Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Melt in your mouth Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef. Cooked low and slow for 8 hours! Perfect for tacos, burritos and quesadillas!

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef
I love the Barbacoa Beef from Chipotle so much I had to try making it at home. This Barbacoa Beef is cooked low and slow in the crockpot until it is fall apart tender. It’s the perfect topping for burrito bowls or tacos.

This Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef is super easy to make. Throw all of the ingredients together into a slow cooker a let the crockpot do the rest.

The chipotles in adobo make this Barbacoa Beef. It adds a nice smokiness and spice to the meat. I add 4 peppers to my beef as well as a little sauce. I like it to have an extra kick. I also add garlic, fresh squeezed lime juice, beef broth, diced green chilies and tons of spices. The meat is loaded with flavor and is incredibly tender!

easy-crockpot-barbacoa-beefAfter the beef is done cooking I remove it from the slow cooker and shred it. I pour the juices from the slow cooker on top and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. This allows the meat to soak up all of the juices and flavor.

Serve this Barbacoa Beef on tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, or with rice. Anyway you serve it is amazing!


Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

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Serves: 8
Melt in your mouth Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef. Cooked low and slow for 8 hours! Perfect for tacos, burritos and quesadillas!


  • 3 pound chuck roast, fat trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 chiptoles in adobo, chopped (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • salt and pepper


  1. Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker and toss to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours, or until the beef is tender.
  3. When the beef is tender spoon it out of the liquid and into another dish or cutting board. Shred with two forks into bite sized pieces.
  4. Remove the bay leaves
  5. Spoon the liquid from the slow cooker on top. Allow the beef to rest for 10-15 minutes. This allows the beef to soak up some of the liquid.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately!

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  • S.Lynn

    We just butchered a steer so I was looking on ways to use the chuck cut. This sounds wonderful. It’s in the oven now on low for 6-8 hours. I’ll let you know!

  • I think I’ll try this with some pork shoulder. i prefer to brown my meat well first or throw it on the grill. Adds a nice extra layer of flavor! Thanks for the great recipe!