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This Mexican Shredded Beef has become one of our favorite Taco Tuesday meals and I’m certain you will love this recipe, too! Crock pot Mexican shredded beef tacos are loaded with flavor and they’re incredibly easy to make.

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You are going to love these easy Crock pot Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos. Make sure you try any of our 53 Best Mexican Crock Pot Recipes. The shredded beef cooks with so much flavor in a delicious sauce.

This crock pot recipe is perfect to serve for a weeknight meal or to feed a crowd.

Why This Recipe Works

This shredded beef recipe makes the best tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. You will love how easy it is to make with simple spices.

The crock pot makes this recipe so easy as it does all the work. Make this to meal prep for a busy week.


crock pot mexican shredded beef ingredients - beef chuck roast, green chiles, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, lime

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Variations Ideas

  • Seasoning – Feel free to make Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe instead of the seasoning listed in the recipe card. You can easily add in paprika, garlic powder, cilantro, oregano and chopped onions for a delicious variation.
  • Tortilla – Serve these beef tacos with flour tortillas or corn tortillas.

How to Make Mexican Shredded Beef in the Crock Pot

  • Step 1 – Place the roast in the crockpot (I used a 6-quart programmable crockpot).
  • Step 2 – In a small bowl combine the kosher salt, green chilies, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Step 3 – Spread the mixture over the roast in the crockpot.
  • Step 4 – Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  • Step 5 – Shred the beef. Squeeze on fresh lime juice over the beef and stir to combine with the beef broth.
  • Step 6 – Serve on warm tortillas, pile on nachos, or with a side of rice

Recipe Tips

  • Crock Pot Recommendation – We used 6 quart crockpot to make this recipe but you may need a larger size depending on the size of your roast. Check out these Best Slow Cookers of 2024 if you are need a new crockpot.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking time will vary but we like cooking the roast on low for best results.
  • Shredding Roast – You can easily shred the roast with two forks, but following these tips to shred the beef with a mixer.
  • Cooking Methods – We love the way the slow cooker cooks the meat with tenderness. But you can also cook it in the pressure cooker or Dutch Oven on the stove-top.
easy shredded beef tacos with limes

Serving Suggestions

We love to serve these Mexican shredded beef tacos with homemade instant pot refried beans, Black Beans in the Crockpot, Spanish rice and of course Crockpot white cheese dip.

These tacos are even better topped with your favorite taco toppings. These are some of our favorites.

What To Do with Shredded Meat?

There is so much freedom with this Mexican shredded beef tacos crock pot recipe! You don’t actually have to turn these into tacos all of the time.  That is the best part!

You can serve this gluten-free slow cooker Mexican shredded beef taco recipe as burritos. Or, you can serve it on nachos, make slow cooker beef enchiladas, or make quesadillas out of them.

You could even use the shredded beef on top of a plate of salad greens! We have even used the shredded meat to make burrito bowls

In fact, we like to cook this once but double the recipe ingredients.  We eat Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos for dinner that night and then we save the leftovers and use them for quesadillas or enchiladas for an easy dinner later on in the week.

I love it when I can cook once but eat twice!

easy shredded beef tacos with limes

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need Sear Roast before placing in the Slow Cooker?

If you want to sear your roast, you can do that first by place the roast in skillet over medium-high heat. Turn the roast to sear each side. This won’t affect the cooking time, it just adds some additional flavor.

How to Store Leftover Shredded Beef

Store the leftover shredded beef in an airtight container in the refrigerator. We like to make sure to place the beef with the liquid to keep the meat from drying out.

How to Reheat

We recommend reheating the meat in the microwave or on the stovetop. You can even heat in the oven depending on how much you have left.

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Mexican Shredded Beef

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Easy crock pot recipe. Make this Gluten Free Crock pot Mexican Shredded Beef Taco recipe in no time. It is the most amazing shredded beef taco recipe!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 320



  • Place the roast in a 6 quart crock pot.
  • In a small bowl combine the green chilis, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Spread the mixture over the roast in the crock pot.
  • Place the lid on top and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  • Shred the beef. Squeeze the fresh lime over the beef and stir to combine.
  • Serve on tortillas, on nachos, or over rice. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

A round roast or rump roast can also be used to make this easy Mexican shredded beef recipe.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 320kcal, Carbohydrates 3g, Protein 33g, Fat 20g, Saturated Fat 9g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 117mg, Sodium 373mg, Potassium 642mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 646IU, Vitamin C 7mg, Calcium 50mg, Iron 5mg

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  1. I don’t like green chili’s, so should I add some kind of liquid to the crockpot to make up for the juice it won’t get from them? I don’t want it to be all dried out.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely wonderful ! Used a 4 lb chuck roast. Plenty for quesadillas, nachos and tacos. Rest frozen for late night nachos ca

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe! Simple and easy but has great flavour, we will definitely be adding this to our favourites collection.

  4. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious! I love how versatile this recipe is, too! You can use the meat for tacos, nachos, burritos, a salad….YUM!