Smothered Shredded Beef Burritos

How to make Smothered Shredded Beef Burritos


2 pounds stew meat, seasoned with salt and pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

1 – 7 3/4 oz can Green El Pato Jalapeno Salsa

1 can stewed tomatoes

1 cup salsa

1 cup water

1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Chunky Garlic

1 cup diced onion

10 dried arbol peppers

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese


Shredded Lettuce

Sour Cream

Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Cilantro


Add oil to a pan and heat until almost smoking. Place seasoned meat into hot pan and sear briefly to brown on at least two sides of the meat.

Add the El Pato, stewed tomatoes, salsa, water, Gourmet Garden garlic, onion, and chile peppers. Pressure cook on high for 35 minutes, or slow cook on medium for 2-3 hours.

Once the beef is fork tender, remove it from the cooking liquid and transfer liquid (carefully!) to a blender. Blend until smooth.

Preheat oven to 350.

Add the cooking liquid back into your Instant Pot, or into a pot on the stove. Simmer on medium low heat until reduced by about 1/2.

Shred the beef with a fork, and roll into flour tortillas. Place enough cooking liquid onto the bottom of a 9×13 pan to lightly cover it. Place filled tortillas into pan, and top with cheddar cheese. Pour the sauce over the top of the cheese. You may not need it all depending on how much it reduced.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Top with Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Cilantro, and serve with lettuce and sour cream.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use a different type of meat for Smothered Shredded Beef Burritos?

Yes, you can experiment with different meats, such as shredded chicken or pork, to suit your taste preferences.

What can I use as a substitute for arbol peppers if I can’t find them?

If arbol peppers are unavailable, you can use crushed red pepper flakes or a hot sauce of your choice to add heat to the dish.

Can I prepare Smothered Shredded Beef Burritos in advance?

Absolutely! You can cook the beef, make the sauce, and assemble the burritos ahead of time.

Refrigerate them until you’re ready to bake, then add the cheese and sauce just before baking.

How can I adjust the spice level of the dish?

To control the spiciness, you can reduce or omit the arbol peppers, or choose a milder salsa.

Adjusting the heat allows you to customize the dish to your preferred spice level.

Can I freeze Smothered Shredded Beef Burritos?

Yes, you can freeze the assembled burritos before baking.

Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or foil, and store in an airtight container.

When ready to eat, bake from frozen, adding a bit of extra cooking time.

Can I use a different type of salsa if I can’t find Green El Pato Jalapeno Salsa?

Certainly, you can substitute any green salsa or jalapeno-flavored salsa of your choice to achieve a similar flavor profile.

What’s the purpose of blending the cooking liquid in a blender?

Blending the cooking liquid helps create a smooth and flavorful sauce, incorporating all the ingredients for a rich and well-balanced taste.

Can I make Smothered Shredded Beef Burritos without using a pressure cooker or slow cooker?

Yes, you can cook the beef on the stovetop in a heavy pot or Dutch oven until fork-tender.

Adjust the cooking time accordingly and ensure the liquid is simmering.

Is there a substitute for Gourmet Garden Chunky Garlic if I don’t have it?

If you don’t have Gourmet Garden Chunky Garlic, you can use minced fresh garlic or garlic powder.

Adjust the quantity based on your preference.

Can I customize the toppings for Smothered Shredded Beef Burritos?

Absolutely! Feel free to add your favorite toppings, such as diced tomatoes, guacamole, or sliced jalapenos, to customize the burritos to your liking.

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