Salsa Verde Beef

This Salsa Verde Beef recipe is one of the simplest, yet it packs a ton of flavor. My whole family loves it.

Salsa Verde Beef Tacos | Good Cheap Eats

I’ve made this twice in the last two weeks. The guys’ eyes light up when I mention it, so I think it’s officially a winner. I love it for its versatility. Use it as a taco or burrito filling or add 5 cups cooked pinto beans to make a delicious chili to eat alone or in Chili Burritos.

Over time this recipe has become one of my most popular. I haven’t met a person who didn’t love it. Unfortunately, there are rarely leftovers, so you might want to make a double batch.

This is a great recipe to make during a freezer cooking day. It’s included in my cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook where you can find over 200 freezer friendly recipes as well as everything you need to know about making freezer meals.

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  1. Mary Jo says:

    I love beef with salsa verde. My favorite-of-all-time restaurant meal is at a place in Orlando called Taquitos Jalisco and it's called Puntas de Filete en Salsa Verde. Delish!

  2. Okay so I’m new to all of this kitchen stuff and still trying to learn the ropes of what I can and cannot freeze. Is this freezable?

  3. Does the salsa verde you use in this recipe have “heat” to it?

    • very little. I don’t think it’s spicy at all. The taco seasoning adds the heat, so just adjust that to your preferences.

  4. amyinaustin says:

    This looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks. πŸ˜‰

  5. very intrigued by this recipe! I think I’m off to try it. Have you tried this in a Pressure Cooker pot? I might want to try this tonight.

  6. This is in the crock pot right now, I hope it’s a winner!

  7. This is super yummy. We ate it on tortillas with tomato and sour cream. The leftovers were turned into chili with kidney beans and lots of onion. Not too spicy, my kids loved it. (or maybe they just love dinner that involves sour cream?)

  8. Delicioso! Thanks for sharing a recipe that tastes amazing with very little effort on my part. My husband loved it, too.

  9. Yum. This is on the menu this week. Do you shred it when it’s done cooking?

  10. Your pico on this looks awesome as well!

  11. I am excited I just put this into the crock pot….. My dad is picky so I hope all turns out……

  12. I made this last night and I’ve been reminded repeatedly how much my guys enjoyed it. I went ahead and added a couple cups of black beans since I made up a big batch of those earlier in the week. My youngest ate his as tacos and the rest of us had ours over brown rice. I’ve never used salsa verde before–tasted great. πŸ™‚

  13. This was so good – made it the other day when we had family visiting, and it was nice having something so easy & make-ahead. I modified the recipe a fair bit, but the bones of it was still inspired by this, so thank you for posting it!

  14. Christine says:

    Made it. Family loved it. Made multiple meals from it. A keeper!

  15. How would this be with other cuts of beef… like London Broil or flank steak? I used london broil in the slow cooker to make a tomato based burrito filling this week, and it had no flavor and was pretty dry. I’m trying to decide if it was the recipe or the meat….

    • @Ellen, I think that was the meat. London Broil is supposed to be marinated like crazy and then grilled. At least that is my understanding. When I am cooking in the crockpot, I use chuck or 7-blade roasts.

  16. We are having lawnmower tacos as an after-church lunch! Thanks for such a quick, delicious meal idea! πŸ™‚

  17. Oops I meant to post this on your 5 family friendly beef dinners page πŸ™‚

  18. Hi ! Thanks for the kitchen inspiration ! How would this do with pork loin ( that is what I happen to have ? Thanks !


    • I think it would do fine. This is basically a braise. But, I’m not sure that the pork loin will shred. I usually use pork butt when I want it shredded.

  19. Jaime Norman says:

    If you add pinto beans do you use ones you have cooked or canned?

  20. really really yummy! Just had for lunch after church and it was a big hit with everybody! Husband raved. πŸ™‚

  21. Tried this the other night and it was fantastic! The husband and picky kids loved it too.

    • Isn’t that funny? It’s something that I just threw together one day and it turned into a huge hit.

      • You know, I think the browning step is really important. So much flavor developed in that. A lot of recipes just call for tossing it in the crockpot. It’s definitely worth that extra step.

        • I agree. I see those bag it up slow cooker/freezer meals and cringe. They’re missing out on taste and texture by not browning the meat and aromatics first.

  22. Brooke Kingston says:

    Unequivocally the most DELICIOUS thing that has ever come out of our slow cooker. I found the recipe in your book, wanted to be sure you got another rave review for this beauty. It is TO.DIE.FOR. I’m literally tearing up just thinking about it…it’s that good! Thank you thank you thank you! You made me look like a rock star in the kitchen this week!!

  23. This looks delicious and your tortillas always look so yummy…do you make them yourself?

  24. Soo good!! Definitely a keeper! πŸ™‚ Just wish I wasn’t fresh out of Pico de Gallo – will definitely get some tomorrow for the next round because I think it would make it even more AMAZING.

  25. Julie Hooper says:

    We have been making this for several years now and it is a winner! It is one of my husband’s favorite meals. I try and make a large batch and freeze a meal – problem is I can’t always keep enough to save, as the family devours it!!

  26. I tried this and there wasn’t enough liquid at all. The meat was hard because of it. There is only the one cup of salsa for liquid. I used top round. Any suggestions?

    • In a slow cooker you really should not need much liquid. However, round steak (top round) is not really the best cut for this. I think you’d have better luck with chuck roast.

  27. This had been on my Pinterest board forEVER, but I just got around to actually making it tonight. I walked my daughter through the prep (on the phone while I was at work) and came home to an amazing dinner! It was so good, there are ZERO leftovers for lunches!
    Thanks so much! Everyone has already requested this again! πŸ™‚

  28. Curious what you used to create the salsa topping in your photo. Was it just basil, onion and chopped tomatoes?

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