Kitchen Know-How: How To Shred Beef and May’s Taste From The Past

Some of you may be thinking what a silly subject to do a “How To” post on. Shredding beef, or any other meat, is not Rocket Science, I know. So why am I writing a tutorial? Because the method I use saves time. Finding a quick shredding method is particularly important to me when I cook Mexican food. Authentic Mexican food can be quite time consuming, so you want to find some shorts cuts.

This nice and greyish beef was boiled, and although it has been boiled for a few hours it can still be hard to shred. (Don’t let the ugly color fool you, it will be cooked in a spicy sauce for tacos. So it will look more appetizing afterwards.)

how to shred beef, Spicie Foodie

You will need a working surface, like a cutting board or a bowl, and a fork. Find the the direction of meat grain. Use one hand to hold the meat firmly in place.

Begin scraping down, along the grain, with the fork.

how to shred beef, Spicie Foodie

Keep going as fast as you want and occasionally stopping to help beef off the fork.

how to shred beef, Spicie Foodie

Continue until you are done.

how to shred beef, Spicie Foodie

Viola! Shredded beef, or any meat, ready to use in your recipes. Of course this technique can also be applied to meat that has been roasted. I use this technique when I make pulled pork sandwiches.

how to shred beef, Spicie Foodie


A Taste From The Past: May Recipes

Today I also have another edition of  A Taste From The Past. This month I am giving you a taste of previous May recipes from the Spicie Foodie archives.

Please join me as we “Feast On The Past” with May’s Taste From The Past.

Recipes;  A Taste From The Past; Spicie Goodie

May 2010
Cinco de Mayo Guacamole
Green Curry Noodle Soup
Caramelized Pears on Goat Cheese Crostini
Matcha Blueberry Corn Muffins
Banana Pear Smoothie

May 2011
Nan Khatai or Indian Almond Semolina Cookies
Gourmet Green and Tangerines
Braised Rosemary Lamb
Beef Borek
Asparagus Goat Cheese Tart
– My First Pull-Apart Bread

In case you missed these, May 2012
Roasted Turkey in Tomato Chipotle Sauce
Healthy Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
Lemon Garlic Stuffed Brook Trout
Red Chicken Pozole
Hubby’s Grilled Bratwurst
Spicie Roasted Potatoes
Seitan Fajitas with Papaya Habanero Salsa
Eggless Yogurt Corn Muffins
Food Photography: Food Porn Websites and Tips


Thanks for stopping by!  May’s YBR roundup will be posted on Wednesday. Make sure you’ve sent in your submissions.


  1. says

    mmm shredded beef in tacos…thanks for the how to! it’s the simple things in the kitchen that really save time and i think, lend expertise to the meal.

  2. says

    Great idea for the tutorial and that first photo didn’t have me fooled: it looks so tender! Wonderful idea. It’s high time my family ate tacos for a change!

  3. says

    Oddly enough, this was a good tutorial for me, as I don’t know how to shred anything. If you roast chicken, can it too be shredded like this?

  4. says

    Great fast way of shredding meat! I noticed that with smaller pieces of meat 2 forks will work as well. Or if the meat is tender enough I just hand shred it…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>