Shredded Beef Tacos

I love making shredded beef for tacos or burritos. It’s simple to make and comes out so tender in a pressure cooker. I personally use a pressure cooker vs an Instant Pot. However, this recipe will reflect the Instant Pot!

This beef is even great just on it’s own, in a salad, in a taco, burrito or even in a wrap. It freezes wonderfully as well! Give it a try!

Shredded Beef Tacos

Ingredients:
Meat:
3-4 lb chuck roast, excess fat trimmed
2 T olive oil
3 C beef broth (or water)
2 t onion powder
2 t garlic powder
2 t cumin
2 t chili powder
2 t paprika
2 t salt
2 t pepper
1 medium onion, quartered, optional
2 jalapenos, quartered, optional

Taco:
6-8 taco shells, hard or soft
8 oz queso fresco, crumbled

Optional toppings:
diced onion
sour cream
cilantro
avocado
salsa

Direction: Mix all above seasonings into a bowl. Fully season the beef roast on both sides. Turn the pressure cooker to saute. Add in 2 T of olive oil. Make sure the the pressure cooker is ready.

Sear the roast on all sides about 3-4 minutes. Don’t forget the edges! You are looking for a nice brown exterior. Once browned, add in the beef broth and onion and jalapeno, (if using.) This will cook for 60-70 minutes, depending on the size. Let the pressure release naturally.

Once pressure is released, remove roast and put on a large cutting board or large bowl and shredded using 2 forks. I skim the fat off the top of the liquid inside the pot and add the juices to the meat. This give is a nice rich flavor.

Warm tortillas and assemble the tacos. Add a few spoonfuls of beef and then your desired toppings. My go to toppings for anytime I make steak or beef tacos is always, queso fresco, onion, cilantro, & sour cream. Yum! Enjoy!!

Note: This meat is great frozen. It freezes very well. You can put in a freezer safe container with some of the juices.

Instant Pot Shredded Beef

I love making shredded beef for tacos or burritos. It’s simple to make and comes out so tender in a pressure cooker. I personally use a pressure cooker vs an Instant Pot. However, this recipe will reflect the Instant Pot!

This beef is even great just on it’s own, in a salad, in a taco, burrito or even in a wrap. It freezes wonderfully as well! Give it a try!

Instant Pot Shredded Beef

Ingredients:
3-4 lb chuck roast, excess fat trimmed
2 T olive oil
3 C beef broth (or water)
2 t onion powder
2 t garlic powder
2 t cumin
2 t chili powder
2 t paprika
2 t salt
2 t pepper
1 medium onion, quartered (optional)

Direction: Mix all above seasonings into a bowl. Fully season the beef roast on both sides. Turn the pressure cooker to saute. Add in 2 T of olive oil. Make sure the the pressure cooker is ready.

Sear the roast on all sides about 3-4 minutes. You are looking for a nice brown exterior. Once browned, add in the beef broth and onion (if using.) This will cook for 60-70 minutes, depending on the size. Let the pressure release naturally.

Once pressure is released, remove roast and put on a large cutting board or large bowl and shredded using 2 forks. I skim the fat off the top of the liquid inside the pot and add the juices to the meat. This give is a nice rich flavor.

This meat can be served up with potatoes or noodles, your favorite veggie side or a salad. Or tacos & burritos!

Chili Cheese Baked Hot Dogs

Sometimes you just need a meal that’s more indulgent and a little fun! That’s where these baked chili cheese hot dogs come in. They are best eaten with a fork! They are fun to make, can be made super quickly and you only need a few ingredients! They are prefect for when you have friends over, after a night out drinking or just a fun meal for kids!

Chili Cheese Baked Hot Dogs

Ingredients:
1 package all beef hot dogs
1 can no bean chili
1 package hot dog buns
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup cheese sauce/dip, optional

Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. In an oven save dish add the hot dog buns with the hot dogs. Spoon on an even amount of chili over each hot dog. Sprinkle with onion and then cheese sauce (if using) finally sprinkle with shredded cheese. Put in the oven for 15 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve immediately! You’re need a fork!!


Simple Ground Beef Taco Salad

It’s no secret how much I love tacos.  I could eat them every single day!  I like to change it up with a quick taco salad every once in a while.  There is a lot of veggies and nutrients in a taco salad.  You can literally put any salad item you like into this.

This one I make is fairly traditional and simple. Take a look!

Simple Ground Beef Taco Salad

Servings: 2 Taco Salads

Ingredients:
12 oz lean ground beef
2 T taco seasoning (reduce sodium)
1/2 cup-3/4 corn, cooked
1/2 cup-3/4 black beans, drained
1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup, shredded cheddar cheese
8 cups lettuce, chopped
4 T cilantro, chopped

Sour cream:
1/2 Cup lite sour cream
1 lime, juiced
1/2 T extra virgin olive oil
2 t chili powder
1 t cayenne pepper
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t salt
1 t pepper

Directions:  In a medium bowl add in the sour cream, olive oil and lime juice and mix well.  Season the sour cream with seasonings above. Stir and set aside.

