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Enjoy Slow Cooker Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe with very little work thanks to the crock pot. Tender beef is slow cooked to perfection and delicious over rice or in tortillas.  Each bite is so flavorful with adobo sauce, beef broth and much more!

Shredded beef on white rice on a plate with fresh lime wedges
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Everyone will love eating at home when you make delicious meals like this. You can enjoy this one night over rice and later in the week as tacos. No more being tempted to eat out. You will see just how easy it is and the savings will add up.

Barbacoa recipe slow cooker is a hearty and delicious meal. If you love this delicious crock pot barbacoa copycat recipe, you may also love Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef recipe or Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Recipe.

What is Barbacoa?

Barbacoa is a Mexican cooked tender meat that is filled with spices and lots of authentic flavor. Traditionally Barbacoa is eaten served over rice or in a tortilla.

You want to make sure that you pick the right meat when preparing to make Barbacoa. The spices and the slow cooking of this meat is the key to making this the best Mexican cooked meat.

Why We Love This Recipe

If you love chipotle, try this easy beef barbacoa recipe. It is slow cooked to perfection and one of our favorite spicy foods. Copycat recipes are easy and save a ton of money! It is really a great recipe.

You can try other cuts of beef. I often just use what I have in the freeze or what is on sale. You can truly make this recipe your own and customize it for your family.

Ingredients

Roast, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, minced garlic, apple cider vinegar, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, limes, beef broth, bay leaves

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Variation Ideas

  • Less Spicy – If you want it less spicy cut the chipotle peppers in half. The flavors of the chipotle in adobo is the main ingredient for this recipe so you do not want to omit it.
  • Use Chicken – Even though we prefer this recipe with a beef roast, you can use chicken breast or chicken thighs.
  • Can be made in the Instant PotWe love to let this recipe cook all day, but you can make it in the instant pot. Cook on high pressure for about 70 minutes and let the pressure release naturally.

How to Make Chipotle Barbacoa in the Slow Cooker

Combining seasoning in a food processor

Step 1 – Place the chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, minced garlic, apple cider vinegar, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, lime juice and beef broth in a blender.  Blend until smooth and thoroughly combined in a food processor.  

Beef roast cut into large pieces in the slow cooker

Step 2 – Cut the chuck roast into large pieces and place these pieces in a crock pot. 

Topping the large beef roast pieces topped with seasoning in the slow cooker

Step 3 – Pour the blender mixture on top of the roast and top with the bay leaves. 

Cooked roast in a sauce and seasoning in the slow cooker

Step 4 – Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours until the beef is tender and easy to shred. 

  • Step 5 – Remove the bay leaves.  Shred the beef with 2 forks and stir the shredded beef into the sauce in the crock pot. 
  • Step 6 – Let the beef sit for a few minutes to soak up the juices from the crock pot.  
  • Step 7 – Then the beef is ready to serve and enjoy! 

Recipe Tips

  • Cutting Roast – Cut the roast on a cutting board with a sharp knife. This helps to fit the large roast in the slow cooker and helps to fully cook.
  • Shredded Beef – This beef cooks so tender that you can easily shred with a fork. But you can also learn how to shred with a stand mixer.

Favorite Toppings

We love to have all of our favorite toppings when serving this meal. Barbacoa Beef is a crowd pleaser and we love serving this meal when we have our friends over.

