I modified Mario Batali’s spiced beef taco recipe for the slow cooker. This easy crock-pot recipe produces tender meat that can be used in many different ways.
I was tooling around The Chew’s recipe index looking for some inspiration when I came across Mario Batali’s beef tacos recipe. I wasn’t in the mood for tacos in particular but I had found my inspo! Below in the recipe box is my modified version. Outside of not serving this in taco-form, I didn’t modify too much. I mainly I just lowered the salt amount and added a sliced bell pepper and fresh cilantro.
After & ready to shred.
I did something different with my meat this time and added it to spaghetti squash for a nice low-carb meal. If I must admit so, this came out fantastic! Below is what I did. It picks up after the final step of the instructions in the box.
2 lb spaghetti squash, cooked
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
Add approximately 1 pound of the shredded beef to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook spaghetti squash using your preferred method. Once cooked, let cool then rake a fork back and forth across the squash to remove its flesh into spaghetti-like strands. Add the shredded spaghetti squash strands, spinach, tomatoes to the skillet and toss until warmed through. If it’s a little dry, add 2-4 tbsp or more of the beef juice from the slow cooker to the skillet.
- 2 lbs beef roast (cut into chunks)
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 1 bell pepper, sliced
- 1 tbsp ground chipotle chili
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp ground coriander
- 2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
- In a small bowl, blend together chipotle chili, cumin, coriander and salt.
- Add onion and bell pepper to the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Add beef on top.
- Pour seasoning into the slow cooker making sure it gets on all the ingredients. Use your hands to press the seasoning into the beef.
- Cook HIGH 3-4 hours or LOW 6-8.
- Remove meat from slow cooker and shred with fork. Put meat back in slow cooker until ready to serve.
Healthy. This recipe for example is whole-30 compliant, gluten-free, paleo, low-carb, low-sodium and low-fat. To top it off, it’s really easy and affordable. I’m all about healthy slow cooker meals. If a crock-pot recipe has ‘cream of’ in it, don’t use it. There’s no need nowadays with so many other options. You can of course use this meat for a variety of purposes, you don’t have to limit it to this recipe with spaghetti squash. Originally Batali made this a taco recipe so the meat is obviously great served in some warm tortillas. OR if you want to keep it low-carb, add the protein to a nice salad.