Tex/Mex in Minutes

May 28, 2021 • 0 comments

Tex/Mex in Minutes
You can just quickly sauté ground beef in a skillet with this taco seasoning and call it good (and it is), but if you want to take it to the next level, give it a long, slow simmer in the crock pot with tomatoes and spices. Spend two minutes prepping in the morning and with just a can of crushed tomatoes, a pound of Eden Pure Premium Ground Beef, and the spice blend below, you’ve got the makings of a really good taco night dinner, but that's just the beginning! You can use this zesty beef blend layered with rice and beans (with a side of cornbread!), stir it into noodles for amazing chili-mac, toss it with fresh greens, black beans, corn, salsa and sour cream and serve with tortilla chips as taco salad! You can also change things up a bit and serve Tex Mex cubed steak (served as individual cubed steaks or as fajita-style cubed steak strips) or substitute stew beef for a steak-night-meets-weeknight mashup! Variations for Crock Pot, Instant Pot, and Pan Fry are below


Let's Start with the basic spice mix. I like to quadruple this recipe and keep this blend on hand as we use it regularly

Val's Tex-Mex Spice Blend

1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
1 Tablespoon Cumin
1 Tablespoon Garlic Granules or Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Onion Granules or Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Basil
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Cilantro (optional)

Mix Thoroughly and store in a sealed container. Use 1 -2 Tablespoons per pound of Eden Pure Beef. See directions below for detailed instructions.

Slow cooker or Instant Pot Taco Beef

Add 1 pound of Eden Pure Premium ground beef, 1/2 cup of crushed tomatoes or your favorite salsa and Val's Tex-Mex Spice Blend to your slow-cooker.

Cook! Either on low for six hours, or high for three.
IF you’ll be close by, every hour or so, stir the meat and then drain off any liquid that accumulated into a heat-proof container.
If you won’t be home while the meat cooks, it’s OK to skip this step.


    You can also substitute stew beef or cubed steak (either as individual steaks or cut into strips for "fajita style" cubed steak).  See directions below for preparing the meat for these options

    Quick Skillet TexMex Ground Beef

    Heat 2 Tablespoons of avocado oil in a large skillet over medium- high heat.  Add 1/2 small onion, finely chopped and cook, stirring occasionally until the onion becomes slightly translucent.  Add 1 pound of Eden Pure Premium Ground Beef to the pan, stirring to break up the pieces.  Stir and turn the mixture every few minutes for even browning.   When the beef no longer has pink showing, add 1 -2 Tablespoons of Val's Tex-Mex Spice Blend  and mix in thoroughly.  

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    Cornbread and Taco Beef

    Tex-Mex Cubed Steaks

    Start with thoroughly thawed  Eden Pure Beef Cubed Steaks.  Add 1 - 2 Tablespoons of avocado or olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high.  When the pan is hot, add cubed steaks, being careful not to crowd them.  Sear on each side about 2 minutes.  Sprinkle 1 -2 Tablespoons of Val's Tex-Mex Spice Blend across the steaks and add 1/4 cup of water or beef broth to the pan.  Cover and turn down the heat to low.  Simmer for 7 minutes or until liquid is absorbed by the cubed steak.  

    Tex-Mex Cubed Steaks Fajita Style

    Cut cubed steaks into 3/8" strips while they are still slightly frozen.  Toss with a tablespoon of cornstarch per pound of cubed steak plus 1 -2 Tablespoons of Val's Tex-Mex Spice Blend  and allow to rest while you heat 2 Tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high. When the oil is hot, add the meat and spices, being careful not to crowd the pieces  or they will "steam" rather than sear.  Turn cubed steak strips to sear both sides and remove from the pan as they are done (smaller ones will finish first)

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    Cubed Steak Fajita Style!

    Tex-Mex Stew Beef Instant Pot Style

    Turn Instant Pot to  Saute on High.  Add 2 Tablespoons of avocado oil.  Allow to heat 5 minutes.   Pat thawed stew beef to dry the surface ensuring a good sear.  Add stew beef to the Instant Pot and stir to coat pieces in oil.  Saute 5 minutes, turning pieces to brown all sides,   

    Turn Instant Pot OFF .  Add 1 -2 Tablespoons of Val's Tex-Mex Spice Blend plus 1/4 cup of water or beef broth put lid in place and lock.  Set to "steam" to pressure cook on HIGH for 20 minutes.  Allow to come to pressure on its own for 10 minutes before releasing the steam valve.


    Serve any of these variations as meat for:

    Tacos (fill hard or soft tortillas with beef, lettuce, tomatoes,  slices of jalapeno or bell peppers, and avocado.  Top with shredded cheese and sour cream)

    Burritos (roll up wit

    h your favorite accoompaniments in a burrito wrapper)

    Taco Salad (Start with a bed of romaine and add all your favorite veggies, cilantro vinaigrette, and a twist of lime)

    Tex-Mex Stir Fry (sautee chopped onion, bell peppers, and garlic.  Stir in your choice of Tex-Mex Beef and serve over rice or with tortillas.  You can even stir your meat and veggies into Eden Pure Beefy Mac N Cheese for Tex-Mex Beefy Mac N Cheese!

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