“Red” Southwest Slow Cooker Roast with Bush’s Black Beans!

Last year we went in with another family to buy a portion of grass-fed beef, and now we’re down to only a few cuts left in our freezer. Coming back from the CIA with Bush’s Beans, I’ve been inspired to use more beans and “flavors around the world,” such as tahini, smoked paprika, annatto achiote paste, freshly ground cumin seed and one of my favorites, aleppo chile peppers. I’ve also been excited to be more creative with my cooking, so I stared by defrosting our last chuck roast from the freezer …

The night before we ate this tasty meal, I sauteed the chuck roast in olive oil for 4 minutes on each side, and then marinated it overnight in a Ziploc bag.

Making the “Red” sauce marinade:

1 4-5 lb. chuck roast (make sure it will fit in your slow cooker)
1 cup red wine
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. Smoked Spanish Paprika
Salt and pepper

In the morning, before I went to work, I removed the meat from the Ziploc bag, browning it 2-3 minutes on each side, then laying it in the slow cooker. I then poured the “Red” sauce into the same sautee pan and added the chicken broth, tomatoes and other spices.

The next day, add:

1 (14-oz.) can low-sodium chicken broth
1 (14 1/2-oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 (10-oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained
2 (15-oz.) cans BUSH’S Black Beans, rinsed and drained

Bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 10 minutes. Pour on top of the Chuck Roast in the slow cooker and cook on LOW all day long.

That night we shredded the meat (removed the bones for our dog Haggis) and we added 2 cans of BUSH’S Black Beans.

Add more flavor:

1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. red pepper
1/2 tsp. Smoked Spanish Paprika

We mixed it together and served on whole wheat pasta from Trader Joe’s, with a dollop of sour cream.

It was de-li-cious! (Oh, and the last of the cherry tomatoes from our garden!)

I’m learning to add different flavors of beans to more and more recipes. They not only add protein and substance to the meal, they add flavor and they stretch the meal to twice as much!

What’s your favorite roast to cook? And do you add beans to slow-cooker meals?

(My son in college benefited from the leftovers. I made him a pan of Roast Beef Enchiladas and froze them in individual servings. A little bit of “home” from afar! And even though I do have a relationship with Bush’s Beans, they did not pay me to write this post today, but they did pay for my trip to the CIA.)

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10 comments on ““Red” Southwest Slow Cooker Roast with Bush’s Black Beans!”

  1. Sounds like something my family would love. I need to get a crockpot with a timer though because I’m away from the house too long during the day. Do you really brown the meat both before and after marinating it? I’ve only ever done one browning when I use a crockpot. Do you find it really makes a difference? Smoked Paprika is one of my favorite ingredients these days!

  2. That looks and sounds delicious. I love to make just a regular roast with carrots and potatoes. I’ve made an “Italian” Roast before and that was really good too.

  3. My favorite is my hubby’s dump and run BBQ beef {we make it with chicken, too} so easy, spaghetti sauce, liquid smoke, brown sugar a few spices and bbq sauce. Takes five minutes to dump in the ole crockpot! I put beans in the crockpot when I make batches of pinto beans, chili, or homemade baked beans. :) Never thought about adding them to meat. Another great idea, Sandy! :)

  4. Yummy! I don’t do roast often, so I don’t have a favorite! This sounds sooo good though. I think I’ll try it

  5. Before now, I would never have thought to saute’ the meat first then marinade… does the meat accept the marinade better with that technique and/or gives better flavor? I’m excited to give it a try especially on such a tough meat. Thanks for sharing!

  6. My favorite roast is the one I made last Sunday ~ Chipotle Crockpot Roast. I also shredded the leftovers and made enchilada for Monday’s supper.
    I don’t think I have ever put beans in the Crockpot.

  7. That looks so gooooood! Might have to try it this weekend.

  8. YUMMMMMM I just added this to my recipe list on my laptop… I would have to use a MUCH smaller roast for just my mom and me, but I plan on trying it soon. MMMMM

  9. I do use beans in some of my slow cooker meals, even if they aren’t in the recipe because its a good way to stretch the meal. This recipe looks wonderful. I don’t think I have ever seen one where the meat is cooked a little before it is marinated. Looking forward to trying it!

  10. Sounds yummy. I am always looking for new slow cooker recipes!

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