Beef braised with beer in a slow cooker makes for an easy weeknight dinner. Set it, forget it, and dinner will be ready whenever you are!
There are few kitchen appliances I can never do without, and ever since I’ve discovered the lifesaver that is the slow cooker, it ranks high up on the list. Slow cooker is a big help when it comes to putting healthy, homemade dinner on the table when you don’t have the time to be in the kitchen! James and I both have been working longer hours lately so we’ve been relying on this Set & Forget Programmable Slow Cooker my friends at Hamilton Beach recently sent me their for review.
Simple and versatile recipes like this Beer-Braised Beef Tacos is exactly what I need when I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. It doesn’t take too much effort to put all of the ingredients in the slow cooker before I go to work, and at the end of the day, I come home (the apartment smells amazing too!) to a pot of flavorful, perfectly tender, and succulent beef. I use the filling for tacos, but you can also use it in enchiladas, sandwiches, or quesadillas.
Anyway, more about the slow cooker. The first thing I noticed about it was its size. It’s a 6-quart slow cooker, which is bigger than most other slow cookers on the market, and that’s a plus in my book. Even though I’m cooking for two, I’m all about cooking once and eating twice. Sometimes I even double the recipe so that I can freeze part of it for another meal! Also, the container size is perfect for cooking bone-in meats like pork ribs. In fact, I’m dying to try this Slow Cooker Easiest Ever Ribs recipe — looks like I can fit the entire rack of ribs without having to trim it down.
Another practical feature of this slowcooker is that it comes with a meat thermometer and a temperature function, which is perfect for cooking meats (like pork tenderloin) that need to reach specific internal temperatures. All you have to do is insert the probe into the meat, set the desired meat temperature, and the slow cooker automatically shifts to the keep warm setting once the temperature is reached. No more undercooked or overdone meat!
Hamilton Beach kindly offered to give away a Set & Forget Programmable Slow Cooker to one reader! If you’d like to win one of these fantastic Hamilton Beach slowcookers, head down to the bottom of this post and follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter app.
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo
- 1 tbsp adobo sauce, or more to taste
- 2 plum tomatoes, quartered
- 1 medium white onion, quartered
- 8 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 4-oz can diced green hatch chiles
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 bay leaves
- 2.5 lbs beef chuck, fat trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 bottle Mexican beer (I used Corona)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Corn tortillas, for serving
- Toppings such as tomatoes, queso fresco, avocados, for serving
- Add chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, tomatoes, onion, and garlic, hatch chiles, chili powder, cumin, coriander, and salt to a food processor and puree until smooth.
- Place the mixture in a slow cooker. Add bay leaves, beef, and beer. Cover and cook until the meat is tender, about 4-5 hours on high heat or 7-8 hours on low heat. Discard the bay leaves. Remove beef and shred the meat with forks. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Return shredded meat to the sauce. Serve with tortillas and your choice of toppings.
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As part of Hamilton Beach’s Brand Ambassador program, I was provided the product for review and giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own.