If I’m being totally honest, I’m not a huge fan of leftovers. Unless its pot roast, roasted or fried chicken and maybe my Tuscan lasagna; which is always better the second day. Often, a recipe can lose some of the fresh flavor and texture during the process of re-heating and then I promptly lose interest. I sound like a food snob. I promise I’m not a food snob, just a little picky about the flavor and texture of my food.
The beauty of leftover pot roast are the many ways it can be re-invented into another recipe. I adore pot roast sandwiches smothered with caramelized onions and Havarti cheese, a simple pot roast soup with pearled barley and porcini mushrooms and of course this gorgeous shredded beef machaca.
You can certainly prepare a pot roast specifically for this recipe, but it tastes just as delicious with leftovers.
As a child, this dish was a staple in our home. Although we call it machaca, it’s not a traditional Mexican machaca. Mexican machaca is actually a dried, marinated beef (much like our beef jerky). However, because we include scrambled eggs in the shredded beef, it was dubbed “machaca” in my house. Sort of a riff on the very popular machaca con huevos, a Mexican beef and egg scramble.
Shredded beef machaca was served as a celebration meal, a meal for dinner guests and on occasion a Sunday supper. My parents used to make it into burritos with the usual assortment of delicious Mexican condiments. I serve this machaca with warm corn tortillas, lime wedges, cotija cheese, avocado slices, red chili sauce or my brothers delicious salsa recipe.
When I prepare this for my family I like to make dinner a casual event and place the shredded beef machaca and layering ingredients in the center of the table. Then everyone can assemble their own taco or burrito with their favorite condiments.
The result is loads of easy conversation, laughter, smiling faces and very happy bellies. Which always makes me happy.
Shredded beef machaca makes a delightful meal and can be served a la carte or with salad greens, black beans and a little cerveza to top it off!
Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,
- 3-4lbs beef chuck roast, halved
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
- 1 onion, sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons ghee or high heat oil
- 1 cup diced white onion
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 1-2 poblano peppers, roasted, skinned and diced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 cup red chile sauce or your favorite salsa
- 2-3 large eggs, whisked
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Squeeze of lime juice
- Dash of hot sauce, optional
- Crumbled cotija cheese
- Avocado slices
- Warm corn tortillas
- Mexican crema or sour cream
- Fresh chopped cilantro
I like to cook the eggs in a separate pan rather than in the machaca directly, to keep the texture from being soggy.