Syn Free Mexican Pulled Beef | Slimming World

Slow Cooker pulled Beef

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Beef Marinade
  1. Finely chop or mince the garlic clove
  2. Chop the beef into chunks if it's not diced already and place in bag/bowl
  3. Add lime juice, salt, black pepper, sugar & hot sauce to the bag/bowl and mix well
  4. Cover/seal and place in fridge for a minimum of 3 hours. For best results leave overnight.
Spice Mix
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl & mix well
  2. Place in a jar/bag & seal well
Sauce (Instant Pot - slow cook)
  1. Set Instant Pot to saute & add 4 or 5 sprays of low calorie cooking spray
  2. When oil is hot enough, add the marinaded beef & chopped brown onion making sure to stir frequently
  3. Once beef has browned add in chopped tomatoes, Mexicana Spice mix & beef stock and allow to simmer for approx 5 minutes
  4. Set slow cooker timer for 5 hours & place on lid
  5. With an hour to go add in the chopped pepper, spring onions & courgette
  6. Enjoy with some rice or even some lettuce wraps!

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- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.


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  1. Has anyone made this? The ingredients list has the spice mix being in the marinade but the instructions don’t. Which one’s right?

    1. Hi Rob
      The marinade and the spice mix are two separate components in the recipe. You prepare the spice mix first, adding some to the marinade. Then use more of the spice mix when you’re actually cooking the dish. Hope that helps.

    1. Hi Rob
      That’s right. For ease of measuring out the spices and get the right balance of flavours, we used level spoonfuls of the spices. You can store the remaining spice mix and have it ready to go for next time. 🙂

  2. I made this but it turned out as more of a stew than what is shown in the picture. There was so much liquid from the stock and chopped tomatoes? Did I do something wrong?

    1. Hi Lauren
      You don’t make up the stock with water, you just add the cube straight from the wrapper. We also mention leaving the lid off during the latter part of cooking to allow the contents to reduce and thicken. Hope that helps! 🙂

    1. Hi Caroline
      The easiest way would be to weigh the limes you have, then juice them. Limes can vary quite significantly in size, but I’d say 1 large or 2 small limes should be fine. 🙂

  3. Hi I cooked this last night in a slow cooker. I didn’t make up the stock in 250ml of water, due to comment above, just crumbled 2 cubes into the pot. I also then took the lid off the slow cooker half way through as it was still very wet, and this reduced the liquid content quite quickly. I kept my eye on it and added a bit more water as I felt it needed. Turned out great!

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