Spicy Barbacoa Beef Frittata (whole30 compliant)

Barbacoa Beef Frittata

Spicy Barbacoa Beef Frittata

Does anyone really have time to cook before work? I sure don’t – I’m too busy pressing the snooze button. Since the snooze button and I are buds, I have absolutely no time in the morning to devote to cooking, and if I’m not prepared, I’m left with no choice and have to head to bagel town. Bagel town is forbidden, though, so how do I ensure a healthy breakfast while maintaining my friendship with the snooze button? Meal prep!

Meal prep is my ticket to consistent healthy eating during the week. By prepping ahead of time, I can ensure that I’ll be having healthy breakfasts and lunches at work. Frittatas have been my savior when it comes to breakfasts. They are so easy to prep and take no time at all to reheat for breakfast at work. Every Saturday and Tuesday I use what I have on hand to create a yummy and unique combination, which makes it hard to get bored (my work-week is Sun-Thurs, which is why I prep on Saturday). Some of my other favorite frittata recipes are:

Spicy Barbacoa Beef Frittata

Spicy Barbacoa Beef Frittata

This particular recipe calls for Spicy Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef, a simple and tasty recipe I recently posted on the blog. That too, is super easy to whip up over the weekend for week-day prep. Throw some of it in this frittata, on some tacos, or eat it right off the fork. The veggies this recipe calls for includes: spinach, onion, tomato and sweet pepper. That’s only because those are the veggies I had on hand, and I thought they’d make a great combination! You can really use just about any veggies you want, though.

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Oh, and before I forget, this recipe is also Whole30 compliant, so long as you leave off the cheese! Large make-ahead meals like this are essential for Whole30 survival in my opinion.

Spicy Barbacoa Beef Frittata

Spice up your breakfast with this simple and delicious recipe.

  • 5 eggs
  • 2 sweet peppers (sliced)
  • 10 cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1/2 medium onion (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup barbacoa beef (shredded)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese (optional) (shredded)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Preheat an 8-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat.

  3. Reserve a small portion of pepper and tomato slices for a garnish.

  4. Sauté onions in oil until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add spinach, peppers, tomatoes, and beef to the pan with the onions. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 3-5 minutes.

  5. While the veggies and meat are cooking, whisk 5 eggs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

  6. Pour whisked eggs into the cast iron skillet with the meat and veggies. Place the reserved peppers and tomatoes decoratively across the top. Sprinkle with cheese if desired.

  7. Transfer the cast iron skillet to the middle rack of the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, until the eggs are set.

  8. Remove from the oven and serve OR allow to cool, cut into fourths and store in the fridge.

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Spicy Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Spicy Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Spicy Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Tacos, burritos, frittatas, breakfast hash, plain on a fork – these are just a few of the ways you can enjoy this delicious barbacoa beef. The best part? It takes about 2 minutes to prepare for the slow cooker and is cooked to perfection after a few hours. It’s also Whole30 compliant! For a delicious and satisfying Whole30 meal, throw this goodness in a lettuce leaf for a compliant taco or in a cheese-less frittata with veggies for breakfast.

This recipe is great for a variety of occasions. Cook it up on a Sunday afternoon to use in meals for the week ahead or use the whole batch to serve friends and family for taco night. Just last week I used this recipe to serve some friends on taco night, and this week I used it as meal prep for breakfast and lunch meat – I was able to stretch it into 7 meals!

Spicy Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Spicy Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Aren’t the pictures just so pretty? It tastes just as good as it looks, I promise. I really love how easy this recipe is to make. I use a dry rub of a combination of spices and some fresh garlic to coat each side of the meat and that’s it! As the meat cooks in the slow cooker it releases a bunch of delicious juices to cook in, so there’s no need to add any stock or water into the mix. Other than the meat, spices and garlic, the only other ingredient you’ll need is the juice of a fresh lime. So, are you ready to learn how to make it yet?! Okay, okay, I’ll tell you. Just keep scrolling!

Spicy Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Spicy Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

 

Spicy Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

A super simple and delicious weekly staple for your family.

  • 2 lbs beef chuck roast
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  1. In a bowl, combine spices and minced garlic

  2. Rub spice mixture onto all sides of the meat

  3. Place meat in slow cooker and cook until tender, about 3 – 4 hours on high

  4. Once meat is tender, remove the meat from the juices

  5. Using a fork, shred the meat, and then return to the juice and add fresh lime juice

  • For a crispy and flavorful touch, lightly fry the shredded meat on the stove top before serving.
  • This recipe is spicy! Cut the cayenne in half if you can’t handle the heat.
  • Not sure what to use this meat in? Try making a Spicy Barbacoa Beef Frittata!

*I am a Hungry Harvest and Amazon affiliate. This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase something from one of the links above, I will receive a small percentage, at no additional cost to you. I will only ever recommend products that I use myself and totally approve of. Thank you! ❤