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Slow Cooker Cuban Beef


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  • 2 lbs. boneless chuck roast
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cup beef broth
  • 6 cloves of minced garlic, divided
  • 3 1/2 tsp canola oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C water


  1. Season roast with salt and pepper. Place in slow cooker along with beef broth and 2 of the minced cloves of garlic. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or until meat falls apart and shred easily. Remove from crock pot and shred beef adding a little of the cooking liquid if needed to moisten the beef.
  2. In a bowl combine remaining 4 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp of oil and cumin.
  3. In another bowl, combine orange juice, lime zest, and lime zest.
  4. Heat 1 tsp oil in skillet on medium high.
  5. Add onion and 1/4 tsp salt to the skillet and cook until onions are golden brown. You want them to get color and charring on them, this means flavor!
  6. Add in 1/2 cup water over onions and cook until liquid evaporates. Remove onions from pan and set aside
  7. Add in 1 1/2 tsp oil into pan and heat. Add beef and cook until edges are crisp, about 2-4 minutes.
  8. Reduce heat and move meat to edges of pan and add in garlic mixture in the center, stir and cook until fragrant and golden brown, about a minute or so.
  9. Remove from heat and add in juice mixture and cooked onion.
  10. Stir to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
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