Carne Mechada - Venezuelan Shredded Beef

The original recipe we found called for marinating and broiling the meat before finishing in a skillet.  We thought that slow cooking it in a crockpot sounded much easier!

Serves 6 - 8

Venezuelan Shredded Beef
  • 1¾ - 2 lbs (800-900gr) inside round roast
  • 2 Tbsp oil for frying (grapeseed, camellna, avocado)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large can chopped tomatoes
  • ½ Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp The Epicentre Roasted Ground Cumin
  • rice and black beans for serving alongside

Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Brown the roast on all sides and then transfer to a large slow cooker.  Add the water to loosen the brown bits.  Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté until softened.  Add the garlic to sauté for a minute more.  Transfer the veggies to the crockpot.  Add the large can of tomatoes with their liquid.  In a small bowl, whisk together the worchestershire, ketchup, salt, pepper, and cumin.

Cover with the lid and set the slow cooker to medium for 5 to 7 hours until the meat is tender and falling apart. (All slow cookers are a little different, so use the setting and time that you would for pulled pork or chill).

Meanwhile, cook 6 - 8 servings of rice.  Drain a can of black beans and heat through in a saucepan on the stove.

When the meat is very tender, remove it from the slow cooker and place on a cutting board.  Shred with forks while it is still warm.  Place the meat back in the slow cooker and toss with the cooking liquid.

Place a serving of rice to the side on each plate with some black beans.  Add a serving of the shredded beef in the centre.  Guests can mix them together as desired.  

A smoky chipotle hot sauce would be the best accompaniment for folks who want to spice it up.  Cornbread would also go nicely with this hearty dish.

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