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Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef


This barbacoa beef feeds a crowd! It is cooked in the slow cooker, shredded and added back to the sauce to keep it moist. It is also extremely versatile.  Serve it on hard or soft taco shells, nachos, or a rice bowl. It is perfect for a taco bar – just set out taco toppings, and let everyone fix their food the way they want. Great crowd pleaser!

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef


Heather @ onceamonthmeals.com; theKitchn


  • 4 canned chipotle peppers, including adobo sauce
  • 1 medium onion, cut into large chunks
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dry whole cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 limes, juiced
  • 0.5 cup cider vinegar
  • 6 pounds beef brisket or roast
  • 5 cups beef stock


Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours. Discard fat and shred meat. To serve, place meat in large bowl and ladle sauce over meat one at a time until moist but not overly saturated. Serve on tortillas, chips, or over rice with desired toppings.

Freezing Directions:

Place beef in freezer bags (it may have to be cut into 2 pieces to fit.) Mix all remaining ingredients together and pour over beef. Seal, label and freeze. To serve: Thaw. Prepare as directed above.

Servings: 12


**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

8 Responses to “Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef”

  1. We love barbacoa around here, and your recipe looks like one to try! Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. sally says:

    Where do you find chipotle peppers in Adonis at the store? I was at Kroger and asked 2 workers to help with still no luck :)

  3. Christy says:

    Would you say this recipe is pretty spicy?

    • heather says:

      Yes, Christy – it is. It was fine for my husband and I, but if I were making it for my kids to eat, I’d leave out the chipotles in adobo sauce altogether.

  4. Amy says:

    I am making this today as well! The store did not have regular beef brisket they had corned beef brisket, I hope it’s not ruined :(

    • heather says:

      Oh no, Amy, I’m not really sure as I’m not that familiar with corned beef other than the fact that it is brined. Let us know how it was.

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