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Slow Cooker Barbacoa Recipe

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

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Quick and easy slow cooker barbacoa beef recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Juicy, tender beef melts in your mouth. Perfect filling for tacos, burritos, enchiladas.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword crockpot meal, mexican beef, mexican food
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Servings 8 People
Calories 422
Author Abeer


  • 4 pound Chuck roast Cut into large cubes, Brisket can also be used
  • 1 cup Onion Finely chopped
  • 1 cup Beef broth Low sodium
  • 2 tbsp Lime juice Or lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1-2 Bay leaves
  • Salt To taste
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Oregano Dried, Preferably Mexican oregano
  • 1.5 tbsp Cumin powder
  • 3 Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce Must add 1 tbsp canned adobo sauce too
  • 1 can Green chiles 4 oz. can


  • Add all the ingredients in a crock-pot.
  • Cover and cook on Low for 6-8 hours (You can cook on high for 3-4 hours but the best results come from low and slow cooking).
  • Remove and discard bay leaves. 
  • Shred with 2 forks and toss everything together. 
  • Garnish with finely chopped cilantro. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 795mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 5.9mg