Monday, May 10, 2010

Make it Cheap Monday - Green Chili Burros

My mother-in-law makes this fantastic Mexican dish called "Green Chili Burros." It is one of the first recipes I stole from her. Mostly because my husband requested it every time he went home during his college years. :)

First we need 2.5 lbs of a beef roast. You can buy this pre-cut if you'd like; I just like to buy the whole roast because it is more versatile that way.

Cut into 1" cubes.

Place in your crockpot along with 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tbsp. chili powder, salt and 1 head of garlic, peeled.

A whole head of garlic may seem like overkill but I promise that it will become really mild from being in the slow cooker.

Next pour in 8oz. of canned tomato sauce.

And the entire contents of a 4 oz. can of green chilis. I love when they come with that bit of char action on the flesh. Extra flavor!

Stir to combine all ingredients and cover; cook on low for 5+ hours.

Using a slotted spoon, retrieve the meat mixture, spoon it onto a tortilla - top with cheese, salsa and cilantro.

The meat gets super tender and flavorful while in the slow cooker so you really don't have to add too terribly many other ingredients to your tortilla.


Green Chili Burros (printable recipe)
Serves 6-8

2.5 lb. beef roast meat (4.97 - stock up on roasts when they're 1.99/lb or less! They freeze beautifully.)
1 tsp. cumin (0.20)
1 tbsp. chili powder (0.20)
1 head of garlic, peeled (0.15 - Sam's has ridiculously good prices on bulk amounts of garlic)
8 oz. can tomato sauce (0.39)
4 oz. can green chilis (0.50)
8 tortillas (0.75)
1 c. Colby cheese, grated (0.75)

Optional garnishes:

Total cost: $7.91 for 6-8 servings!

Cut beef into 1" cubes. Place meat in your crockpot along with cumin, chili powder, salt and garlic. Pour in tomato sauce and the entire contents of a can of green chilis. Stir to combine all ingredients and cover; cook on low for 5+ hours. Using a slotted spoon, retrieve the meat mixture, spoon it onto a tortilla - top with cheese, salsa and cilantro.

Serve and enjoy!


  1. I wanted to make this the first time you posted it, so I guess now I just need to do it. Looks good!

  2. Yeah! Your photos look great!

    This looks like a good recipe--and we had our Indian gyros last night--awesome! I'll get you the recipe!

  3. @Reagan - Thanks! My new camera is beautiful...I used to take like 10 shots of each step to get a decent photo that I still would have to edit. All of these are straight out of the camera. :)

    I'm looking forward to getting that recipe!

  4. My husband will love this! Thanks for the recipe!


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