Tender Salsa Beef Recipe
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Tender Salsa Beef Recipe

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This is my Mexican-style twist on comfort food. To keep it kid-friendly, use mild salsa. —Stacie Stamper, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups hot cooked brown rice

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup beef mixture with 1/2 cup rice : 259 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 356mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the beef, salsa, brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender. Using a slotted spoon, serve beef with rice.
    Freeze option: Freeze individual portions of cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding water if necessary.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Tender Salsa Beef in Healthy Cooking August/September 2012, p54

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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RHiland09 User ID: 6325610 182256
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"Really good! - Will make again!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1665956 196443
Reviewed May. 11, 2014

"The house smelled heavenly while it was cooking, but it didn't have much flavor when we ate. Thinking of using pork tenderloin next time, or even the burrito suggestion here."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3913704 119283
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"Decent but not nearly as flavorful as I had hoped."

NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 195349
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"So easy and tasted great. Watch to make sure the meat doesn't get too dry - you may have to add liquid. Good over pasta as well as rice."

SDawsonH User ID: 4778352 119281
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"We loved this recipe in my easy! Experiment with different kinds of salsa to change the flavor and the heat of this recipe!"

Danielle_09 User ID: 3114908 196442
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"This dish is seriously one of the best I have ever made. Such a great flavor and the beef really is tender and just falls apart in your mouth! I am going to make this at least once a month. I would not change anything about it. In the future I may try the mixture over noodles or mashed potatoes."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 120290
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"Loved how easy this was! We served it burrito style! Yummy!"

Go9ersjrh User ID: 3896860 125346
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"This is an easy tasty dinner. I've served it over brown rice or in tortillas. I used Pace Picante Sauce and had plenty of moisture remaining. I keep cut up stew meat in the freezer so it's an easy go to recipe."

poohlaugh User ID: 3414536 198068
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"All the liquid cooked off so it was really dry. It said to use a slotted spoon to serve, but didn't need to because there was no liquid left to strain. Put on corn tortillas instead with extra salsa and sour cream to try and give it some moisture. We won't be making this again."

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