Shredded Beef Taco Meat

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments



So we just moved into a new house and my husband is driving me CRAZY with his OCD for cleanliness.  I  knew shiny floors would be a bastard to keep clean but  this tile is gorgeous!   It’s not like we have just a little of it… no we went all out and covered the whole house in it…minus the bathrooms which house the honed version of this tile. 🙂   I do have to admit, that it looks damn good, but it also perfectly showcases every little spec of dust like a ring on display at Cartier.

Of course it bothers the both of us.  However, I’m more laid back about these things.  Clean it once a week and let the dust fall where it may in between cleanings.   Honestly,  I just take my glasses off and voila!  Out of sight out of mind.

The other half of course is neurotically on high alert searching for every paw/foot print and spec of dust.  The result upon his finding an unacceptable combination of these things results in a complete mental breakdown filled with “OMG look at these friggin floors”… “this was a mistake they get so dirty “… “what are we going to do with these floors?”… “the world is coming to an end”… “should we get the dogs  socks”…   If there was an  award for over dramatizations, he would win it hands down.

So we bought one of those Shark steam mops to help us maintain the sparkling floors.  It does a great job so far.   However,   we have 2 dogs, and they happen to be Basenjis.

Enter Basenji #1 & Basenji #2


Now, if  you are a Basenji owner… nothing else needs to be said.  If you are not a Basenji owner,   you will need to understand that the  Basenji doesn’t obey.  No, Basenjis are much too independent and clever to obey any thing or person.  A Basenji will only comply with your wishes if they feel it is in their best interest.  Think velociraptors in Jurassic Park.  Well, our Basenjis do not feel it is in their best interest to not attack the steam mop like it is a mythical dragon shooting smoke from its nostrils…  invariably making fresh paw prints in the freshly mopped areas in their quest to rid the house of this steam shooting monster.  I think it’s highly entertaining… the hubs feels otherwise.  Most Saturday mornings you will hear him screaming “Stop it!” “Stop it!” “Stop it!” Like a broken record.   He has yet to understand that he needs to create a equally fascinating diversion for them to stop.  If only our fence and grass could come in sooner!

Anyway,  sometimes you need something to take your mind off the chaos of Basenjis and crazy OCD husbands.  For me this week it was Mexican food, in the form of shredded beef tacos. If you don’t like beef you can easily replace this with pork or chicken hell even some great veggies and cut the cooking time down to a stir fry.  Enjoy!


  • 2 lb beef roast(chuck or round)
  • 2 Tbsp oil


  • 2-3 large dried ancho chilies
  • 3-4 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder


  1. Dry roast the ancho peppers in a pan on medium heat you will need to use a spatula to press them down to release the oils in the chilies.  When you start to smell the chilies and the skin start to blister.  At this point,  add 1/2 cup water to the pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower the heat and cover letting simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Remove chilies from the water and carefully remove and discard the seeds.
  4. Chop chilies
  5. Add chilies, and the rest of the sauce ingredients to a blender.  Blend until smooth.
  6. In a pan add oil heat on medium high to high.
  7. Salt and pepper the roast.
  8. Sear each side for 45 seconds or until well browner on each side.
  9. Lower the heat and add sauce to pan along with enough water to almost cover the roast.  Water level should be 1/4” from the top of the roast.
  10. Bring to a boil cover and lower heat to simmer.  Let simmer for 30 minutes.
  11. Using tongs carefully flip the roast and simmer for another 45 minutes or until meat is easily forks off.  If the water has evaporated and the sauce is very thick add additional water.
  12. Once the meat easily forks off, remove the roast and let stand until cooled down.
  13. Reduce sauce in the pan until thick and the consistency of thick gravy or ketchup.
  14. Shred the meat and mix with the sauce.  Add additional salt to taste.
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