Burritos in the slow cooker

7 Nov

Now that James is at home during the day, I’ve been experimenting with inverting the size of our meals. We normally have a small breakfast, medium-sized lunch and large dinner, whereas I’ve heard that it’s actually better to have a big breakfast and a small dinner. I do feel less hungry during the day, but it was pretty weird having burritos for breakfast.

I had to be a bit tricky with the timing – the chuck gets slow cooked for 6 hours, so I stayed up until 2am to chuck everything into the slow cooker. Luckily it’s super quick, so I was in bed at like … 2:05. In the morning I woke up to the smell of burritos in the air. Then it was just a matter of making the guacamole (which, in hindsight, I also should have made the night prior), and assembling the burrito.

    This slow cooker recipe makes enough meat for 10 burritos, which will feed me and James for 2 meals. It works out pretty well because the guacamole recipe also makes enough for 10 burritos (although you have to be pretty generous with the servings). A jar of salsa is enough for both meals, and the only thing that doesn’t get used up is the sour cream.

    Slow Cooker Burrito Meat

    800g beef chuck (I cut this into 4 or 5 big chunks)
    1 onion
    taco seasoning mix (I make my own, but you can also use the individual serve packets from supermarkets)
    1 cup water
    1 small jar taco sauce


    1. Thinly slice onion and place in slow cooker. Add beef chuck.
    2. Combine seasoning mixture with 1 cup water and pour over beef and onion.
    3. Set slow cooker to low and heat 6-8 hours (I find 6 is enough but it will depend on your slow cooker)
    4. When meat is done, remove from slow cooker and shred with a fork. Add taco sauce and combine.

    Even though taco seasoning is cheap at the supermarket I make mine from scratch. It just seems wrong to buy pre-mixed when I already have all the necessary ingredients spices. This recipe from Allrecipes makes about the equivalent of a single serve sachet that you can buy for 50c at Woolworths.

    Taco seasoning mix recipe

    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper


    1. In a small bowl, mix everything together.

    The macronutrient breakdown of the meat is actually pretty good, though obviously the fat and carb counts go up once you add guacamole/cheese/sour cream and the tortillas. But the meat is the tasty part – I bet James would not be opposed to just digging in with a fork.

    This time I subbed in low fat sour cream, which tasted like plain yoghurt. That works though, because now I can just use a dollop of yoghurt (which I always have in the fridge) instead of going out and buying sour cream especially. In other healthy news, I realised the other day that I used to be able to eat 4 of these for dinner and now I’m satisfied by eating 2. How times have changed!


    Very Rough Nutritional Guide
    Enough meat for 1 burrito: 110 calories, 23% fat, 69% protein, 8% carbs


    5 Responses to “Burritos in the slow cooker”

    1. Sambal Terasi November 7, 2010 at 3:31 am #

      Hi there, nice recipe 🙂

      Since I have similar blog about food (recipe, review, etc), is there any chance to make exchange link between your blog and my blog at http://sambalterasi.com ?

      Please confirm
      Best regards

      • pamperedhousewife November 7, 2010 at 11:08 am #

        Thanks! I don’t actually know how to go about exchanging links, since this is just a fun little side project for me.

        But thanks for reading, and I’ll definitely check out your blog!

        • Sambal Terasi November 9, 2010 at 9:15 am #

          The step actually quite easy. Just log on to your admin page, and add the Blogroll widget to your side bar, and put the website address of mine.

          But anyway, thank you and I’m waiting for your visit to my blog 🙂

          Nice to know you

    2. NewMum March 4, 2013 at 12:25 am #

      I’m an Aussie, and I just tried your slow cooked beef recipe with homemade taco seasoning, and loved it! It’s the first time I’ve used something other than mince for taco’s, and now there’s no going back. My husband lived in San Diego for over a year, and he loved it too!
      Next thing is to try making my own tortilla’s, there’s no looking back. 🙂

      • pamperedhousewife March 4, 2013 at 8:53 am #

        Awesome, I’m so glad you guys liked it! I’ve heard homemade tortillas are out of this world but alas I am far too lazy to make my own.

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