Shredded Beef for Tacos Recipe -
Shredded Beef for Tacos Recipe
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Shredded Beef for Tacos

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"This is the easiest meal you'll ever make. Being a mom of 8 and working I wanted to find something I can make for dinner with no effort. Start your roast in the morning before going to work it will be done when you get home. You don't even have to defrost the roast. If it is a defrosted roast, put it in around noon, it will be done at 5pm. I've had so many people ask for my recipe, and this is the first time I've let it out of my kitchen. Serve with corn tortillas, lettuce, cheese, and any other toppings you prefer."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    9 hrs

    9 hrs 10 mins


  1. Place the frozen roast in the slow cooker. Pour the wine and Mexican style hot tomato sauce over the top. Season with garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Cover, and cook on Low for 9 hours. When done, the roast should shred easily with a fork. Shred the roast into the juices, and mix in the chopped green onions and cilantro.
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  • Note
  • This recipe can also be made in the oven. Roast for 8 or 9 hours at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 08, 2005

Yes, you really do put it in frozen! Chuck roasts work too, but NOT English-cut roasts (too fatty). This is just excellent, a favorite of our family - which includes 2 toddlers. I do modify it: skip the wine, use a 16 oz jar of mild salsa (Paul Newman is best!), skip the garlic & S&P since these are in the salsa. Then I increase the cilantro to use the entire bunch. The first couple of times I did this with rump & chuck roasts and they just fell apart with a fork easily shredding it. Sometimes I add a can of black beans, rinsed, to increase the protein (I'm crazy that way). Leftovers are great in other "All Recipes" like Beef Enchiladas II with Sara's Red Enchilada Sauce or in Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup (can substitute your leftovers for the can of chicken and some of the broth if you have lots). Just a great recipe. Highly recommend!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 24, 2012

I was so excited to make shredded beef tacos at home. just was not very good. Not a lot of flavor. I want tacos like when we go out to dinner at a Mexican food restaurant.

Mar 22, 2007

Ok, I just finished serving these tacos to my family and wow...I mean WOW! What's better than throwing a hunk of frozen meat into the crockpot with a few other ingredients and leaving for the day, you ask? I'll tell you, it's coming home and having the meal not be mediocre, but actually INCREDIBLE! I followed the recipe exactly, and the meat was tender and the flavors mingled so well together. For those of you who had trouble finding the mexican hot tomato sauce, I found it at Wal-mart in the canned tomato section. Really, you must try this recipe, all 4 kids (even a picky 5 yr old) gobbled up their plates and had seconds. I warmed up some corn tortillas to wrap the meat, lettuce, cheese and sour cream in, then served these along side the Spanish Rice II recipe (also from this site), and delish! I'd give it more stars if I could. Thank you, Diana, for an easy and AMAZING meal!

Dec 29, 2004

Turned out wonderfully. I used a bottle of Corona instead of white wine. I also recommend adding just enough water to cover the roast completely. Great recipe.

Oct 16, 2006

I cooked up about 4-1/2 lbs of rump roast(weight after fat was trimmed off). It fed 9 adults and 4 children, not 16 as the recipe suggests. Unable to find Mexican tomato sauce, I used plain tomato sauce and added 1/2 tsp. ground cumin and 1-1/2 tsps. crushed oregano (not ground). The recipe made a juicy, delicious filling for our soft tacos. Our condiments included lime wedges, salsa, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and olives. The only thing that disappointed me was how difficult it was to shred the cooked rump roast. Next time I'll go back to using a less expensive boneless chuck, which shreds like a dream. Otherwise, this was a big winner in our family's book.

Oct 06, 2006

The best tacos I've ever had! I threw the meat in frozen, used El Pato Hot Tomato Sauce and poured enough water to cover the meat. I also added some garlic, salt & pepper. These shredded beef tacos can give Chipotle's tacos a run for their money.

Dec 02, 2006

I used cumin, beer and rotel (diced tomatoes/chilies) along with the mexican sauce. The beef shredded nicely and I froze individual portions (which we're now using for burritos and quesadillas). For the ease of making it, it gets 5 stars, however, it could've used something to give it a little more oomph, which is why it got 4 stars.

Sep 16, 2005

I was a little skeptical about the frozen roast, but everything was delicious. I used a light white wine (Chardonay) and made sure to skim some fat off before shredding. If you don't want to spend a long time with a spoon, try lightly laying a paper towel on top of the liquid to pick up the fat on top. Excellent flavor and great recipe!!!


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  • Calories
  • 180 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 50 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 8 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 20.1 g
  • 40%
  • Sodium
  • 178 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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