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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.