If you're like me, you love a slow cooker meal that is more than just meat. I want it to have a bunch of veg, ideally some great carbs and have the ability to be made in to multiple meals. This one-pot slow cooker Mexican beef is one of the most popular recipes from my 4-Week Slow Cooker Meal Plan. You can join and start the very same week here. Over 300 Mummas have done this course and LOVED it.
2 large onions, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
600g beef mince
1 cup brown rice
1 cup raw green lentils, rinsed
4 cups broth, water or stock
2 red capsicums, cubed
1 carrot, grated
1 zucchini, grated
1 x 140g tin tomato paste
1 x 400g tin black beans
1 x 400g tin corn
1 ½ tbsp ground cumin
1 ½ tbsp ground corriander
1 ½ tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp sweet paprika
1 tspn chilli powder (optional)
1 ½ cup grated cheese
1/2 bunch coriander
1 x 175g bag corn chips
2 handfuls baby spinach
In your slow cooker (or large pot) add the onion and garlic, sauté them until just brown. Then, add in the dried herbs and the beef mince. Stir until just caramelised. Now, pop in the rice, lentils and broth. If you’re cooking this on the cooktop, pop the lid on and let it cook for 25 minutes. If you’re using the slow cooker, stir it well so the rice and lentils are mostly on the bottom and pop on low for 4 hours.
When done (the lentils and rice will be softish) add the veggies, tomato paste, black beans and corn. Give it a good stir and season with salt and pepper. Check for taste and add some more paprika or cumin if it needs it. Stir through the juice of the lime and shred the coriander and add that in too. I let this cook for 5 minutes or so. You're doing it this way so the corn and veg stays crispy. If you want yours soft, add it in at the start.
With 5 minutes to go, add the cheese on top and cover again. It’s ready to go when the cheese is melted.
Mash your avocado with a teaspoon of olive oil and salt and pepper for a quick guacamole and pop the baby spinach and corn chips in a bowl to serve alongside.
Stacey Clare's Nutritional Tip
Lots of allergy tweaks here
Dairy-free: Leave the cheese off
Vegetarian: Leave the meat out and add a tin of white beans or kidney beans in it's place.
And if you don't want to run your slow cooker. No problem just follow the instructions and tweak the times to
Pressure cooker: 20 mins
Cooktop: 40 mins
Lots of leftovers? Here's how I gobble them up
Made in to a quesadilla
Served as a warm salad with greens
Wrapped in to a burrito
Served on zucchini (or regular) pasta
Baked on top of a jacket potato
Made in to quiche or omelette for breakfast
Freeze for a busy weeknight meal
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