Back on that roast thing again, huh? Yes, I am. Why? Well, roasts are a really easy cut in my humble opinion. Especially when I get a wild hair and think “I wonder what this would be like???” ESPECIALLY with a crock pot. You really can’t mess up a roast in a crock pot.
So my latest include two variations of the Chuck Roast.
Mexican Shredded Beef
Get out your crock pot. I usually spray mine with non-stick spray… makes clean up a lot easier. Put the roast in.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and just for fun – some cumin. Cover with fresh cilantro. I cut mine in about ½ inch strips. Then dump a can of rotelle tomatoes (I used the ones with lime and cilantro). Hold on to the can – fill it about 1/3 full with lime juice and dump over the roast. Set the crock pot to low and cook all day, 8-10 hours.
NOTE: You won’t find a lot of measurements in my recipes. Remember what I said about roasts being forgiving with experimentation? Plus, measuring just means more dishes to wash and who has time for that?
Once ready to eat, shred the beef. We used ours for tacos.
My kids raved about them – without prompting, even. So this is definitely going to be on rotation. We had some leftovers so I’m contemplating doing a super nachos night or enchiladas. Or let’s face it. I will probably just be lazy and do tacos one more night but I can totally see lots of options for this dish.
Chuck Roast Steaks
Take a chuck roast – find the grain.
Cut with the grain into two inch slices.
Get your favorite marinade and immerse the slices in the marinade. I did 12 hours. NOTE: when using marinades, make sure there is an acid base such as tomatoes, lime juice, or vinegar. The acid is what will make the beef tender.
Once dinner time gets close, fire up the grill and cook as you would any ordinary steak. Let sit, covered for five to ten minutes before slicing. Since you sliced with the grain, you will have an easy time of slicing against the grain when ready to serve. And if you haven’t ever paid attention to how you slice beef, you should. The difference in tenderness is amazing.