It's safe to say this will become a staple in my freezer. A go-to meal when I've forgotten to defrost anything or when I hear "Surprise! You have dinner guests coming!"
So usually when I do a freezer meal, I suggest a defrost the day before and stick in the crockpot, however yesterday at noon, I realized I hadn't taken anything out to defrost and we had two extra mouths to feed. So I couldn't just tell the lot to "Eat Top Ramen!" It happens, don't judge me.
Into the freezer I delved and scratched my head. It's almost time for me to plan my April, so the pickings are slim. I have about five meals remaining and something I think I forgot to label. Hmmm.
What to choose... I closed my eyes and reached in and grabbed a ROCK SOLID ICE BRICK of food labeled: Carne Asada. I debated on putting the brick of food in the microwave, but decided since it was only noon and this was beef, I had a fighting chance of a finished meal by 5:30 or 6:00. So I cut off the plastic bag (because there was no way I could get that sucker out otherwise!) and quite literally SHOVED it into my crockpot. I may have chiseled off a corner to get it to fit, but I just threw that part in there aswell.
I served the asada inside a soft taco shell with cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce and a smile! The everyone gobbled it up, which is why I didn't think for a picture. Hopefully later tonight I will grab one.
The thing that most surprised me about this was that I hadn't defrosted and the meat didn't turn out tough or chewy. It was perfect. Ready to make it?
Put the following seasonings in a gallon sized freezer bag:
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
Now throw in 1 pounds of Flank Steak (or skirt steak)
Press out the air and then massage the spices into the meat. When it pretty much looks like a big mess, you are ready to add the rest.
1 (10.5 ounce) can beef broth (I used bouillon)
3 diced tomatoes (but I used roasted red peppers... perfect flavor)
2 jalapeno peppers chopped (mine were very mild)
1 sweet onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
Seal the bag and place it inside another gallon sized back and write CARNA ASADA 4-6 Hours on High or 6-8 on low. And remember, this meal can go in the crockpot frozen!