Sunday Slow Cooker: Spicy Braised Beef

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There are a few things I almost always have on hand and in my experience can be instantly turned into a delicious meal. First I grab whatever protein has been hanging out in the freezer the longest. To that I add some chopped onions, bell peppers, something spicy in the form of of spicy fresh peppers or chipotles, some canned diced tomatoes, and a bit of broth. Usually I add the usual suspects for spices – oregano, coriander, and cumin – and throw everything into the slow cooker to cook all day. However this last version I threw together turned out so well I had to share it.

There are a few great things about this recipe, which is another reason I wanted to share it. First, the spice level can be customized to fit your needs. Personally I like things spicy so I added three chopped serrano peppers and left the seeds intact, but if you don’t like spice just use a green bell pepper. Secondly, there are a thousand and one ways to eat it. Make tacos, add extra beef broth and make a stew, serve it over rice or pasta, stuff it in some roasted peppers, you get idea. And finally, it’s a great meal for meal prep. Make it Sunday and you can use leftovers for lunches or quick dinners all week.

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Spicy Braised Beef

Sunday Slow Cooker: Spicy Braised Beef

COOK TIME: 8 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 8 Hours, 10 Min
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  • 2 lbs. lean beef eye round, trimmed of all fat (or top round)
  • 1 U sweet onion, diced
  • 1 U red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 U garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 U jalapenos
  • 1/4 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (coconut aminos for Whole30)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. coriander

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Add the beef to the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper.


Spread the onion, red pepper, garlic, and spicy peppers (which ever ones you choose) on and around the beef.


Mix together the beef broth, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, cumin, oregano, and coriander. Pour over beef.


Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred or slice. If you have time, leave the beef in the slow cooker on warm for 30 minutes after shredding to let more of the cooking liquid impart flavor in the beef.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz. beef
Amount Per Serving
Calories 339
Calories from Fat 167
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
Saturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 113mg
Sodium 178mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 5g
Protein 33g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.


Use a green bell pepper for a version that isn't spicy.
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Freda Potter
January 17, 2017 - 15:59
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Good flavor, but we didn't care for the texture of the eye round. 4 stars because I think we would like it with another cut.
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September 3, 2020 - 12:24
I’ve done this recipe twice. I used pork shoulder, add Sorrento pepper to make it more spicy and a dash of beer. Amazing!!
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