Southwestern Beef

I love this recipe! It comes from one of my favorite sites, Our Best Bites. I also love it because it is a Mexican dish which my family loves. Plus it’s made in a crock pot. I love a good crock pot meal!

The flavor of this meat is fabulous!It includes two spices that I love together, chili powder and cumin. We had it as a taco but it would be terrific on a tostada, quesadilla, burrito, enchilada, or whatever you can think of. It really has a great flavor. I used a can of regular rotel and it wasn’t too spicy for my family and my family doesn’t tolerate much spice. It just had a nice little bite to it.

Southwestern Beef | realmomkitchen.comKate at Our Best Bites is the one who shared it. It was a recipe that she adapted from McCormick. All day long, while this was cooking, my family kept saying how wonderful dinner smelled. I also served it on some new fabulous tortillas I found at the store. They were from La Tortilla Factory. They are called Hand Made Style Corn Tortillas, a unique blend of corn and wheat. They were really yummy. They were like a cross between a flour tortilla and a corn one. It was more of the texture of a flour tortilla but with the flavor of the corn tortilla. Loved them.

For those of you in Utah, I’ve seen these tortillas and Macey’s and Harmons, so I would guess any Associated Foods stores would have them. I also included a picture or the meat in a regular flour tortilla, that’s how my hubby ate it. Thanks for this recipe Kate!

Southwestern Beef |

Southwestern Beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2½ lb. or so beef roast, trimmed of fat but left whole (I used a rump roast)
  • 1 heaping tsp chili powder
  • 1 heaping tsp garlic powder
  • 1 heaping tsp cumin
  • 1 heaping tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 bell peppers (you can use 2 green bell peppers or mix it up a little with red, yellow, or orange; just make sure one is green. I only used 1 green), chopped
  • 1 (14½ oz) can Mexican-style diced tomatoes OR 1 can of Rotel tomatoes (regular or mild, depending on your preference)
  • Small flour tortillas
  • Desired toppings: salsa or pico-de-gallo, guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, etc. (I just did pico and guac)
  1. Place chopped onion in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Combine seasonings in a small bowl and then rub seasoning mixture all over the roast. (I had some leftover).
  3. Place roast over onions, top with chopped peppers, and then pour the canned tomatoes on top of everything.(I just spooned mine over the roast)
  4. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 8-9 hours then shred the meat with two forks. Then serve with desired toppings!
FREEZER MEAL INSTRUCTIONS: Place tomatoes in the bottom of a freezer safe container. Place green peppers on top of tomatoes, then the seasoned roast, then the onions. When ready to cook, invert the container so the tomatoes are on top and cook 1-2 hours longer than the original recipe states. Or make ahead and freeze the cooked meat.


The La Tortilla Factory Hand Made Style Corn Tortillas


These are the original photos from this post. The above photos were updated in January 2015.

20 comments on “Southwestern Beef

  • We just had these for our second night in a row….OUTSTANDING! I don’t think I will be able to use ground beef for any kind of tacos again. Great recipe! Thanks!

  • Okay I have been a reader of your blog for a VERY long time! I am finally leaving a comment! I LOVE all your recipes! They seriously NEVER fail. I have this in the crock pot today for after church and can’t wait to try it!

  • My husband and I LOVE this recipe! I like to make them more of a soft burrito with nice cold lettuce, sour cream and a little avocado and lime. it makes it so fresh! MMmmm!

  • I made this last night for our New Year’s Eve gathering. It was very good and everyone enjoyed the build-your-ownness of the dish. Thank you!

  • I made this yesterday – it was so easy and very tasty! I used the same tortillas that you mentioned and we made soft tacos. At Harmon's they sell those tortillas in the gourmet section, not with the regular tortillas. They are pricier but very good.

  • This is the perfect time of year for a new slow cooker recipe! Thanks!

  • My mouther is LITERALLY watering. Delicious!

  • I love using my crockpot and I LOVE Mexican food, so I'm very happy to have found this recipe! Thanks!

  • I'm so glad crockpot recipes are back again, so easy and delicious! I just started using Rotel tomatoes last year and love them!

  • Next time I'm at Macey's I'll look for those tortillas. My daughter and her family is coming for a week-long visit. I'm putting this on the menu!
    I follow Our Best Bites with Kate and Sara…I wonder if I starred this from their blog as well, or if I just somehow missed it.

  • I'm so glad you liked it!! 🙂 I'll have to try out those tortillas!

  • This looks wonderful. And I'll have to look for those tortillas – yum!

  • That looks delicious and easy…my favorite combo 🙂

  • Nice meal

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