Pineapple Pico & Slow Cooked Tacos

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This week, following our usual Taco Tuesday tradition, we made tacos using beef chuck roast instead of the usual ground meat, and switched up the toppings and marinade. I’ve been having a major fruit craving this entire pregnancy, so that’s where the pineapple pico came from.And instead of blindly dumping generous amounts of sauces into my crock pot, I actually broke out the food processor to blend the ingredients that go into the marinade first. I’m not going to lie, I actually plugged the food processor into the bathroom and closed the door while blending, b/c I prepped this during Char’s nap and had to be quiet! Oh small NYC living for ya!

Pineapple Pico over Slow Cooked Beef Roast Tacos: serves 3

Ingredients:

For the crock pot marinade:

  • 2 lb of beef chuck roast (it shrinks up a lot in the crock pot)
  • 2 table spoons of lime juice
  • 2 table spoons of red wine vinegar
  • 3 adobe peppers (they come in a can)
  • 3 sliced jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 chopped red onion
  • 4 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 tea spoon of cumin, oregano, salt & pepper

For the pineapple pico:

  • 1  1/2 cup of fresh pineapples, chopped
  • 2 table spoons of lime juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • a sprinkle of honey
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped finely
  • 2 jalapenos, chopped finely

PS we also added chopped romaine lettuce to the tacos, to give it a nice crunch 🙂

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor combine garlic, lime juice, adobe peppers, cumin, oregano, jalapeno peppers, red onion, and red wine vinegar. It should resemble pesto in texture.
  2. Dump into crock pot and add meat. Generously salt & pepper the entire pot. I added a few extra dashes of the adobe pepper sauce into the mix here too.
  3. Cook on high for 6 hours, then lower to low heat once it seems cooked through for another hour.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine all pineapple pico ingredients. Stir and let sit for 15 minutes or so.
  5. Once ready to eat, pull apart the meat in the crock pot a few minutes before serving. Don’t do this too ahead of time or the sauce will get soaked up, and could make your meat come off dry.
  6. Ready to build your tacos:)
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