The Best Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

Over the years I’ve seen lots of different recipes for Barbacoa.  Some had ingredients that I thought were a little weird, some had sugar, and some had dizzyingly long lists of ingredients.  The version that I’ve created has the perfect amount of spicy flavor, and it cooks to fall apart tender. It’s tasty enough that my oldest, who usually doesn’t care for shredded beef dishes, asked me to make him his own batch to take back to college with him.  He’s also not a fan of leftovers, so here’s hoping that this helps keep him (and his debit card) out of the Chick-Fil-A drive through! But let’s be honest, one of the best things about this dish is that it takes a few minutes to dice two ingredients and the rest is simply tossing stuff into the slow cooker.  My favorite way to eat this is on a soft taco with a little cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice, and of course, cheese, but it also makes a great base for shredded beef enchiladas. I think it’ll quickly become one of your favorites (and it’s only 3 WW points per serving)! ~Tracy

The Best Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

The Best Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

    Ingredients
  • ~One beef rump roast, approximately 3 lbs., with fat trimmed
  • ~1, 5 oz. can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (I use Embasa brand)
  • ~1, 4 oz. can diced green chiles
  • ~1 cup diced white or yellow onion
  • ~5 large cloves garlic, minced
  • ~juice of one lime, freshly squeezed
  • ~2 T. apple cider vinegar
  • ~3 to 4 bay leaves
  • ~1 ½ tsp. salt
  • ~1 tsp. black pepper
  • ~1 T. ground cumin
  • ~1 ½ tsp. oregano
  • ~1 c. fat free beef broth or prepared beef bouillon
  1. Place rump roast in slow cooker (I highly recommend using slow cooker liner. They make cleanup so much easier!)
  2. Remove the adobo peppers from the can and roughly chop them. Use the entire can if you like things fairly spicy. When cooking for my family, I use the entire can, but if you don’t love things very spicy, or are cooking for others, use half the can.
  3. Add the peppers (including seeds and some of the sauce) to the pot with the roast.
  4. Add all other ingredients.
  5. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
  6. Remove the roast from the slow cooker using tongs or a large spatula.
  7. Remove the bay leaves from the pot while you have the meat removed.
  8. Shred the meat and return to the slow cooker to let it simmer in the juices for another 15-20 minutes before serving.
  9. Remove the meat from the liquid and serve.

**This recipe makes 15, 3 oz. servings that are 3 WW Freestyle points each.

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Skillet Cube Steak

My 11-year-old daughter recently shot her first deer. We hunt for the meat, not for the sport, but I will say there is something rewarding about harvesting your own dinner. My girl was excited and proud to get her first buck!

Venison is delicious, not to mention good for you. It’s a very lean red meat with hardly any fat. Our meat processor tenderizes ours for us so that, it’s so tender, you can cut it with a butter knife. If you don’t have the luxury of hunting your own venison and having it tenderized, you can buy beef cube steak (also known as tenderized round steak) at your local grocery store. We like either/or in this house! ~Erin

Ingredients:

1 ½ lbs. cube steak, carefully trimmed of all fat and cut into small (approximately 2 inch) pieces

½ c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

3 T. olive oil, divided

In a gallon-sized baggie, place all the trimmed meat along with the flour, salt, and pepper. Keep a lot of air in the bag and seal it well. This allows space for the meat and seasonings to shake around in the bag. Flip and shake the baggie until all the meat is coated evenly. Lay the meat out in a single layer on wax paper or plastic wrap near the stove and let it rest for 3-5 minutes. This helps the flour adhere to the meat.

Preheat a medium-sized heavy nonstick or well-seasoned cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add one Tablespoon olive oil and swirl to distribute evenly. Allow the oil to get hot for about a minute; then add about 1/3 of the meat in a single layer, being careful not to overcrowd the skillet. My skillet would fit about 1/3 of the batch of meat so I used 1 Tablespoon of oil per batch for a total of 3 Tablespoons. If you have a large skillet, you may be able to cook it all in two batches, using half of the 3 Tablespoons of oil for each of the batches.

