3-in-1 'South of the Border' meals for a busy week

- Making a meal that is a 3-in-1 is every parent's dream. What better way to get tonight's dinner, tomorrow's lunch & a meal for the busy week ahead than to do a large batch of spicy shredded beef that can be spread out into 3 "South of the Border" meals.


Note: This can also be made in the crock pot by following steps 1 through 4. Place the browned beef, vegetables, seasonings, salsa and water into the crock pot stoneware and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 4-6.


3 lb. tender chuck beef roast
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, chopped *seeds optional
1 Tbsp. oregano
1 Tbsp. cumin
15 oz. can pinto beans, drained & rinsed
16 oz. jar salsa verde ( tomatillo salsa)
16 oz. water


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Season roast on all sides with salt and pepper, set aside.
3. Heat oil in a large oven safe pot over medium high heat, add onion, garlic and jalapeno then saute for 5 minutes.
4. Push vegetables aside, place the seasoned roast in the center and cook about 6 minutes per side to brown the meat.
5. Add the oregano, cumin, beans and salsa verde then fill up the salsa jar with the water and add it to the pot.
6. Cover pot with a lid or heavy duty tin foil and roast for 3 1/2 hours or until the meat shreds easily using a fork.
7. Remove pot from oven, let rest for 30 minutes then use 2 forks and shred the meat into the sauce then serve with burritos, tostadas and enchiladas.



3 C. cooked white or brown rice
1-2 limes, cut in half
1/4 C. minced cilantro
Kosher salt


1. Mix the cooked rice, desired amount of lime juice, cilantro and salt, toss to coat and taste adding extra of any ingredient you desire.



1 C. sour cream
1 ripe avocado
1/2 C. cilantro
2 cloves garlic, quartered
2-3 Tbsp. lime juice
Salt to taste


1. Place the sour cream, avocado, cilantro, garlic and lime juice into a blender, puree until smooth.
2. Pour sauce into a small bowl, season with salt to taste and refrigerate until use.

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