Mexican Shredded Beef (Machaca)

Mexican shredded beef easily made in the crock pot or slow cooker.
Mexican Shredded Beef (Machaca)

Mexican Shredded Beef (Machaca)

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

As I recall, the first time I ever made beef machaca at home I used a recipe from a cookbook called Mexican Cookery by Barbara Hansen. We’d had shredded beef a number of times in different things when dining out at Mexican eateries: chimichangas, enchiladas, burritos, in tacos, etc. So I really was excited when I came across that recipe and tried it. Barbara’s version is braised on the stove top. Over the years I have simplified the recipe for machaca, stripping it down to a bare-bones version I could throw into the slow cooker, since I didn’t enjoy hanging about the stove for several hours.

It has a basic flavor, because it is meant to be put into other things, as I stated above. It is also a basic recipe, and I post it to reference in recipes I will be publishing later on, as we enjoy machaca frequently when I cook Mexican food at home.

I know you will enjoy it, and while you are waiting for specialty recipes to post, feel free to cook this up and throw it on a soft warm tortilla with a sprinkling of chopped onion, cilantro, and spicy home made salsa.

Mucho gusto!

~Sue

Mexican Shredded Beef (Machaca)

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 8hr 15mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mexican Shredded Beef (Machaca)

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs boneless beef chuck roast
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup canned roasted green chilies or roasted poblano peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned adobo seasoning or seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Method:

  1. Place everything in the crock pot or slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until a fork (when inserted into the beef) can be easily twisted.
  2. Remove meat from crock, and when cool enough to handle, shred meat.

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com


Mexican Shredded Beef (Machaca)

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