Shredded Brisket & Butternut Squash Tacos

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  We had one of those awesome weekends where we didn’t have any plans but ended up having an action packed weekend anyways.  We went into the city on Saturday and enjoyed an awesome lunch with my brother & his girlfriend at an amazing authentic Chinese restaurant in Chinatown.  It was a little hole-in-the wall, no frills place but the food was to die for! The hot & sour soup is something I would go back for just in itself.

Then we went over to our friend’s house for dinner and had some great food with great company.  We started off the day on Sunday with a nice 6 mile run with Oto, isn’t it impressive that a Boston Terrier can run for 6-7 miles and be totally fine? He even has energy left when we get home, how is that even possible?

We’re about to head out to visit some friends for another great dinner so I’ll leave you with these AMAZING tacos I made for dinner last week.

We were in Salem last weekend and stumbled upon this great little spice store.  I picked up some Chipotle powder which is fantastic! It is a great substitute for chili powder, it has a similar flavor with a nice smoky taste.  If you can’t find this, you can just use chili powder in the recipe.

The best part about these?  You make the brisket in the slow cooker so that it cooks all day and gets all moist & tender.

Basically all I did was line the bottom of the slow cooker with onions, put a rub on the brisket and then top with a mixture of salsa & bbq sauce.

I roasted the spiced squash just like I did for my spiced squash salad and I topped it with an avocado crema sauce made from greek yogurt just like the one I used on my turnip quinoa cakes.

I used some whole wheat flour tortillas and I toasted them slightly over the flame on my gas stove.

There are some meals that I’m ok giving up as the seasons change since I often fill my plate with seasonal ingredients.  Tacos are not one of those items.  These were a perfect way to enjoy tacos with great seasonal fall flavors.




Home Goods.

Could there possibly be a better store than Home Goods?  Nope, I think not!  It’s always full of new surprises, you can literally go back every week and find something new.  AHH, LOVE IT!

I got really sad last year when they moved the T.J. Maxx in our town further away, but THEN I found out that a Home Goods was replacing it.  OMG, that little bit of news literally made my week!  I might visit this store more than the grocery store. Ok, maybe not, but it’s a close second.

What’s their slogan? Be Home Goods Happy?  Well I’m happy, Home Goods Happy.

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Brisket

Serves 4-5
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 8 hours
Total time 8 hours, 5 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot


  • beef brisket (trimmed of fat)
  • 1/2 Large onion (sliced)
  • chipotle or chili powder
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/2 cup salsa


1. Create a layer in the bottom of the slow cooker with the onions.
2. Season the brisket well with a rub of salt, garlic powder & chipotle or chili powder.
3. Place the brisket on top of the onions. Pour the salsa & bbq sauce on top of the brisket. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
4. When the brisket is done cooking, shred apart using two forks and remove meat using a slotted spoon.


6 Responses to Shredded Brisket & Butternut Squash Tacos

  1. Tacos looks fantastic, especially with the avocado crema. Home Goods is one of my favorite stores as well. In my neighborhood we have Pier 1 Imports and Home Goods close together, its dangerous. Haha.

    • Mai-Lis says:

      Oh man! That would totally be dangerous! I was just thinking about Pier 1 yesterday, I always love their holiday decorations, they are so festive!

  2. Oh yummm, those tacos look fantastic!

  3. tiedwithblue says:

    your weekend sounds fantastic, and those tacos are totally drool worthy! yumm 🙂 haha, home goods is amazing, they have such quirky pieces there, i love it!

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