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Crockpot beef fajitas

By February 4, 2015 October 17th, 2015 Freezer-Friendly, Main Dish, Recipes, Slow Cooker

I finally made beef fajitas in my crockpot!  Yum.  The beef and peppers cook down and melt in your mouth.  Add some tortillas or rice and you’re set with a simple, delicious, and family-friendly meal.

Crockpot Beef Fajitas

I’m not sure why I didn’t make beef fajitas in my crockpot before.  The crockpot chicken fajitas in my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook are one of my favorite meals and I like beef crockpot recipes more than chicken ones.

That’s weird for me to say because I always pick chicken over beef in restaurants, but there’s something about the way that beef cooks down in the crockpot and becomes oh-so-flavorful.  Plus, it’s easy to let a beef roast cook all day without drying out, unlike chicken crockpot recipes which can be tricky.

I bought all of the necessary ingredients at Whole Foods and I consider these crockpot beef fajitas to be pretty healthy.  I know it doesn’t look like a lot of liquid is added to this recipe, but the meat and veggies release so much that you don’t need to add more.  I had at least a cup or two of liquid in my crock when everything was done cooking.

Crockpot Beef Fajitas

Crockpot Beef Fajitas

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-lb boneless beef chuck shoulder roast, fat trimmed
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced (I used red because they were on sale)
  • 1 small onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • The juice from 1 lime OR 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in your crockpot and cover with lid.
  2. Cook on “low” setting for 8 hours or until beef shreds easily with a fork.
  3. Serve with tortillas or rice and top with guacamole, salsa, and shredded cheese.

To Freeze

Label your freezer bag.  Add all ingredients.  Remove as much air as possible, seal, and lay flat in your freezer for up to three months.  When ready to cook, thaw and cook in crockpot on “low” setting for 8 hours or until beef shreds easily with a fork.

Crockpot Beef Fajitas

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Trina

Hello! I so look forward to using my crockpot but have come across technical difficulties. Both crockpots are cooking at an unreasonably fast rate. For example, 8 hours on low has food done in 4 hours. Then the setting switches to “warm”. However, that setting is too hot and the food cooks instead of warms. Leaving me with dry crusty results. I have tried two different brands of crockpots and am using the stated amount of ingredients. What am I missing??? Thank you for sharing so many awesome resources!

Melissa
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Melissa

I had a red crock pot I bought at target that did the same thing. Since then I have had several other ones and have not had this problem. I have a Hamilton Beach one now that I am currently making BBQ chicken in and I love it.

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rachel

Sometimes the newer crockpots cook faster than the older ones do. I have one that is almost 25 years old and the heating element is only on the bottom so it cooks slower than my new ones with the heating elements on the bottom AND SIDES. It really makes a huge difference in cooking time.

trisha
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trisha

when it comes to crockpots, i’ve found that size does matter! i have 3 — one large round, and two ovals, one being larger, the other one smaller. depending on what i’m making, i find shape matters as well. sometimes, like in the case of chops or cutlets, i prefer they have surface area and room to groove at the bottom of the crock, rather than “stacking” them. soups, chilis, a roast, things like that do well in my round crockpot. i’ve also found that *some* meats tend to stay more moist if i brown/sear them on the stove top… Read more »

Trina
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Trina

It appears both crocks are 6 quart. The primary items I’ve tried are chicken and roasts. Our fam isn’t much for soups and such.
Thanks to both of you for the suggestions! I continue to tinker.

Jaime
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Jaime

I just made these last night, but I have a question. Do you really think this is only enough for 4 servings? I can’t imagine eating 1/4th of this at once! 🙂

Sheena
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Sheena

I am getting ready to make this recipe this weekend, and I was just curious if you use salt at all? I don’t normally use much salt in my food, but I find I do need it when cooking red meat.

Donna
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Donna

Kelly can you suggest a substitution for chilli powder. Neither my husband nor I like this spice. Thanks!