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SLOW COOKER CARIBBEAN BEEF TACOS WITH MANGO SALSA

Slow Cooker Caribbean Beef Tacos with Mango Salsa | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Ever since Ben renovated our pantry, I no longer have to trek downstairs to get my massive, heavy slow cooker.  And then I don’t have to trek back down again to get the coconut milk/rice/diced tomatoes that I need for the recipe.  All together, this means I’ve actually been using the slow cooker.  And I’ve gotten a bit less exercise.

I had some preconceived notions about using a slow cooker, which haven’t necessarily turned out to be true:

1) you can dump everything into the slow cooker, press start, and walk away.  It seems like the majority of slow cooker recipes out there require some sort of browning/sauteeing step, and/or adding something to the pot at a later step.  Blerg.

2) The buttons that say 4/6/8/10 hrs are liars!!  {Liars, I tell you!}  If you have a newer model of slow cooker, that is…apparently the older models are much more accurate.  I found out that after 4 hrs on high, chicken is more than ‘done’…it is as tough as a rubber shoe!  Double blerg!

Sigh.  After several not so great recipes which required a browning step, and adding more stuff later on, I got super lazy.  I threw a boneless beef roast into the crockpot with a jerk marinade that was meant for chicken.  Pressed the ‘low-8hrs’ button.  Walked away.  And returned 6 hours later to the most amazing, spicy, superbly delicious meal I’ve ever cooked in the slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Caribbean Beef Tacos with Mango Salsa | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Slow Cooker Caribbean Beef Tacos with Mango Salsa | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

 

Let’s recap, shall we?  That’s one point for laziness.  Zero points for effort.  Actually, can I take points away from effort, since it also created more dishes?

I used my favorite recipe for jerk chicken.  After 6 hours in the slow cooker surrounded by jalapeños, lime juice, onions, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, this meat was so. very.  flavorful.  And so tender too!  I’ve made it with different cuts of meat; once with some frozen steaks that were so tough when BBQ’ed, was tender and falling apart after being slow cooked.  Once with a cheap boneless beef roast.  Guess what?  I couldn’t tell the difference between the two!

The first time I made this recipe, I added waaaay too many jalapeños, and spent the majority of the dinner with cheeks flushed, beads of sweat on my forehead and my tongue hanging out of my mouth, and actually panting trying to cool my mouth down {it was a bad flashback to a few meals I had in Thailand 3 years ago!}.  But I still couldn’t stop eating, because these tacos were that good!

Slow Cooker Caribbean Beef Tacos with Mango Salsa | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Slow Cooker Caribbean Beef Tacos with Mango Salsa | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

The beef is good on its own.  But it is even better with the mango salsa.  Promise me you won’t leave out the mango salsa, OK?

This salsa is sweet and cool from the mango, cilantro and lime juice.  Where the beef brings the heat up, this mango salsa cools things back down.  And there is just something about the jerk flavors that go so well with mango.  It is tropical heaven…they are just meant to be together.

We also topped our tacos with a dollop of Greek yogurt, which brought some creaminess {and even more coolness} to the whole mix.  Totally optional, but I recommend it.

So.  This dish:  Easy. Cheap.  Flavors are ohmygosh good.  Sweet.  Savory.  Spicy.  Fresh.  Tropical.  And: barely any dishes!

Finally, a slow cooker recipe I can really get behind!

 

Slow Cooker Caribbean Beef Tacos with Mango Salsa
 
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A no fuss slow cooker recipe for a sweet, spicy, tropical dinner.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
Slow Cooker Caribbean Beef
  • 0.5 kg of Beef: Can use a variety of cuts; cheap steaks; boneless roasts
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, deseeded and chopped {*this is to my personal taste}
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • ¾ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
Mango Salsa
  • 2 mangos, cut into ½ cm cubes
  • 2 shallots, diced into small pieces
  • ½ cup loosely packed chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup lime juice
Assembly
  • 6 inch flour tortillas (1 package of 10)
  • Greek yogurt
Instructions
Slow Cooker Caribbean Beef:
  1. Place all ingredients except beef into a food processor, puree until smooth. Scrape into slow cooker; place beef on top and smear with the sauce.
  2. Cook on low for 5-6 hours, until beef is cooked through and tender. Remove from sauce, shred with two forks. Stir sauce in with shredded beef to taste. We used ½ a cup of sauce for a 0.5kg roast.
Mango Salsa
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover until ready to serve.
Assembly
  1. Spread tortilla with beef. Top with Mango. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt, if desired {not photographed}
Notes
I added 1 jalapeño at a time to the food processor to get the perfect amount of spice.

Marinade adapted from Gourmet

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  • Chloe {i heart boxes} June 4, 2014, 8:02 am

    These tacos look amazing and I love that you can be flexible with the cut of meat..big budget win! Meat in France is so expensive!! Now all I have to get my hands on is some jerk seasoning! Great idea!

    • Denise June 5, 2014, 7:51 pm

      Thanks Chloe! You don’t actually need jerk seasoning, this recipe makes it from scratch…it is surprisingly fast/easy!

  • Mary Frances June 4, 2014, 1:26 pm

    I love mangoes in salsa! And the combo of beef tacos and the salsa sounds incredible!

    • Denise June 5, 2014, 4:01 am

      You know, up until a few years ago I didn’t like mangoes at all, but they are perfect in salsa!

  • Jess @ whatjessicabakednext June 4, 2014, 2:35 pm

    These tacos sound amazing! Loving all the flavours!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice June 4, 2014, 6:15 pm

    Your pictures are making my stomach growl! Love that you used mango salsa too, it’s my favorite!

    • Denise June 5, 2014, 4:02 am

      I can’t believe how long it took me to get on the mango salsa train. But I’m fully on board now!

  • Joybee June 4, 2014, 6:28 pm

    Wow this sounds good. I love all of the flavors and I bet habanero would be great in it too (instead of jalapeno…if you can handle the heat). I love that you can use tough cuts of beef because these are usually cheap. I’ve pinned this.

    • Denise June 5, 2014, 4:05 am

      Thanks, Joybee! The original marinade/sauce called for habaneros, but holy cow, my tongue just can’t handle that level of heat! Thanks for pinning ;)

  • Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel June 4, 2014, 6:31 pm

    These look awesome! I love the spices in the beef, and mango salsa is pretty much my favorite thing ever. I often make shrimp tacos with mango salsa and if I can’t find good mangoes, sub in peaches or even strawberries!

    • Denise June 5, 2014, 4:59 am

      Thanks, Jess! Shrimp tacos sound amazing, can you believe I’ve never had them? And Also, have never had peach salsa, but strawberry salsa=approved and deeelish :)

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl June 5, 2014, 8:41 pm

    These beef tacos look oh so delicious but let’s talk about that bright salsa! Your pictures are beauties!

  • Katie June 6, 2014, 12:02 am

    These beef tacos look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The mangoes compliment the beef perfectly. Your slow cooker definitely did you justice on this one.

  • Jess @ Sweet Menu June 8, 2014, 11:17 am

    Oooh these look lovely!

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