Smoky Barbecue Pulled Beef Chilli Filled Tortilla Bowls

These tortilla bowls filled with Smokey Barbecue Pulled Beef Chilli featuring Newman’s Own Original Sticky BBQ Sauce are perfect for a mid-week family meal that is fun to eat, tasty and nutritious too. 
Smoky Barbecue Pulled Beef Chilli Filled Tortilla Bowls

During the week, my time is precious as it seems that there is always something happening, always a job to do and I find that I’m always in a rush! With the kids at school, a part time job, my PTA volunteering, my blog, trying to keep on top of the household chores, after school clubs, homework and a puppy to contend with, it can be hard to fit everything in and prepare a meal for the family that is nutritious and homemade. However, where possible I do like to make meals from scratch and one way I find I can achieve this is to use my slow cooker, which allows me to get on with life while it cooks food for me, albeit with a little preparation at the start.

Pulled meat is a popular and delicious way to cook cheaper cuts of beef, pork and chicken and letting this simmer in the slow cooker allows the meat to tenderise nicely. It’s great for families because a little goes a long way and it is great value for money too.

I am working with Newman’s Own to share with you two family friendly recipes, one mid-week meal and the other for the BBQ. Both meals are easy to make, cheap, packed full of flavour and nutrition and delicious to boot. I am hoping that these will become family favourites in your house, not only with your children because of the taste, but with you too because of how quick and easy they are to prepare with just a handful of ingredients. 

Newman’s Own Original Sticky BBQ Sauce is a perfect pairing for pulled meat, everything you need to make tangy, sticky barbeque flavoured meat can be found in just one bottle- no need to hunt around your kitchen for lots of ingredients-just reach for a bottle of Newman’s Own and away you go. Perfect for busy parents to grab and go cook with

This first recipe is for Smokey Barbecue Pulled Beef Chilli filled Tortilla Bowls using Newman’s Own Original Sticky BBQ Sauce, a meal that looks fun to eat and is a doddle to make. I hate faff and while the tortilla bowls do require a little time to make (approximately 10 minutes) they do finish the meal off nicely. 

To start with you will need some beef, I used some cuts of skirt which are a cheaper cut but cooked over time in the slow cooker makes the meat very soft and tender. You could use a piece of brisket or some stewing beef steak instead of course, but I found that the skirt was the cheapest cut I could find. The recipe and ingredients will be listed in full below, but basically you add all of the items shown in the below photo into a slow cooker, give it a good mix and then cook for 6 hours on high (8-9 hours on low)

I added Newman’s Own Original Sticky BBQ Sauce which contains treacle, cider vinegar and honey – all you need to create smokey, barbeque flavoured beef.

After 6 hours of slow cooking, the pulled meat is ready and smells (and tastes) amazing!

You can serve this smoky barbecue flavoured pulled beef chilli any way you wish, but to add a bit of fun into tea time I decided to serve it with some rice inside a tortilla bowl. This is easy to do, you grease the inside of small oven proof bowls, add the tortilla wraps

and cook in the oven for 10 minutes (160oC for fan ovens/180oC for conventional ovens), until slightly browned and crispy on the edges.  

The ‘bowls can be made a few hours in advance if you prefer and if you keep them inside the bowls they were cooked in, and cover with foil (or place into a large tin if you have one big enough) they will be ok for a few hours.

Once your rice and tortilla bowls are ready, you can either serve the food up ready to bring to the table, or use put everything out on to the table and let everyone dig in and help themselves. 


I like to serve mine with some salad on the side and some tortilla chips for dipping. 

I also like to have the Mexican flag spread across my bowl for a proper chilli feast.


There might be some leftovers which could be frozen for another time or reheated the next day for a quick lunch, maybe served with a jacket potato. 

Here is the recipe and method in full:

Smoky Barbecue Pulled Beef Chilli Filled Tortilla Bowls
Serves: 6
  • • 750g beef skirt
  • • 2 onions, finely diced
  • • 2 red peppers, diced
  • • 1 x 400g tin of kidney beans
  • • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • • 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • • 1 tsp cumin
  • • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • • 1 bottle of Newman's Own Original Sticky BBQ Sauce
  • • 1 beef stock pot
  • • Boiled rice (I suggest 75g per person)
  • • 1 tortilla wrap per person
  • • a little oil for greasing
  • • 1 x 200g pot of guacamole
  • • 1 x 200g pot of salsa
  • • 1 x 200g pot of sour cream
  • • salad garnish eg. lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber
  • • 1 x 200g bag of tortilla chips
  • • tortillas
  2. Place all of the ingredients for the pulled beef chilli into a slow cooker / crock pot
  3. Give it a stir
  4. Place the lid on and cook on high for 6 hours
  5. The beef will be cooked now
  6. Take two forks and gently 'shred' the meat ready for serving
  8. Pre-heat the oven to 160oC (fan oven) / 180oC (conventional oven)
  9. Take a small oven proof bowl and lightly grease the inside of it
  10. Place a tortilla wrap inside and push down gently so that its base touches the bottom
  11. Repeat with your other bowls
  12. Place on a baking tray and cook for 10 minutes until the bowls have a slight golden hue
  13. Remove from the glass bowls
  15. Fill your tortilla bowls with some boiled rice, some delicious barbecue beef chilli and then top with some guacamole, salsa and sour cream. Serve with some salad and tortilla chips on the side.

This really is a delicious meal to serve to your family. 

Please check out my BBQ recipe using Newman’s Own Original Sticky BBQ sauce here 

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  1. I used to love my slow cooker but for some reason haven’t been using it recently and to be honest I don’t know why as it makes your life so much easier. Smoky barbecue flavour in your chilli beef sounds perfect to me and dressing it up in a clever tortilla bowls is such a great idea! Wonderful family fare! x

  2. That pulled beef in the bbq sauce look so rich and yummy! I definitely love using my slow cooker to make mealtimes easier in the evening. I’ve actually got some pork in bbq sauce cooking away in there right now for tonight’s dinner and this is just making me hungrier!

  3. This looks absolutely gorgeous and would go down a treat in my house – my kids adore anything bbq, smokey, involving tortillas and pulled meat, and it’s all in this recipe! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare:)

  4. Oooh Jenny, this looks and sounds so good! It would go down a treat in our house. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

  5. Im going to make this tomorrow im just wondering its says use a beef stock pot do i just chuck it in with everything or do i need to add it to boiling water first. Thanx.

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