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Ingredients
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    2   pounds 
    lean ground beef
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    2  16  ounce jars 
    salsa
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    3   cups 
    sliced fresh mushrooms (8 ounces)
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    1 1/2  cups 
    shredded carrots (3 medium)
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    1 1/2  cups 
    finely chopped red and/or green sweet peppers
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    1/3  cup 
    tomato paste
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    2   teaspoons 
    dried basil, crushed
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    1   teaspoon 
    dried oregano, crushed
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    salt
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    cayenne pepper
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    4   
    cloves garlic, minced
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    6   
    kaiser rolls, split and toasted

Directions
1.
In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until brown, stirring to break meat into small pieces. Drain off fat. In a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker, combine cooked beef, salsa, mushrooms, carrots, sweet peppers, tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt, cayenne pepper, and garlic.
2.
Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
3.
Reserve and store* 5 cups of the meat mixture; use for Spicy Beef Taco Salad (see recipe below). Serve remaining meat mixture on toasted kaiser rolls. Makes 6 servings.
Storage
  • * Place meat mixture in an airtight container; seal. Chill for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator overnight before using.
Variation
  • Spicy Beef Taco Salad: In a large saucepan, stir together reserved meat mixture, 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained; 2.25-ounce can sliced pitted ripe olives, drained; and 1 teaspoon Mexican or taco seasoning. Heat to boiling; reduce heat, Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. To serve, place 6 baked crisp salad shells on servings plates; fill with 9 cups torn iceberg lettuce. Add meat mixture. Top with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese; 1 cup chopped tomato; and 1/3 cup dairy sour cream. Makes 6 servings.
Note
  • Nutrition Facts per serving of Spicy Beef Taco Salad: 495 cal., 26 g total fat (10 g sat. fat), 84 mg chol., 1181 mg sodium, 41 g carb., 9 g dietary fiber, 32 g protein.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 294, Fat, total (g) 8, chol. (mg) 36, sat. fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 37, Monosaturated fat (g) 3, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 3, sugar (g) 5, pro. (g) 18, vit. A (IU) 1798, vit. C (mg) 25, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 5, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 65, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, sodium (mg) 756, Potassium (mg) 369, calcium (mg) 81, iron (mg) 4, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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