slow cooker essentials: achiote shredded beef

a recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

Served this on Cinco De Mayo, for one of the fillings on the taco bar. It comes out fork tender, and the spices give it Mexican flavor notes with a hint of lime. Perfect for things like tacos or served on a plate with Mexican rice and warm tortillas. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves Several
prep time 4 Hr
cook time 4 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For slow cooker essentials: achiote shredded beef

  • PLAN/PURCHASE
  • 3 - 4 lb
    chuck roast, cut into chunks or strips
  • 1/4 c
    achiote paste, recipe link to follow
  • 3 Tbsp
    orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp
    lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tsp
    tamari sauce, or liquid aminos
  • SERVING ITEMS
  • mexican rice
  • tortillas, flour, or corn
  • lime wedges
  • queso cheese

How To Make slow cooker essentials: achiote shredded beef

  • 1
    PREP/PREPARE
  • 2
    You will need a slow cooker, crockpot, or Insta Pot, to make this recipe.
  • 3
    Where’s the Beef I tried this using several different cuts of beef, and I found that a chuck roast, with all its marbling, is the best for this recipe.
  • 4
    Achiote paste is a staple in many Mexican recipes. Here is the recipe that I use: https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sauce-spread/seasoning-mix/south-of-the-border-essentials-achiote-paste.html
  • 5
    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  • 6
    Cut up the roast into large chunks or strips.
  • 7
    Place into a non-reactive bowl, and thoroughly coat the beef with the achiote paste.
  • 8
    Cover and place into the fridge for 2 – 3 hours, or overnight.
  • 9
    Mix together the orange juice, lime juice, and tamari sauce in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  • 10
    Remove beef from the fridge, add to the bowl of your slow cooker, then pour the cooking liquid over the top.
  • 11
    Seal and cook on high for two hours, and then on low for 2 hours.
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    12
    Check it after the second hour of slow cooking, and it should be fork tender. If it is not, then give it about another 30 minutes or so.
  • 13
    Shred the beef using two forks, then place back into the slow cooker (on warm) until ready to serve.
  • 14
    PLATE/PRESENT
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    15
    Serve as a filling for tacos, or on a plate with some rice and tortillas. Enjoy.
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    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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