a thinner sauce, mix in some jarred tomato sauce fifteen minutes before serving.

Slow Cooker Meatballs

Serves: 4 servings, double the recipe to have 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • ½ large onion, shredded
  • ⅓ c. plain breadcrumbs
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ c. fresh basil, chopped
  • ¼ c. parmesan cheese, shredded, plus more for serving
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, shredded onion and breadcrumbs. Roll ground beef mixture into 1-1 ½ inch balls. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the crushed tomatoes, garlic, basil and parmesan cheese.
  3. Spread ½ cup of the tomato sauce mixture in the bottom of your slow cooker. Place the meatballs on top, and then cover with remaining sauce.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Serve over pasta or on long rolls. Top with additional parmesan cheese, if desired.

Kate is a home cook living and working in New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple

This has everything I love in a meal:

It’s simple to fix.  I’m pretty sure even the slowest cook could get this started in about 2.3 minutes.

There are only a few ingredients.

Everyone loved it!

In my book, that makes a nearly perfect weeknight meal.  The only downside (and it isn’t much of a downside) is that you’ll still need to fix a veggie and make the rice right before dinner.  Since those are both easy tasks, it’s no problem.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

African Pulled Beef Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker with Yogurt-Mint Sauce

Part of my family is heading to Disney World in a couple weeks.  Because I’m in the group going, I can’t seem to stay away from the Disney stuff.  That means I’ve been avidly reading the Disney Food Blog.  Disney and food are two of my favorite things.

The other day, I ran across this review of a new sandwich found in Animal Kingdom.  I knew I had to try to create this!  Of course, I have no idea what it tastes like, other than the way it is described in the post.  Maybe I’ll get to sample the real deal while I’m there, so I can compare my version and Disney’s.

However, I have to say that the review was a great inspiration.  My version turned out full of flavor and tender.  My family loved it too.  And the fact that it uses the slow cooker is a bonus.  There’s just enough spice to make it interesting and give the meat a lot of flavor, yet it’s not burn-your-tongue hot.

Here’s what you’ll need to make these sandwiches:  [Read more…]

No Recipe Required – 10 Ways to Cook Beef Roast or Other Cuts of Beef

Have a cut of beef in your freezer that you need to fix for dinner?  Not in the mood for a recipe?  No problem!

Here are some ideas to get you started.  No recipe required.

These ideas are for roasts or other cuts.  If you’ve got a nice steak, you’ll want to choose a different cooking method.

All of these ideas can be done in the oven or slow cooker.  The cooking time will depend on the cut of beef and how large the piece is.  As a general rule, beef roast or a round steak weighing about 2-3 lbs. will take 6-7  hours on high in the slow cooker.

9 ways to fix beef roast or other cuts of beef

  1. Salsa – any type.
  2. Diced tomatoes and green chilis.  Shred the meat and serve in tortillas or slice and serve with cornbread and veggies.
  3. Enchilada sauce, shred and serve in tortillas.
  4. Jar of gravy, add potatoes, carrots and onions cut in chunks.
  5. Cream of mushroom soup.  Serve with baked potatoes.
  6. Spaghetti sauce –  Pour over the meat.  Add green peppers and onions.  Serve over angel hair pasta.
  7. Bbq sauce – Shred or slice and serve on buns.
  8. Sprinkle with Italian seasonings, add onions, garlic and a splash of red wine.
  9. Bay leaf, rosemary, salt and pepper, red wine or beef broth.
  10. Make French Dip Sandwiches – Pour can of beef broth and 1 Tbs. worcestershire sauce over meat. Shred and serve on sub buns.

 

How to Use Your Oven as a Slow Cooker

Saturday was our first ever Virtual Freezer Cooking Day via Facebook.   I say first ever, because it was so much fun to cook with you all and it was so productive that I know I’ll want to do it again sometime.

I cooked 3 large pork roasts over night, plus an accidental ham.  (I thought it was something else, and by the time I figured out it was ham, it was too late.  It had to cook.)  There was no way all of that was going to fit in my slow cooker.

Oven to the rescue!  [Read more…]

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