Friday, September 16, 2011

Crock Pot Recipe for Tex-Mex Beef

Last night I was thinking about what I wanted to make in my crock pot, for dinner tonight. So found this recipe for Tex-Mex Beef Wraps. Well, of course the ingredients sounded just right, so what did I do???? Turned it into the best beef enchiladas!!!

I wanted it to be pretty much plain-jane, but next time will add more ingredients to it, to possibly make it even better. The reason, I didn't add extras this time was to taste the flavor by itself. I am impressed, it was great just as is.
Here are the ingredients for the wraps - chili powder, ground cumin, salt, ground red pepper, beef chuck pot roast, onion, garlic, salsa, tortillas (corn or floured), cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, tomato, cilantro, avocado. Basically you put everything into the crock pot up to the tortillas and cook all day. Then of course, take a tortilla and add the rest of the ingredients, roll it up and eat like a wrap.
The ingredients I used:

1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt (I use Kosher salt)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound boneless chuck roast
1/2 chopped onion
1/2 big red bell pepper, sliced thinely
1/2 cup salsa
1 can - 4 ounce tomato sauce
1 cubed tomato boullion
2 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled
2 cups water
Put all of this into your crock pot and cook on low for about 6 hours.
Beef should be tender enough to shred. Take out the roast and shred, set aside.

Take the juices and vegetables that are left in the crock pot and pour over a seive that is over a medium bowl. Save this sauce and discard the vegetables. (I didn't want to add them to my enchiladas.)
Put the sauce (juice) into a 3 quart pot and add a can of tomato paste, a little at a time to get to the consistency you want for the thickness you want, for your now home-made enchilada sauce. (This taste so good!)

When I know that I am making enchiladas, I have a pint size heavy cream on hand. Since I didn't know that I was making these today, I did with what I had on hand and that was plain home-made yogurt. With the cream I add to canned enchilada sauce and dip the tortillas in it, to make them soft when they bake. And also have two glass pie pans, one with red sauce and one with the cream in it. Well, I just wanted to make 4 enchiladas to try out with. And I saved the rest of the beef and sauce for another day.
So this evening, what I did was to take my cooking dish and put some sauce and yogurt in it, then dipped a tortilla in it.
Sauce and yogurt

Then added some more sauce and yogurt, beef and cheese and rolled it up.

Then I decided just to go ahead and put just the beef and cheese and roll each enchilada up.

Made four of them and baked them at 350 degrees, for 20 minutes.
After the 20 minutes, I put them on a plate, along with some applesauce. That was just right to cool off the spice of the enchiladas. It was a great dinner and worth the time to make them.
This was the first time, I made home-made enchilada sauce, and it was totally by accident. The juices looked to good to throw away and tasted of just the right spices for a sauce, but it was thin. So that is when I thought of the tomato paste, and it worked out great!
Of course, you could make the wraps or shredded beef tacos with this meat or whatever you might like! It is very tender and delicious! Isn't it fun to recreate something from an already great recipe?

1 comment:

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Glenda!

First, let me congratulate you on some awesome looking enchiladas! Holy goodness!!! I love every single thing you did to make them look so scrumptious!!! Boy oh boy, I sure wish I could have had just a nibble:)

Second, I'm not sure whether you are aware of this or not so I figured I would bring it to your attention. When I visit your blog, which I'm sorry to say has not been as often as I would like, I usually pop in from a link on my desk top. Not today. Today I landed on the dashboard profile page and when I clicked on the name of your blog, My Mom's Recipes in the list, it took me to a post dated August 26, 2011, not the current post. However, since I was pretty sure you had a more recent post, I thought rather than clicking the header which would probably have brought me to these mouth watering enchiladas, I clicked on "My Web Page" on the profile page and it did indeed lead me here.

Just thought I would let you know. Thanks for sharing, I'm now craving Tex-Mex!