Do not move the meat around after laying it in the pan; let it cook for 4-5 minutes undisturbed. Flip each piece and continue to cook for 3-4 more minutes or until the pieces are golden brown on both sides. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. My family would organize an uprising if I didn’t serve this with mashed potatoes and cream gravy so I suggest you do too. 🙂

WW Freestyle Info.: This recipe makes 5 servings of about 4 ounces each. Each serving is 7 SmartPoints, regardless of whether you use venison or beef.

Skillet Cube Steak

Skillet Cube Steak

    Ingredients
  • ~ 1 ½ lbs. cube steak, carefully trimmed of all fat
  • ~ ½ c. all-purpose flour
  • ~ 1 tsp. salt
  • ~ ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ~ 3 T. olive oil, divided
  1. In a gallon-sized baggie, place all the trimmed meat along with the flour, salt, and pepper.  Keep a lot of air in the bag and seal it well.  This allows space for the meat and seasonings to shake around in the bag.  Flip and shake the baggie until all the meat is coated evenly. 
  2. Lay the meat out in a single layer on wax paper or plastic wrap near the stove and let it rest for 3-5 minutes. This helps the flour adhere to the meat.
  3. Preheat a medium-sized heavy nonstick or well-seasoned cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Add one Tablespoon olive oil and swirl to distribute evenly.  
  4. Allow the oil to get hot for about a minute; then add about 1/3 of the meat in a single layer, being careful not to overcrowd the skillet.  My skillet would fit about 1/3 of the batch of meat so I used 1 Tablespoon of oil per batch for a total of 3 Tablespoons.  If you have a large skillet, you may be able to cook it all in two batches, using half of the 3 Tablespoons of oil for each of the batches.
  5. Do not move the meat around after laying it in the pan; let it cook for 4-5 minutes undisturbed.  
  6. Flip each piece and continue to cook for 3-4 more minutes or until the pieces are golden brown on both sides.  
  7. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. 
  8. My favorite way to serve this is with mashed potatoes and cream gravy but it's delicious without gravy too!

WW Freestyle Info.: This recipe makes 5 servings of about 4 ounces each. Each serving is 7 SmartPoints, regarless of whether you use venison or beef.

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Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie

My crock pot and I could really be best friends.  When it comes to dinner, I rely on that one appliance as much as anything else.  There’s nothing better than coming home to dinner that is near ready when you walk in the door from a busy workday.   A few basic ingredients and you will be enjoying this slow cooked version of a classic.   Just before you want to have dinner, bake your favorite biscuits and serve it over top of one!  Here’s a great biscuit recipe to try:  Mama’s Flaky Cream Biscuits.  Delish!!

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Ingredients:

5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced to 1 1/2”

3 large carrots, peeled and diced

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts – any fat trimmed (about 1 ¾ to 2 pounds)

2 T minced dried onion (or ½ c fresh onion chopped)

½ tsp garlic powder

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

2 cans (10 ½ oz each) Campbell’s Healthy Request cream of chicken soup

1/3 c. water or low sodium chicken broth

1 c. frozen corn

1 c. frozen peas or green beans

Place diced potatoes in 6-quart crock pot.  Add carrots and seasonings.  Lay chicken breasts on top of vegetables.  Pour in cream of chicken soup and water over chicken.  Do Not Mix!  (Corn and peas are added later.)  Place lid on crock pot and cook on high for approximately 4 hours or on low for approximately 7 hours.  Remove chicken from crock pot to a heat proof plate and shred; set aside.  Add corn and peas or beans to the crock pot.  Thin sauce in crock pot with up to an additional ¼ c. chicken broth, if needed.  Return chicken to pot.   Allow frozen vegetables to heat through, about 10 minutes.  Serve over a baked, warm, split biscuit.

WW Freestyle Info: Makes 8 servings of 1¼ cups each.  4 SmartPoints per serving, not counting your choice of biscuit.

Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie
    Ingredients
  • ~ 5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced to 1 1/2”
  • ~ 3 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • ~ 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts – any fat trimmed (about 1 ¾ to 2 pounds)
  • ~ 2 T minced dried onion (or ½ c fresh onion chopped)
  • ~ ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ~ 1 tsp. salt
  • ~ ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ~ 2 cans (10 ½ oz each) Campbell’s Healthy Request cream of chicken soup
  • ~ 1/3 c. water or low sodium chicken broth
  • ~ 1 c. frozen corn
  • ~ 1 c. frozen peas or green beans
  1. Place diced potatoes in 6-quart crock pot.
  2. Add carrots and seasonings.
  3. Lay chicken breasts on top of vegetables.
  4. Pour in cream of chicken soup and water over chicken. Do Not Mix! (Corn and peas are added later.)
  5. Place lid on crock pot and cook on high for approximately 4 hours or on low for approximately 7 hours.
  6. Remove chicken from crock pot to a heat proof plate and shred; set aside.
  7. Add corn and peas or beans to the crock pot.
  8. Thin sauce in crock pot with up to an additional ¼ c. chicken broth if needed.
  9. Return chicken to pot.
  10. Allow frozen vegetables to heat through, about 10 minutes.
  11. Serve over a baked, warm, split biscuit.

Weight Watchers Freestyle Info: Makes 8 1¼ cup servings at 4 SmartPoints per serving.

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Creamy Chicken Taco Chili

Every New Year’s Eve on Facebook (for the past several years), I have posted, “Tell me something good that happened this year.”  If you listen to The Bobby Bones radio show, the phrase “tell me something good” may ring a bell.  It’s a segment on his show every morning where the cast reads positive news headlines.  It’s my favorite part of his show.  I mean, who doesn’t love to hear about the GOOD things people are doing in this world?!  There is enough negativity and bad news out there.  It’s nice to focus on the good for a change.  My yearly Facebook post is a knockoff from Bobby’s Tell Me Something Good segment… a chance for me to hear some positive news from my friends and share some positive news of my own.  A perfect way to end one year and move into the next.  If more people focused on the positive things in their lives instead of harping on the bad stuff, this world would be a much more pleasant place, don’t you agree?

This year, I was able to share several good things that happened for me in 2018 (I could have named a bunch but I focused on the highlights):  1.  I became a WW (formerly Weight Watchers) Wellness Guide (a.k.a. meeting receptionist – I’m still not used to the new titles).  I’ve been a lifetime member for YEARS and decided it was time to take a more active roll.  2.  I went back to teaching!  I was a kindergarten teacher for 6 years but I quit teaching and went into a different field when my daughter was a year old (long story) so I’ve been out of public ed for over 10 years.  I’m back and glad to be working with kids again, plus it’s awesome to be back on the same schedule as my own kids.  3.  We more than doubled our blog traffic on Four Sisters Dish in 2018 as compared to our first year, 2017.  That’s amazing!  We have YOU to thank for it.  We want to thank you all for reading, subscribing, commenting, sharing, and most importantly COOKING our recipes!  We love when people make our food and tell us how they like them.  Please continue to do so… we love hearing from our readers and we hope to have more interaction with you 2019!

Tell us something good in the comments!  What was something good that happened for you in 2018?  We hope your 2018 was as great as ours and we at Four Sisters Dish wish you a happy, healthy and delicious 2019!

Speaking of delicious, let’s start the year off with this Creamy Chicken Taco Chili.  This can be made in your crockpot or your electric pressure cooker.  I’ve included instructions for both.  This chili is creamy and rich but it’s guaranteed not to sabotage your healthy diet resolutions.  Enjoy it without guilt!  ~Erin

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2 ½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken individually frozen chicken breasts*

2 cans (10 ¾ oz. each) Campbell’s Healthy Request cheddar cheese soup

1 (16 oz.) can fat-free refried beans

1 (16 oz.) jar mild taco sauce (I used Taco Bell brand.)

1 (16 oz.) can fat-free chicken broth

1 (15 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained

1 (10 oz.) can mild Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chilis, undrained

1 T. chili powder

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

½ tsp. oregano

1 tsp. garlic powder

2 cans (15 oz. each) black beans, drained and rinsed

1 (8 oz.) package fat-free cream cheese

 

Slow Cooker Instructions:

In the pot of a slow-cooker, whisk together cheddar cheese soup, refried beans, taco sauce, chicken broth, corn, Ro-Tel, and spices.  Nestle the frozen chicken breasts into the mixture.  *You can use thawed chicken breast, just be aware that it will cook much faster.

Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.  In the last 30 minutes of cooking, remove the chicken from the pot and shred it; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together some of the hot liquid from the crock pot with the cream cheese, until smooth.  Pour the cream cheese mixture into the pot, stir in the black beans, and return the shredded chicken to the pot. Continue cooking for 20-30 minutes of cook time.

Serve with shredded cheese, avocado, jalapenos, and corn chips, if desired.

 

Electric Pressure Cooker Instructions:

In the pot of an electric pressure cooker, whisk together cheddar cheese soup, refried beans, taco sauce, chicken broth, corn, Ro-Tel, and spices.  Nestle the frozen chicken breasts into the mixture.

*You can use thawed chicken breast, just be aware that it will cook much faster.  See your pressure cooker owner’s manual for time adjustments for thawed chicken breasts.

Set the electric pressure cooker for 45 minutes.  Quick release pressure and open the pot when all pressure is released.  Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together some of the hot liquid from the pressure cooker with the cream cheese, until smooth.  Pour the cream cheese mixture into the pot, stir in the black beans, and return the shredded chicken to the pot.  Using the saute setting, simmer for about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until beans are warmed through.  Watch it closely so the cream cheese doesn’t scorch.

Serve with shredded cheese, avocado, jalapenos, and corn chips, if desired.

WW Freestyle Info:  This soup makes approximately 16 cups.  Each cup is 2 SmartPoints, not counting optional garnishes.

Creamy Chicken Taco Chili

Creamy Chicken Taco Chili

    Ingredients
  • ~ 2 ½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken individually frozen chicken breasts*
  • ~ 2 cans (10 ¾ oz. each) Campbell’s Healthy Request cheddar cheese soup
  • ~ 1 (16 oz.) can fat-free refried beans
  • ~ 1 (16 oz.) jar mild taco sauce (I used Taco Bell brand.)
  • ~ 1 (16 oz.) can fat-free chicken broth
  • ~ 1 (15 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • ~ 1 (10 oz.) can mild Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chilis, undrained
  • ~ 1 T. chili powder
  • ~ 1 tsp. paprika
  • ~ 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ~ 1 tsp. salt
  • ~ ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ~ ½ tsp. oregano
  • ~ 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ~ 2 cans (15 oz. each) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ~ 1 (8 oz.) package fat-free cream cheese
    Slow Cooker Instructions
  1. In the pot of a slow-cooker, whisk together cheddar cheese soup, refried beans, taco sauce, chicken broth, corn, Ro-Tel, and spices.
  2. Nestle the frozen chicken breasts into the mixture. *You can use thawed chicken breast, just be aware that it will cook much faster.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  4. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, remove the chicken from the pot and shred it; set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together some of the hot liquid from the crockpot with the cream cheese, until smooth.
  6. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the pot, stir in the black beans, and return the shredded chicken to the pot.
  7. Continue cooking for 20-30 minutes of cook time.
  8. Serve with shredded cheese, avocado, jalapenos, and corn chips, if desired.
    Electric Pressure Cooker Instructions
  1. In the pot of an electric pressure cooker, whisk together cheddar cheese soup, refried beans, taco sauce, chicken broth, corn, Ro-Tel, and spices.
  2. Nestle the frozen chicken breasts into the mixture. *You can use thawed chicken breast, just be aware that it will cook much faster. See your pressure cooker owner’s manual for time adjustments for thawed chicken breasts.
  3. Set the electric pressure cooker for 45 minutes.
  4. Quick release pressure and open the pot when all pressure is released.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it; set aside.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together some of the hot liquid from the pressure cooker with the cream cheese, until smooth.
  7. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the pot, stir in the black beans, and return the shredded chicken to the pot.
  8. Using the sauté setting, simmer for about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until beans are warmed through. Watch it closely so the cream cheese doesn’t scorch.
  9. Serve with shredded cheese, avocado, jalapenos, and corn chips, if desired.

WW Freestyle Info: This soup makes approximately 16 cups. Each cup is 2 SmartPoints, not counting optional garnishes.

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