Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Southwestern
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Serves: 8 servings
A hearty way to kick off your January Whole 30! Best leftovers ever.
  • 2 lbs chuck roast, cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes (or 2 14 ounce ones, of course)
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 2 cups beef broth (low sodium ideally)
  • 1 dried ancho chile, seeded and diced, OR 2 tablespoons chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste (I start with a teaspoon, then test at the end of cooking)
  • 1 cup homemade mayonnaise (such as the one in the Well Fed cookbook)
  • ¼ cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh black pepper
  1. You can use either a slow cooker or, if you're lucky enough to have one, an Instant Pot. If you're using a regular slow cooker, brown the chuck in a skillet, just enough to sear each cube, then remove and saute the onion and peppers in the same skillet, cooking for about 5 minutes, then add garlic and saute for another 3-4 minutes. Transfer the beef and the veggies to your slow cooker.
  2. If you have an Instant Pot, set it to saute and follow the above steps, browning the meat and then the veggies - and then it stays all in the same pot, just switch it over to the slow cooker setting. So great, right?
  3. Now add all the other ingredients and stir together well. Set cooker/pot for 6 hours and fuhgeddaboutit.
  4. While cooking, make the dressing: mix mayo, coconut cream, and vinegar together, then stir in spices. Refrigerate.
  5. When timer goes off, retrieve and discard the bay leaf. Serve with ranch dressing as well as any other toppings that suit you, like lime wedges and cilantro. Make sure to save a good batch for the next day!
Recipe by Healthy Family Recipes at