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Slow Cooker Mediterranean Shredded Beef with Olives

Slow cookers are a great tool to have in the kitchen especially during the hot summer months.  Using one makes it possible to have warm food without having a hot kitchen.  It is a one pot wonder!  For this recipe I used my trusty slow cooker along with some Lindsay Manzanilla Olives.  These olives are grown in Spain and California and are often stuffed with pimentos.  They are firm and have a slightly tart taste.  At only 25 calories for 5 olives I think they dispel the notion of olives as a calorie laden food!


Pimiento Stuffed Spanish Manzanilla Olives

If you’ve got a potluck or a summer get together coming your way, this recipe comes highly recommended from the greatest of taste testers – my mom.


  • 2-3 lb arm roast of beef (I use organic free-range)
  • 1 cup of Italian dressing
  • at least 1 cup of Lindsay Manzanilla Olives – use as many as you would like!
Simply throw everything into your slow cooker and turn on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for about 5 hours.  When the meat is falling apart remove from slow cooker and shred the meat, removing any excess fat.  If there is a lot of liquid left in the slow cooker you can pour it into a stovetop fan and boil to reduce down, using the reduction as a sauce or discard it.
Layer the meat and olives onto a good bun or bread and eat hot.  I also made a quick relish topping as bonus recipe.
  • 1 cup Lindsay Manzanilla Olives
  • 4-5 springs of flat-leaf parsley
  • 4-5 sprigs Cilantro
  • 1 sprig of Basil
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
Pulse everything in a food processor blender and use as a topping for pulled beef or as a dip with some great crusty bread.
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  1. I of course use olives in tacos and lately have been using green olives on hamburgers with cheese. I’m really loving that flavor. And I just remembered I’ve started to add the green olives to my lettuce salads. It adds a punch to the flavor!

    But I really love the recipe Katy gave. I’m going to try to make that one!

  2. Chicken and olives

  3. I like making a cheeseball with cream cheese and olives and then rolling it around in nuts and chives. Then serve with crackers. Not nearly as impressive as this recipe but good! I also agree with Athena that any salad or antipasto salad with olives is great!

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  7. Our family regularly enjoys olives as a lovely complimentary garnish to tahina (tahini (sesame seed paste), water, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper, & garlic powder mixed until thick and creamy and topped w/ olive oil, parsley and olives- yummy!)

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  11. My favorite summer recipe using olives would probably be antipasto salad or just about any salad with olives in it for that matter.

  12. Oh, what a great recipe! I am looking for amazing slow-cooker recipes as I just inherited one from my mother for our soon-to-be new apartment. As an olive lover, this is great! :)

    For the contest: my favorite olive recipe is any sort of a homemade tapenade. I got creative with this in Morocco. Usually I chop (or food process) 2-3 diferent varieties of olives, a bit of oil if needed, roasted red peppers, garlic, sometimes some garbanzo beans or a touch of hummus or tahini to make it slightly creamy, lime or lemon juice, and whatever fresh herbs I have laying around: basil, dill, rosemary, etc. Great as a spread for toast; even better to put a dollop on croutons and toss with a good salad. YUM.

    • Also, just followed both on Twitter (@kyta); liked Lindsay Olives. I already liked you, Marocmama! :)