By Kelly Bogard

Fall is here! Well, at least that’s what the calendar says.

I know I’m ready for cooler temperatures and savory meals. Because as it starts to cool off, I like to spend more time in the kitchen.

But with evening practices, Friday night lights and all the other activities, many of us find ourselves running from one to the other and not thinking about what’s for supper. That’s why I like my slow cooker so much.

I love a good stew. One with big chunks of meat and plenty of veggies. I also like a good taco. So how about combining them and make it easy on yourself at the same time.

For Slow Cooker Carne Guisada, you will need…SlowCookerCarneGuisada
4 lb. chuck roast
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. butter
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapeno peppers, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper
1 (14.05 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1/2 c. cilantro, chopped
2 c. water
2 c. beef broth
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper

Carne Guisada is a Tex-Mex stew with all of the traditional ingredients. I guess you could add a few extra things like carrots or potatoes if you want, but this stuff is so good I don’t want to mess with the flavors.

Start by cubing the roast into 1-inch pieces. You can get rid of the extra fat and gristle as you trim.
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Once the meat is cubed, dredge it in the flour to coat. Then season with salt and pepper and sear it in a hot pan with butter. Make sure to cook all sides. This should only take a few minutes. Then move the meat to your slow cooker.
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In the same pan you used to sear the meat, place all of the vegetables and sauté them, picking up all of the meat pieces from the bottom of the pan. They just need to soften a bit so a minute or two should be long enough. Add them to the slow cooker on top of the meat. In a large bowl, mix together all of the spices except for the bay leaf. Add the water and beef broth and stir well.
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Pour the liquid over the vegetable and meat. Then stir to combine the meat and vegetables. Place the bay leaf on top so it is easy to find once everything is cooked. Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
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This recipe is great as a taco or as a soup, so be sure to have some flavorful additions on hand that sound good to you. I prefer mine with avocado slices and fresh corn tortillas. We are saying goodbye to this hot Texas summer in hopes of a cooler fall. From all of us at Texas Table Top enjoy!

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
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Instructions
  1. Cube the roast into 1-inch pieces removing extra fat and gristle as you trim.
  2. Dredge the meat in flour.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat the butter in a hot skillet then add the meat to sear on all sides.
  5. Move the meat to the slow cooker.
  6. Use the same pan to heat the vegetables until they begin to soften.
  7. Place the vegetables on top of the meat in the slow cooker.
  8. Mix together the spices except for the bay leaf.
  9. Stir the spices together with the water and beef broth.
  10. Pour the seasoned liquid over the meat and vegetables.
  11. Stir well.
  12. Place the bay leaf on top of the mixture.
  13. Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours.
  14. Remove bay leaf before serving.
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Kelly Bogard

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Kelly Bogard is the official Texas Table Top food editor, chef, food stylist/photographer and more. When she’s not busy cooking up a delicious recipe for Texas Table Top, she and her husband “D” are busy trying to keep up with their daughter “Butters” and enjoy anything outdoors

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