Thankful Thursday (a day late)…CrockPots

Thankful Thursdays (a day late)…CrockPot edition!

I am a huge fan of crock pot cooking. It is easy, pretty much mess free, but does take some planning. I typically cook a meal in my crock pot once or twice a week during the cold, winter months and just about everyday in the summer. I love the idea of having your whole meal (well almost a whole meal in some cases) ready to serve and enjoy when you come home from a long day of running around town with errands to do, play dates to attend, doctor appointments, school functions, etc.

This was the case for us yeaterday. We had  lots of running around to during the day while the big kids were in school, and then piano lessons after school, so dinner was not a worry for me since I placed  it in the crock pot in the AM. I did, however, forgot to turn the thing on right away, about 30 mins later I realized that silly fact and turned it on so dinner could actually cook…LOL

Wondering what was on the menu? Shredded Salsa Beef…and it was YUMMY!

Shredded Salsa Beef

INGREDIENTS:

  • Beef Roast of your choice (I like to use chuck roast)
  • 24 oz jar of salsa (we like the MEDIUM salsa from Aldi)
  • Tortillas (flour for the kids, sun-dried tomato for mommy)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese (as much as your heart desires)
  • Sour Cream (heading spoonful)

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place beef in crock pot on medium-high for 6-8 hours.’Dump’ whole jar of Salsa over beef. I always place it in frozen so I opt for the longer cooking time.
  2. Once roast has cooked down and becomes tender, take out of crock pot to shred. Save about 1 cup of the juice and discard the rest. I try not to save a lot of the chunks of salsa, my kids don’t care for their veggies like that. Once beef is shredded, place back into pot with the reserved juice. Simmer on low/warm until ready to serve.
  3. Serve with cheese and sour cream, and whatever else you wish.

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SERVING OPTIONS:

In our family, each member likes their beef served a different way.

  1. Quesadillas- we don’t have a quesadilla maker so we go old school…place one tortilla in a frying pan with desired amount of beef, a nice heaping handful of shredded cheddar cheese and layer another tortilla. Heat until lightly brown and crispy on one side, flip and repeat. Cut into triangles and serve with a spoonful of sour cream
  2. Walking Tacos-In a single serving bag of Doritos or Fritos Corn Chips place desired amount of beef, cheese and sour cream into the bag. Eat it right out of the bag with a fork
  3. Salad-over lettuce of choice place a scoop of beef, cheese, and sour cream
  4. Plate of trash (LOL)- this is how my little girls like to eat (just about anything and everything) because they like it all but are SUPER messy. Place a little bit of beef, chips, cheese, and sour cream on a plate and ENJOY!!!!

 

In the end…our tummies are full, the fridge is full of leftovers and the kitchen is not that big of a mess (which is my favorite part). I hope that your family enjoys this meal as much as my family does!

 

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