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Machaca Beef Dip Sandwiches

The winning combination of beef, cumin, chili powder and the spicy heat of chipotle peppers makes these sandwiches game-day food at its finest! —Karol Chandler-Ezell, Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1 envelope au jus gravy mix
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 6 French rolls, split
  • Guacamole and salsa, optional


  • Place roast in a 3- to 4-qt. slow cooker; top with onion. Combine the broth, water, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, gravy mix, Creole seasoning, chili powder and cumin; pour over meat. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 8-10 hours.
  • Remove roast; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking juices. Shred beef with 2 forks and return to slow cooker; heat through. Using a slotted spoon, place meat on rolls. Serve with guacamole or salsa if desired and the cooking juices.
    Freeze option: Freeze individual portions of cooled meat mixture and juices in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. Serve on rolls, with guacamole and salsa if desired.
Editor's Notes: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face. The following spices may be substituted for 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning: 3/4 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder and paprika; and a pinch each of dried thyme, ground cumin and cayenne pepper.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 476 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 1288mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 37g protein.

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  • ahmom
    May 12, 2020

    Excellent recipe! I didn't have the gravy mix so I just used some cornstarch and water.

  • David
    Jun 28, 2019

    Loved this recipe! Definitely a keeper! I didn't have any french rolls, so I used some brioche buns that I had. Just as yummy. It really reminded me of a roast beef sandwich I got at a cajun sandwich place in Los Angeles. Instead of using a slow cooker, I did it in my Instant Pot. 90 minutes HP with a full NPR.

  • Pookie72
    May 4, 2018

    This is so easy and so good!! My husbands fave! I prefer it on french bread with salsa and guac. The hubby likes it rolled in a tortilla with cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa and sour cream. However the beef is served it's awesome!! Thanks Karol!!

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  • jstowellsupermom
    Nov 18, 2013

    Great flavor, loved the spice but was a bit salty for me!! But overall a great & easy recipe!

  • daynahusman
    Oct 21, 2013

    This is one of my family's favorite sandwich recipes. We always fight over the leftovers!

  • lobster15
    Apr 18, 2013

    I made this a couple days ago and my husband absolutely LOVED it! It was a little spicy but super delish!

  • bmlink627
    Mar 10, 2013

    My husband said that this was the best beef dip sandwich he has ever had. It has a great flavor and was easy to prepare. I will be making this one over. GREAT recipe

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    Feb 17, 2013

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