Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Recipe

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Recipe

Introducing Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa, a mouthwatering Mexican delight that will transport your taste buds south of the border. This recipe combines tender beef chuck roast with a rich and flavorful marinade, resulting in succulent, melt-in-your-mouth meat that’s perfect for tacos, burritos, or any other dish you desire. The slow cooker does all the work, allowing the beef to cook low and slow, infusing it with aromatic spices and a hint of smoky chipotle. The end result is a dish that is both satisfying and bursting with authentic Mexican flavors. So, dust off your slow cooker and get ready to savor the deliciousness of Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa.


  • 2-3 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup beef broth

For serving:

  • Tortillas
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Diced onions
  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Lime wedges


  1. Trim any excess fat from the beef chuck roast and cut it into large chunks.
  2. In a bowl, combine the minced garlic, diced onion, minced chipotle peppers, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, tomato paste, cumin, oregano, cloves, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create a marinade.
  3. Place the beef chunks in a slow cooker and pour the marinade over the meat. Make sure all the meat is coated evenly. Let it marinate for at least 1 hour, or overnight in the refrigerator for even more flavor.
  4. Pour the beef broth into the slow cooker, ensuring that it covers the meat.
  5. Cover the slow cooker with a lid and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or until the beef is tender and easily shreds with a fork.
  6. Once the beef is cooked, remove it from the slow cooker and transfer it to a cutting board. Shred the meat using two forks.
  7. Meanwhile, strain the cooking liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil over medium-high heat and let it reduce for about 10 minutes until it thickens slightly.
  8. Return the shredded beef to the slow cooker and pour the reduced cooking liquid over it. Stir to combine the meat with the flavorful sauce. Allow the beef to simmer in the sauce for another 15-20 minutes on low heat to absorb the flavors.
  9. Serve the Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa in warm tortillas. Garnish with chopped cilantro, diced onions, sliced jalapenos, and a squeeze of lime juice.
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Enjoy your delicious Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa.

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