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Shredded Cuban Beef Bowl (Slow Cooker)

These Cuban Beef Bowls are a perfect slow cooker meal the whole family will enjoy! Tender slow cooked beef in a Cuban Mojo sauce with rice, beans, fried plantains and a pineapple salsa is exactly what your family needs on a busy weeknight. This meal can serve everyone in your family from baby to adult!

 

Cuban Beef Bowl for whole family

 

Having an easy meal ready for the whole family is a serious game changer. We are in that stage of life right now where everything just seems to be ramping up – more activities, more schedule craziness, more of everything but sleep (can we get a little more of that, please?). And seriously, my kiddos are still little, so I can’t even imagine what things will be like when they are all driving and doing things on their own!

This slow cooker shredded beef recipe is amazingly perfect for family’s who need one meal that feeds everyone – from the older baby capable of having purees to “asserting their independence” toddlers, to older kids and adults who want an exciting and tasty dinner – this meal has it all! The beef roast is cooked in a cuban mojo sauce that helps it to be so flavorful and tender, so its perfect to shred and serve as finger food. Combine it with rice and beans (I give both super quick options and ideas for when you have more time down below), some sweet and fruity fruit salsa and fried plantains, and you have yourself an amazing meal the whole family is going to love!

 

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Bowl with Cuban Beef and Pineapple Salsa

 

Beef is one of my total go-to’s for easy family meals. Not only is it super versatile, comes in so many different cuts (that you can do so many different things with), but its also an amazing nutritional powerhouse that is great for kids and adults alike. Protein, Iron, and Zinc are all super important building blocks that little bodies need to grow, and beef is an awesome source of all three of those. So you can bet your behind that I turn to beef to fuel those little bodies that are busy crawling, learning, and growing!

 

If you are wanting to start adding more flavor, variety and fun into your weeknight meals, check out my START HERE page, and make sure you read my Complete Guide for Raising Adventurous Eaters post!

 

Baby bib with shredded beef

 

How Your Kids Can Cook With You:

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help pick out the items at the store, help measure ingredients for the slow cooker and help set the table.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can help you do everything above, plus cook the black beans and rice, shred the beef, and slice the plantain.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above, plus prepare homemade salsa if using, as well as fry the plantains

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

 

Baby Eating Beef

 

How to Serve Cuban Beef Bowl Recipe

  • For older babies (10+ months) and toddlers: Serve shredded beef, black beans, rice, and big chunks of avocado for little fingers to grab and eat as they can.
  • For children: You have two options here. You can either serve this deconstructed on a plate with the components in their own little piles, or you can serve this meal family style and allow your child to place what and how much of each item they want into their own bowl/plate.
  • For adults: Serve this bowl arranged together and dig in!

 

How to serve cuban beef bowl

 

Somedays when life is super busy I use a few shortcuts to make this meal even faster.

  •  Use microwavable rice pouches! These things are for real life savers, am I right?! But on days when I have a little more time on hand, Cilantro Lime Rice is so the way to go!
  • Depending on my time frame, somedays I make these awesome Cuban Black Beans, and some days I just warm up a can of black beans on the stove-top! Both ways are really good!
  • Ready made pineapple or mango salsa from the produce section of your grocery store is a huge time saver! Or make your own Pineapple Salsa or Mango Salsa!
  • I usually fry my plantains in a little coconut oil and call it good, but you will want to read this awesome guide to frying plantains – its the best I’ve found!

 

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef

 

Make sure you check out the Beginner’s Guide to Latin American Food for more tips and tricks on how to make Latin American cuisine weeknight and kid-friendly!

 

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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef

Shredded Cuban Beef Bowl (Slow Cooker)

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 Hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Cuban

Description

These Cuban Beef Bowls are a perfect slow cooker meal the whole family will enjoy! This meal can serve everyone in your family from baby to adult!


Ingredients

Shredded Beef:

  • 3-4 lb beef chuck roast
  • 1 onion
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • juice of 2 lime
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 bay leaf

To Serve:

  • 2 cup cooked white rice
  • 15 oz can Black Beans
  • 2 cups pineapple or mango salsa

1 plantain, sliced and fried in coconut oil.


Instructions

In a slow cooker, add all the ingredients for the shredded beef and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Using two forks, shred the beef.

Warm the back beans and cook the rice.

Peel the plantain like a banana and slice into coins. Fry in a large non-stick skillet with coconut oil, for a few minutes per side, or until golden brown. Place on a paper plate when cooked, until all are ready. Do not drain on a paper towel, they will stick!

Serve shredded beef with black beans and white rice. Top with fried plantains and pineapple or mango salsa.

Enjoy!

Keywords: shredded beef recipe, slow cooker recipe, cuban recipe,

 

Looking for more adventurous meals that are weeknight and kid friendly? Try these out:

 

These Cuban Beef Bowls are a perfect slow cooker meal the whole family will enjoy! This meal can serve everyone in your family from baby to adult! 
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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Helen
    August 16, 2018 at 8:23 AM

    I’m not great at either slow cooker recipe or beef recipe ideas, so this is great for someone like me!
    I also love your ideas for getting kids involved as I currently have a super picky toddler!
    A delicious, unusual recipe!

  • Reply
    Ashley F
    August 16, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    We love easy slow cooker meals like this! Absolutely delicious!

  • Reply
    Joanie
    August 16, 2018 at 10:23 PM

    What a fabulous recipe! My husband and I have only one child left at home (we’re almost empty nesters) and I loved seeing that you gave serving options for kids of different ages – how I wish someone had done this when my own kids were little. As for the recipe, my husband, daughter and I loved the recipe and the leftovers were spectacular the next day too.

  • Reply
    Joanie
    August 16, 2018 at 10:24 PM

    What a fabulous recipe! My husband and I have only one child left at home (we’re almost empty nesters) and I loved seeing that you gave serving options for kids of different ages – how I wish someone had done this when my own kids were little. As for the recipe, my husband, daughter and I loved the recipe and the leftovers were spectacular the next day too.

  • Reply
    Sandi
    August 18, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Love the mix of foods and that is easily kid friendly!

  • Reply
    Aleta
    August 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    Wow this recipe looks delicious! My girls would totally love this too. I’m always looking for new slow cooker recipes, so thank you so much!

  • Reply
    Denay DeGuzman
    August 18, 2018 at 9:24 PM

    What a delicious slow cooker recipe! The whole family enjoyed it. Weekday life is extra busy, so flavorful meals that are quick and easy to make get 5-stars. I’ve shared this fabulous recipe with my sister-in-law! Mmmm…it’s so good.

  • Reply
    Kristen
    August 19, 2018 at 1:40 AM

    This looks amazing! So healthy and fresh. I love the recommendations for what kids can help with!

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