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Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Love a little spice in your life? This Homemade Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef is just what you need. Easy, flavorful and filling. You'll be asking for seconds in no time.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 308kcal


  • 2-4 lb chuck roast fat trimmed and cut into chunks
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs ground oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1-2 Tbs brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce chopped
  • 1 4 oz can chopped green chiles
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup beef broth or water


  • In crock pot add your chopped beef.
  • In bowl combine remaining ingredients and stir.
  • Pour over beef and toss to coat.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4.
  • Once cooked, take a fork and shred your beef.
  • Serve on tortillas as tacos or use for other dishes!


  1. Make sure you cut your meat into chunks, it makes it easier too shred, you can leave it whole if you like, but we like how easily it will fall apart when cut smaller.
  2. If you don't want it so spicy, cut back on some of the chipotle peppers in the recipe.
  3. We used chuck roast for this recipe, a good roast or brisket or round will all work for this recipe.
  4. You can serve it so many different ways, in tortillas, rice bowls, lettuce wraps, salads, etc.


Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4.4mg