Sonoran Shredded Beef Tacos
Sonoran Shredded Beef Tacos could not be easier to make and also make a popular dinner idea.
Chuck beef is simmered in a delicious sauce of onion, garlic, spices, tomatoes and beef stock. It is then shredded and served on corn tortillas with New Mexico Hatch Chile Sauce.
Living in Scottsdale Arizona, where there is a heavy Sonoran cuisine influence stemming from Mexico and New Mexico. Sonoran cuisine is Southwest Mexican dishes like tacos, enchiladas and chile rellenos.
Chuck roast holds up well to low and slow cooking and it basically tells you when it’s done because it will shred so easily with a fork. 2 hours is what works for me.
If you like pulled pork (which would also be so good if you’re not a beef eater, use pork shoulder) then you will fall in love with these tacos.
The spices used for this recipe are ancho chile powder to cumin and smoked paprika. A delicious, non-spicy combination that creates a really delicious sauce once the beef is finished cooking. There are instructions in the recipe how to thicken the sauce which is so good on the tacos.
It is currently hatch chile season. Hatch chiles are native peppers to New Mexico that are only in season from August to September.
Earlier this week, I made a really easy hatch chile sauce that is perfect for topping these tacos. The sauce is also good on any Mexican dish or snacking with tortilla chips. You can find the recipe for this sauce here New Mexico Hatch Green Chile Sauce.
Chefs cooking tip
Cut the beef into large 5 large pieces, it will cook faster as well as fitting better in the pan.
Sonoran Shredded Beef Tacos – Step by Step
Mix ancho chile powder, smoked paprika, cumin and salt.
Rub the spice mix all over beef chuck roast pieces
Brown the beef on all sides. Remove from the pan.
To the same pan, sauté onion and garlic until the onions are softened.
Add diced tomatoes to the onions and garlic. Mix.
Add beef stock to the onions, garlic and tomatoes.
Add the beef back to the pan, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
Use 2 forks to shred the beef.
Slow cooker/Crockpot option
For convenience, you can cook the beef in the slow cooker. Just follow the recipe to step 4 and instead of adding the beef back to the pan, transfer everything to a pre-heated slow cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 6-7 hours.
Instant pot option
Follow the recipe to step 4 (add the beef back into the pot). Set the instant pot to pressure cook and cook on high for 60-80 minutes.
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