Slow Cooker Southwestern Brisket



3 pounds beef brisket

Salt and Pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

5 cloves crushed garlic

1 red onion, sliced thin

1 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp ground coriander

2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 cups water

1 (14 1/2 oz) can crushed tomatoes, with juice

2 adobo chilis (from can)

2 bay leaves

1/4 cup apple sauce


- Salt and Pepper beef generously

- Heat heavy skillet to medium-high heat, add oil and heat just until beginning to smoke

- Add the meat to pan and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides. Should take about 10 minutes in all

- Put meat in slow cooker

- Add garlic, onion, chili powder, coriander, and cumin to drippings in skillet and stir for about 1 minute until fragrant

- Add vinegar and boil until it's almost gone (careful, you do not want to breathe in evaporating vinegar!) Make sure to scrape bottom of pan

- Stir in water and pour mixture over brisket

- Put the tomatoes, chipotles, bay leaves, and apple sauce in slow cooker

- Cook on low 8-10 hours, until tender enough to break apart with a fork

- Remove bay leaves and chipotle peppers. Use two forks to pull it apart and ENJOY!

Wonderful for taco night! We ate this last night with corn tortillas, fresh avocado and a cabbage slaw of sorts. If you don't have a slow cooker, don't worry, you can bake it in a dutch oven in the oven at 350 degrees for 3 hours.