Monday, March 21, 2011

One Of My "Go To" Dinners

You all know I don't like to cook much... I especially detest having to think of something at the last minute, when there's nothing in the refrigerator and no time to thaw something out. I do have a repertoire of about 10 things I can make well and don't mind making it because everyone loves it.

Do you have a "go to" dinner (not diner, lol!) that's easy to make ahead of time? That's just what I made on Friday since I knew we were going to be exhausted on Saturday because we had yard work planned.

Shredded beef can be cooked in a crock-pot the day before and there's hardly anything to it. I knew I wanted leftovers so I cut up over 5 pounds of  sirloin roast and put it in the crock-pot. The roast was on sale for $2.49 a pound...cheaper than ground beef!

Once you cut up the beef, you cover it with water, add salt, garlic powder and some other seasonings you like, put the lid on and put the temp on high. That's it!

Let it cook until the meat falls apart.

When it's done, I break apart the meat while it's still warm and put it in the meat juice and put it in the refrigerator until the next day.

You can also shred the cheese & make some sour cream dip the day before. I love Hidden Valley Spicy ranch dip mixed with some sour cream. Yum!  A can of beans and some homemade guacamole top it all off. Heat your tortillas when you are ready to eat! The meat can be frozen if you have leftovers.
Here's how I make my guacamole: 
mash up 1 or 2 ripe Haas avocados
add enough sour cream/or sour cream fiesta dip) to make the avocados creamy ( I used 1 heaping teaspoon with  2 avocados)
season to taste with a little salt & garlic powder
Mix all together.

I rarely have cilantro, which is traditionally put in guacamole, but if I have any, I put some in too. Sometimes I add a some diced tomatoes and if you like onions, add some of those too!

 Hope you get a chance to make this some time.
Happy Spring to everyone!!!



  1. Pam this looks delicious! I've never had shredded beef tortillas. It looks very easy too and that's a big bonus in my book. I'm not really big on cooking either but do have a few go to meals of my own. Thanks for the recipes, I will have to try this!

  2. I love easy but delicious meals! Yours looks like it fits the bill. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Love how your garden boxes turned out!

  3. Looks delicious Pam.

  4. This looks easy and delicious, Pam. I have a friend who makes chicken the same way!

    Have a great week!


  5. Pam that sounds delicious! I love those meals that you can prepare the night before. Martina

  6. Isn't a crock pot a fabulous invention? This looks so yummy, like thought was actually put into it. I'm with you, I've tried enjoying cooking, but I just don't. Easy is best. I'll have to try this.

    Maybe you can remind us of this recipe just before Cinco de Mayo.

  7. Yummy! I love that method for the meat, I never would have thought of that.

  8. Pam, that looks like an easy and delicious meal! Thanks for the recipe. BTW, your breakfast room changes are fantastic! Linda

  9. Yum this looks great! Good idea!


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