In a medium saute pan add in the ground beef, break up the meat as it’s cooking.  Season with the taco seasoning and completely brown the meat and cook through. (Note: If you aren’t using a lean beef, you may want to drain the fat prior to adding the taco seasoning, or drain on paper towel once cooked.)

For the corn and black beans you can put in  the salad warm, room temp or cold.  It’s really a preference.  Personally I warm the corn and black beans up slightly.

To assemble the taco salad, add 1/2 chopped lettuce to a bowl (4 cups), then top about 5-6 oz of ground beef, right in the middle.  Next add the rest of the toppings, black beans, corn, red onion, tomatoes, cheese, avocado and cilantro.

Top with a few dollops of your sour cream and serve!  I like to mix mine up so I get a little of everything with each bite.

Note: My taco bowl shown doesn’t have cilantro as I was out of it! I put in the recipe because I love it and I think everything Mexican food related should have it! 🙂 Also, you can easily substitute your favorite protein. Or add more beans for a vegetarian option.  There is no rules!

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Blue Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon

I love a good Filet Mignon!!  Having a tender piece of meat with a blue cheese crust is one of my favorite thing.  The first time I actually had it was a an upscale steak house.  It wasn’t soon after that I was attempting to make at home!  I was so surprised how it came out just like the restaurant. It’s not the healthiest, so I don’t make it often.

If you don’t love blue cheese like I do, you can definitely use a different cheeses. Parmesan or Romano cheese work wonderful too!

Blue Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 stick salted butter, softened
1/4 cup + 2 T breadcrumbs, Italian seasoned
4 T crumbled blue cheese
1/2 T Extra virgin olive oil
2 t Italian seasoning
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
1 t pepper
1 t garlic, finely minced or grated

Steak:
4-6 Filet Mignon, 6 oz each
Kosher salt
Pepper
1 T olive oil

Direction: In a medium bowl add stick of butter and smash down.  Sprinkle in the breadcrumbs and add in the seasoning (Italian Seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper.)

Next add in the garlic and blue cheese and mix together well. Make sure everything is fully incorporated.

Spread out plastic wrap and add the butter mixture into the middle. Fold over the plastic wrap and shape the butter into a thicker log.  Wrap tightly and place in the refrigerator for a few hours till it hardens.  Note: this butter will last 7-10 days in the refrigerator.

For the steak, season the meat generously with salt and pepper.  Heat a medium large skillet/cast iron to high heat.  Next add in the oil.  Sear the meat on both sides.  You will want to cook according to your taste.  I like mine medium rare, so I would cook it 3-4 minutes on each side depending on the thickness of the filet.

After the steaks are seared add them to a broiler safe dish/pan.  Slice the butter into about 1/2 inch discs. (Thicker if you want a thicker crust) Top the steaks with the butter, you may need 2 depending on the sides of the filets.

Place the steaks in the oven on broil for about 3-4 minutes. Watch the steaks and make sure the crust is nice and golden brown.  Too long and the crust will completely melt.  ( It will still be delicious, but not a crust)

Remove from the oven and let rest a few minutes before serving.  Serve with a nice baked potato.  Enjoy!

Filet Mignon Crostini

This is a little bit of an upscale appetizer.  Not overly fancy, but I guess people assume it’s fancy when they see the words Filet and Mignon!  This crostini is super simple to make.  You don’t have to use a filet, you can use any steak or any left over beef you have.  It’s better for a more tender piece of meat, but anything you have will do.

Think of this for your next party or even a fancy night in!

Filet Mignon Crostini

Ingredients:

Crostini:
1 baguette (about 10 oz) sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 t pepper
2 t salt

2 filet mignon steaks, (about 8 or 9 oz total)
2 t salt
2 t pepper
2 t steak seasoning (optional)
1 T olive oil
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
3 T horseradish
salt, sprinkling

Direction: Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange slices of bread on a large baking sheet. Brush both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown about 15-20 minutes. Once done, let cool.

In a small bowl mix together the ricotta and horseradish.  Set aside.

Rub oil over the steaks on both sides.  Seasoning the steaks with salt, pepper and steak seasoning on both sides.  Cook steaks the way you prefer.  Grill for 4 minutes on each side depending on grill temperature and thickness of the filets.  Once finished cooking let rest. Once rested, thinly slice the filet.

To assemble the crostini, spread a layer of ricotta mixture on top of the crostini.  Add a slice of the filet on top and finish with a light sprinkle of coarse salt. (This step is optional, just helps bring out the flavors)  Serve immediately.
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