Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

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Juicy, Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef in savory spices – perfect for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and all of your favorite Mexican dishes! 

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef | Creme de la Crumb

When I find something I love, I’m 100 percent okay with having it on repeat for an extended period of time. While my father in law says “but we had Mexican yesterday”, I’m over here like “we’re having Mexican for breakfast! and lunch! and dinner! Yayyyyyy!”. I never tire of it. We have tacos of some kind for dinner pretty much weekly. Maybe even bi-weekly.

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef | Creme de la Crumb

This super amazing juicy Mexican beef works perrrrrfectly for all of my favorite homemade Mexican dishes. Burritos, tacos, enchiladas, or straight up over rice. It is seriously fall-apart tender and incredibly flavorful. Also? When this barbacoa beef cooks to perfection in your crockpot all day, your house is guaranteed to smell like heaven come dinner time. BONUS!

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef | Creme de la Crumb

What people are saying about this Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

“I made this yesterday! All I can say is YUMMY! It was a huge hit! When I took the roast out to shred and the liquid out to strain, i rough chopped some onion and sautéed them. I then added everything back in the crockpot with the onion. Looked just like the picture! This is a keeper!” – Kathy

“This recipe is amazing. I’ve now made it about 8 times and it may be the best thing i make. I add it a fair amount of the adobo sauce that the peppers come in, which gives it a nice heat that fades a little as time goes by. It’s even better the second day once the flavors have time to meld. As far as the onion goes, I cut one or 2 in half (sweet), quarter them, and throw them in at the beginning. If it turns out to spicy, a little sour cream cools it off a bit. MAKE THIS RECIPE” – Sfonas

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef | Creme de la Crumb

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Juicy, slow cooked beef in savory spices - perfect for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and all of your favorite Mexican dishes!
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 1/2 - 3 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 chipotle peppers, roughly chopped
  • 1 small white or yellow onion chopped
  • juice of 1 lime (2-3 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup water or beef broth
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • optional: red onion, cilantro and lime wedges for topiing


  • Place chuck roast in a greased slow cooker. Whisk together vinegar, garlic, chipotle peppers, lime juice, beef froth, cumin, oregano, cloves, and salt and pepper. Pour over roast.
  • Cover and cook on high 4-5 hours or on low 6-8 hours. Shred with two forks and serve or freeze and thaw to use with all of your favorite dishes.
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5 stars
This is very good, thank you.

    Super excited to hear that you love this! Thanks, Kenani!

can we do this is instapot?

    Sure- give it a try!

5 stars
i have made this a few times and it is delicious (especially the second day). A couple of changes i make are use a sirloin roast if available, with a chuck, i seem to get a lot of fat cook out. Sometimes I will drain the liquids and toss out half and thicken the other half with flour. Just a preference as i find it a bit soggy if you are making tacos or burritos.

    Awesome feedback- thanks! Somehow I seem to enjoy a lot of meals the second day as well! 😉

5 stars
I’ve made tHis recipe several times and eAch time it comes out perfect. I GENERALLY roughly chOp half an onIon, yellow or Red and add it to the meat while it cooks. If you want the onion to have more of a texture add it halfway through the cookin process. AMazIng recipe.

    Thanks for your feedback, Natasha. Excited to hear that you have made this multiple times and love it!

Can you tasre the vinegar when its doNe? My husband hates the taste and smell of any kind of vinegar

    I don’t think as though you can! But thats just my opinion!

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