This is one of those that you put together and forget about it. Your neighbors may be knocking on your door though the smell of it cooking is so good!
I also love that it's so flexible, you could do this with some mashed potatoes, stuff a baked potato, pile it up on a great roll, or make enchiladas....and I could go on and on. Put on a platter and piled with onion rings like I did makes it company worthy just add a big green salad and good bread to get every last drop of the sauce.
Most everything in this recipe are pantry items, with the exception of liquid smoke but don't leave it out. It's not expensive and adds a nice background to this sauce. I don't use it much but there are some places it really is what you need. I used an eye of the round for this, both my grandma and my husbands grandma used them for their pot roasts, so by default I do too!
They are much leaner than the other roast cuts but using a slow cooker and all this glorious sauce you needn't worry, it will still be fall apart tender. Feel free to use whatever cut is your favorite.
The one step that is so important is to give all sides of your meat a beautiful golden sear prior to putting it in the slow cooker.
If beef isn't your thing you could put a pork roast in this or some boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs as well.
I love the leftover the next day for lunch rolled in a corn tortilla and plopped in my air fryer to make a crispy taquito...or three!
Spicy slow cooker beef
1 roast 4-5 lbs
2tsp olive oil to sear meat
Salt and Pepper
1 medium red onion sliced
2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 Tb cayenne pepper
1 Tb chopped garlic
1 Tb olive oil
1 Tb liquid smoke
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 Tb dried cilantro
1 Tb Worcestershire sauce
Put 2tsp oil in a heavy pan, pat your roast dry and liberally salt and pepper it. Heat the oil over medium high and sear your roast on all sides to a deep golden brown.
While this is browning combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Toss your onion slices in now and stir them just for about 2 minutes.
Place roast and onions and any drippings in your slow cooker, pour in your sauce cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours depending on your roast size.