Tyler Florence’s Crock Pot Roast Beef Tacos

Crockpot Beef Tacos

Easy Crock Pot Roast Beef Tacos.  And what about that flavor?  Just let me tell you, it shows up for the party.

I work in the Real Estate Industry as a Sales Executive for Heritage Title. What’s a title Insurance company? We do a lot of important things to insure against fraud, but we’re most famous for our end result where we gather Realtors, Lenders, Buyers and Sellers around a closing table and make everyone sign documents until their hands cramp and then we hand over the keys to the American dream, a new home. It’s either feast or famine in our business, and let me tell you it’s a feeding frenzy feast right now. Buyers are standing in line to preview homes, multiple offers are flying into seller’s hands which results in bidding wars with sellers getting $20 to $30 thousand over the listing price. What does all this boil down to? It’s a great time to sell a home and with interest rates still so low, it’s also a good time to buy. And all of us in the industry are running so fast to keep up that we’re out of breath. That’s a good thing.

This crock pot roast beef taco recipe was a life saver this week. Easy and with plenty of leftovers for a couple of quick dinners. Simple with seasoning and big on flavor, the meat went into the crock pot before I went to work and I arrived home to an aromatic party that filled every nook and cranny of our house.

I used a tri-tip roast, and as with any slow cooked meat, it was fall apart, melt in your mouth wonderful. This recipe caught my eye because we’re fans of ancho chili powder. And simply adding cumin, cayenne and bay leaves, I knew the flavors would be to our liking. Served with shredded cabbage, guacamole, or sliced avocado and your favorite salsa and you’ve got a great treat. The recipe calls for frying and shaping your own tacos but I just heated up soft white corn tacos. Give this one a try.

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Tyler Florence Crock Pot Roast Beef Tacos
  • 2 pounds beef shoulder
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, (recommended: San Marzano)
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • 6 fresh medium corn tortillas
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 cups finely shredded white cabbage
  1. Season all sides of the beef with a fair amount of salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven, or other heavy pot that has a tight cover, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over moderately high heat. Add the garlic and the beef to the pot, browning the meat on all sides, taking the time to get a nice crust on the outside. Add the onion and allow to lightly brown, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the crushed tomatoes, plus 1 tomato can of water, spices, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and add enough water to cover the meat. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer with a lid for 3 hours until the meat is fork tender. Let meat cool in the liquid. Shred meat and set aside.
  3. Heat a large pot of oil over medium heat. When oil reaches 350 degrees F, fry the corn tortillas 1 at a time. Place the tortilla in the oil and wait about 30 seconds. Then use the handle of a wooden spoon to press down into the center of the tortilla and fold it in the middle. Hold down for a few seconds waiting for the tortilla to form into taco shell and then drain on paper towels. Season with salt.
  4. Or heat soft corn tortillas by wrapping them in a clean dish towel that's been dampened with water. Place in gallon size plastic storage bag. Don't seal the bag. Place them in the microwave and cook for two minutes at 50% power. Let them steam in the bag for 4 minutes before removing.

Tyler Florence’s Crock Pot Roast Beef Tacos … It’s What’s for Dinner.

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  1. says

    (Sure wish I’d sold when there was a buying frenzy. Although there are so many condos down here, they don’t sell as well as homes.)
    My crock pot is long gone, Lea Ann. I’m always tempted when I see so many slow cooking recipes, but then my family is grown and moved out of this area, so when I see something I’d like to make, I adapt it to stovetop. So thanks in advance for that…this looks marvelous and I love Tyler recipes!

    • says

      Sometimes you just can’t time major decisions like that at just the right time. You and Sam have both given up your crockpots. You need to get at least a small one. Great to hear from you Barbara.

  2. says

    Lea Ann,

    We really enjoy tacos and I do need to use my crock pot more! Every day seems to be a busy day in our lives, even with every attempt to simplify! So glad to hear the real estate market is picking up. We have a condo that my husband inherited that is in Florida. It has been for sale for 2 years and only lookers. We keep lowering the price, putting money into it to update it, but still no takers! And it is right on the inter coastal waterway! I keep praying for this burden to be removed from our lives! Keep sending the positive vibes!

    • says

      Yes, I have friends that own property in Florida and they’ve tried to sell it for years. Really a good time to buy there. I’m so sorry to hear it’s a burden. Darnit. Positive vibes are headed your way.

  3. says

    So you’re the lady that knows the whole closing by heart. Just was there and she was amazing how she knew the answers to everything and explained up front anything that needed explanation.

    Cooking the tacos in the crock pot sounds like a great idea. Wish I hadn’t given mine away. BTW, I can now follow you on Feedly and Bloglovin’, so when I disappear from your mail list, you’ll know what happened to me. Sure don’t want to miss any good eats as Alton Brown would say.

    • says

      Actually, it’s our closers that are the expert, I sell them and their knowledge and expertise. I’ve got about 4 crockpots, I’d be glad to give you one. :)

  4. Larry says

    Looks and sounds delicious LA and glad to hear business is booming. My daughter is a realtor and says she has been very busy also. This is coming to you from an RV park in Sevierville, TN as we are finally having our maiden voyage.

  5. says

    That’s what it was like when we bought our house two years ago… we probably paid about $5-8K more than we should have, but what can you do…. guess just hope it’s the same way when it’s time to sell :)
    This taco recipe sounds divine!! And love the simplicity of making it in the crock pot!

  6. says

    It’s the greatest thing to come home to a crock pot meal after a long day at work. The house smells so good and it’s like there was no work to it! This sounds like a really good recipe.

  7. says

    So I’m totally craving beef tacos now, betch ya I have them before the end of the week. It’s such good news that the housing market is taking an upward turn!

  8. says

    These sound perfect for a busy day – which I have plenty of these days with gardening season upon us! Burning up all of those calories I deserve a few tacos :)

  9. says

    Shredded beef with those wonderful seasonings sounds like something I would love. Tri tip always cooks up so nicely, too.

    It’s so exciting to see the real estate market pick back up. I have always considered my home equity to be my golden ticket investment and was just sick when my best asset lost its ass. :-)

    • says

      I’m loving my Costco try-tips. Well, I’ve been buying them for years and years. I just did a Santa Maria Tri-tip and will be blogging about that one. So wonderful. Hopefully your equity is seeing better days. Always a roller coaster.

  10. says

    That sounds fantastic and yes, the leftovers rock. I could see putting a little of this, some diced veggies on a tostada and topping it with a fried egg for breakfast.

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