Make every night taco night with slow-cooked, chipotle flavored Spicy Shredded Beef Tacos.
Do you taco Tuesday or pizza Friday or spaghetti Monday?
You know, I always wonder where these food themed nights come from but my theory resonates that it all goes back to school lunch days. Think about it, they had a set schedule that didn’t really deviate week to week and you just got used to having tacos on Tuesday and pizza on Friday. From there it seemed pretty obvious to go home and start begging for those meals on those days. After all – a home cooked version was going to be way better than anything you picked up at your school cafeteria.
We definitely had tacos (and pizza for that matter) on the regular at home but since Mexican food was not exactly my moms cooking forte, that was the one food she would end up shortcutting. Don’t get me wrong here, I loved my ground beef tacos with shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, black olives and hard shells growing up. Sometimes I even get a craving for it every now and then but man oh man were my eyes opened when I finally had my taste of authentic Mexican street tacos.
Say goodbye to those crispy shells, lettuce and shredded cheddar. Instead it’s all about the long simmered and incredibly flavorful meat piled into pillowy soft corn tortillas with hardly any toppings at all.
I fully admit though that I hardly cook tacos at home myself anymore. Why should I when I have access to great Mexican food just down the street from me (seriously I do!) or a hop on the bus for a quick ride to Sunset Park for taco trucks, restaurants and bodegas galore!
Sometimes though, sometimes the cravings strike. That’s where this shredded beef comes in handy.
What I love about this recipe is that it makes a ton and is more or less hands off for the entire two hours while it simmers away on your stove top. Your house starts to smell amazing while the chipotles in adobo, onions, dark beer and beef simmer away. You can absolutely go ahead and do this in your slow cooker but this recipe is so easy that the stovetop is my preferred way to go. Have this simmering while you take care of some house work, garden in the backyard, or watch some Netflix.
You’ll barely be into your Netflix binging before this is finished.
Once this beef is cool enough to be shredded, use it for any of your favorite Mexican meals. Tacos are my gold standard but this is awesome on nachos, in a burrito, torta or tostada!
p.s.: Pro-taco tip make sure those corn tortillas are double wrapped to avoid a soggy mess!