Simple Crock Pot Beef

I asked my friend Erin to share an easy dinner idea for someone who doesn’t love cooking. I’ve known Erin since I was a little girl. She was creative before pinterest and has always been super crafty ever since I’ve known her. Her family is also super adventurous and introduced me to my first repelling and spelunking experiences. Erin is a lot of fun so make sure you stop by her site “a bird and a bean” and get inspired by her creativity. Take it away Erin!
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I want to share with you a great recipe perfect for an adventurous mom who will try anything from fencing to mud runs, but isn’t super excited about the adventure of cooking!

I spied this little beauty on Pinterest and just knew I had to try it out.
It’s a simple recipe, with only 6 ingredients and most of the work is done by a crock pot!!!
It’s a great dinner.  A family pleaser.
I made a few adjustments based on what I had in the fridge that I wanted to use up, so it’s very forgiving!

The original recipe is from The Food Pusher.  She called them Chile Colorado Burritos.  I’ve never seen those on a menu when we go out for Mexican.  But, these are so delicious, I’m going to start looking.  But, actually now that I can make them at home, I guess I don’t have to!  haha
My husband kept asking (with his mouth full), “You really made these?”

I made rice and beans to go with them.
But, chips and salsa would be great too!
I would’ve dressed them up with sour cream and olives and cilantro or something, but I was fresh out.
You could do a whole Mexican thing for dinner or you could just have these! They are that good!
Crock Pot Beef Burritos
(aka Chile Colorado Burritos)
adapted from The Food Pusher
What you need:

2 pounds beef cubed (top sirloin or other)
I used round steak and cut it into large 2 inch squares

1 large can mild enchilada sauce (at least 19 oz.)
I used one large can and one small can

2 beef bouillon cubes

5-7 burrito size flour tortillas

1 cup or so of shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 can refried beans (optional)
I opted out since I made a side of rice and black beans


I also added a diced onion, a diced bell pepper and diced tomatoes since I had them.
So, you can really adjust this to suit your family.

What you do:

Put beef, bouillon, and enchilada sauce into a crock pot and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until meat is very tender.
When beef is done it’s very tender and flakes off when stirred.
Mine smelled fantastic about 4 hours in.  I tasted a piece.  It was delicious.  I thought it was perfect.  But, I let it go ahead and cook the rest of the time and I AM GLAD I DID!
It was sooo tender after the full 8 hours.  Much better than it was at 4 hours.
When it’s finished…….taste and add more salt, if desired.
If you are opting in for the refried beans, heat them up now.
Heat up a tortilla (in the microwave covered in a damp paper towel or in the oven on broil for a minute)
Lay out the warmed up tortilla.
Place about 1/2 cup of the meat, drained by using a slotted spoon, and a spoonful or two of beans on the tortilla.
Roll ’em up into a burrito like so.
Pour some of the remaining enchilada sauce from the crock pot over the burrito to cover it.
Sprinkle with some cheddar cheese.
Broil until cheese is bubbly and melty and perfect.  (about 2-4 minutes)

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Thanks for having me!  It’s fun to be a guest of the adventure mom!  If you liked this recipe, come on over to a bird and a bean sometime and have a look around.  We’d be happy to have you!

4 thoughts on “Simple Crock Pot Beef”

  1. Wow! these look wonderful….going to get the ingredients tomorrow. I am hoping that flour tortillas will not fall apart…they are my husbands preferred tortilla. I like the use of meat instead of burger…although, I always have burger in the freezer…I bet I could use Sunday roast that gets leftover…mmmmmm….thanks so much…

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