My mom was queen of the crockpot growing up. I distinctly remember coming home from school the smell of something delicious bubbling away in that handy tool! Now I understand that as a working mom, it was a great option for her to get dinner on the table quickly.
She wrote the recipe down for me years ago, but I never actually made it myself until recently. Not only is it incredibly easy to throw together and leave alone to cook, but it is just soooo versatile! You can use this meat on tacos, in a BBQ style sweet potato, in a sandwich, on a salad, etc. Since the seasoning is so mild it can take on the flavors of any cuisine. I can tell you I will be making this WAY more often now that I know how easy it is!
Read on for the basic recipe and three unique dishes I made all from the same batch.
Crockpot Beef Brisket
2-3 lb. beef brisket, trimmed
1 sweet onion, sliced
1 can diced tomatoes (with juice)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
- Slice onions in very thin vertical slices (I use a mandolin).
- Place onions on the bottom of the crockpot. Place meat on top of onions and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cumin.
- Pour entire can of diced tomatoes (including juice) over the meat.
- Cook on low heat for 9-10 hours or on high heat for 4-5 hours.
Macros (recipe makes 8 servings)
225 calories | 6 g carbs, 6 g fat, 32 g protein
BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potato
I boiled a sweet potato in the microwave at work (wrap in a damp paper towel and microwave for 3 minutes on each side) and stuffed it with the beef brisket, a small spoonful of BBQ sauce, and some Swiss cheese. Umm hello melty, decadent, meaty goodness! I couldn’t even fit the full serving of meat in the potato – so I just ate the rest of it on the side.
I made an ahhhmazing salad using spinach, blue cheese, onion, creamy avocado dressing and the brisket of course! I still cannot get over how much beef is in a single serving. I know some people say salads don’t keep them full, but trust me this one sure will!
Stu requested pizza for dinner and since I had this beef sitting in the fridge I decided to make a BBQ pizza! He even came up with the idea of putting pickles on top which was a game changer, good job babe 😉 . I used store bought personal pizza crusts and toasted them in the oven for about 5 minutes before adding BBQ sauce, the beef, and cheese. Then I put them back in the oven for a couple minutes to let the cheese melt. After they were finished I topped with pickles, chopped onion, and a bit more BBQ sauce. SO GOOD!