  • Cheese
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Avocado
Shredded beef in the sauce and seasoning in the slow cooker

Serving Suggestions

How to Use Leftover Barbacoa

We love having Barbacoa leftover. We actually think it taste better the next day as the flavors have really marinated together. Here are some of our favorite cook once, eat twice ideas:

  • Use the leftover beef to make tacos, taco salads, or burrito bowls. Serve on your favorite tortillas for an amazing meal. You can try the Best Flour Tortilla Recipe if you have a few extra minutes to make your own.
  • This meat is also delicious on corn tortillas. Just use what you prefer. If you love tacos, try making Homemade Taco Shells.  They are so simple to make and these homemade taco bowls taste great and are budget friendly.
  • Make Enchilada’s with your leftover barbacoa meat. Roll them up in flour tortilla’s and top with cheese. This is my husbands favorite way to have them leftover.
  • My kids love to have the leftover meat in Quesadilla’s. This is a great lunch option for my family.
  • Make a big pan of Nacho’s with your leftover meat. We love doing this as everyone gathers around and we top the nacho’s with all of our favorite toppings.
Shredded beef in a bowl with lime wedges and a bowl of white rice on the side

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Prepare Ahead of Time?

You can prepare the marinade and place in a gallon size bag. Then once you are ready to cook just pour over the beef once it is in the crock pot.

How to Store Leftover Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef?

This barbacoa beef is great leftover. If stored properly in an airtight container, it will last about 4-5 days in the refrigerator. You can even freeze your leftover barbacoa beef. It will last about 4 months in the freezer. Place the beef in a freezer safe container and place in the freezer.

What Does Barbacoa Taste Like?

If cooked properly, Barbacoa meat taste like tender, Mexican meat that is filled with savory flavor. Cooking in the slow cooker all day allows for the cumin, oregano and the apple cider vinegar blend together perfectly. The meat will just melt in your mouth with all the authentic flavors from the Mexican spices.

What Kind of Meat is used for Barbacoa?

We use a chuck tender roast when cooking the barbacoa. You can also a brisket. I prefer the chuck roast as it cooks perfectly in the slow cooker. I like that it is so tender and you can shred with a fork. The barbacoa beef is great to use for you tacos or burrito bowls.

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Slow Cooker Chipotle Barbacoa

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Enjoy slow cooker chipotle barbacoa recipe with little effort thanks to the crock pot. Tender beef is cooked to perfection and tasty with rice or tortillas.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 222

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Place the chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, minced garlic, apple cider vinegar, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, lime juice and beef broth in a blender.  Blend until smooth and thoroughly combined. 
  • Cut the chuck roast into large pieces and place these pieces in a crock pot. 
  • Pour the blender mixture on top of the roast and top with the bay leaves. 
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours until the beef is tender and easy to shred. 
  • Remove the bay leaves.  Shred the beef with 2 forks and stir the shredded beef into the sauce in the crock pot. 
  • Let the beef sit for a few minutes to soak up the juices from the crock pot.  
  • Then the beef is ready to serve and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate any leftover beef in an airtight container for up to 5-6 days. 
You want the beef to be easy to shred.  If it’s not, then continue to cook it longer in the crock pot until it shreds easily. 
We love serving the beef over rice or topped on tortillas for delicious burritos or tacos.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 222kcal, Carbohydrates 3g, Protein 22g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 78mg, Sodium 583mg, Potassium 420mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 37IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 38mg, Iron 3mg

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  1. Cassidy says:

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely delicious! Incredibly packed with flavor, and made a ton, way more than the serving suggested which is great because i plan to eat it the rest of the week. Adding this to my dinner rotation!

  2. Sandra says:

    I loved this but it needed something. I can’t put my finger or taste buds on it. Something to add a more depth to the flavor. The flavor is there just needs more. I too froze leftovers. Husband loved it.

  3. Carrie says:

    Mary – This can definitely be made in the instant pot. I would increase the beef broth to 1 cup. Then place all the other ingredients in the instant pot. Seal and cook on high pressure for 70 minutes and then I would do a full natural release after the cook time and then beef should be shreddable and ready to enjoy! I hope you love it!

  4. Mary says:

    Do you know how you would make this in an istapot?

  5. Dawn says:

    5 stars
    This is my all time favorite! The rest of the family likes it as well, but they kind of moan when I make it now, because I made it so frequently when I first found the recipe. I don’t care! I still make it regularly and love it! Leftovers freeze great in single servings so I can enjoy it even more often.