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Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef is a versatile dish you can incorporate in a lot of other Mexican favorites! This Chipotle Copycat Recipe makes a tender and juicy dish for everyone to enjoy!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 377kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 3 pounds beef brisket or chuck roast - trimmed of extra fat and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 medium Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce add more if preferred
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 whole bay leaf


  • Add all the ingredients, except beef and bay leaves to a blender and puree until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add the beef chunks to the slow cooker. If you have time, for extra flavor, you can saute them in a pan and after that transfer to the slow cooker.
  • Pour the pureed mixture on top of the beef and add the bay leaves.
  • Cook for about 4-6 hours on HIGH or for about 8-10 hours on LOW. The beef is very tender and falls apart when shredded with a fork.
  • Remove the bay leaves and discard.
  • Shred the meat using two forks into the cooking juices. Let the beef absorb some of the juices for about 30 more minutes before serving.
  • Use a slotted spoon or tongs to serve.



Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 806mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 5.6mg