Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Simple Supper

I've been trying to use my weekends to get ahead on week night meals and so far, so good!  Generally this means throwing something in the slow cooker on Saturday morning, giving it all day to get tender and delicious.  This weekend's slow cooker meal was no exception:  Slow-Cooler Chipotle Beef Tacos with Cabbage and Radish Slaw.

The recipe is from this month's Real Simple magazine and it is incredibly simple.  I totally recommend it; I'll be making it again.

Slow-Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos With Cabbage and Radish Slaw


3 pounds beef chuck, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 large onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 to 3 tablespoons chopped canned chipotles in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 bay leaves
kosher salt
4 cups thinly sliced cabbage (about 1⁄3 medium cabbage)
4 radishes, halved and thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
12 6-inch corn tortillas
sour cream, pickled jalapeño peppers, and hot sauce, for serving

1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, toss together the beef, onion, garlic, chipotles, oregano, bay leaves, and 1 teaspoon salt.
2. Cover and cook until the beef is very tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 3 ½ to 4 hours (this will shorten total cooking time).
3. Twenty minutes before serving, heat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage, radishes, cilantro, lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Wrap the tortillas in foil and bake until warm, 5 to 10 minutes.

4. Transfer the beef to a medium bowl (reserve the cooking liquid) and shred, using 2 forks. Strain the cooking liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into the bowl with the beef and toss to combine.
5. Fill the tortillas with the beef and slaw. Serve with the sour cream, jalapeños, hot sauce, and lime wedges.


Sleepwalker said...

This looks like something we'd absolutely love on a week night. We make fish tacos a lot, and black bean burgers, so I usually have partial cabbages and lime wedges waiting in the fridge to be used.

I Have To Have It said...

You'd like it. Simple and delicious. My slow cooker is my new best friend.

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