Tacos are pretty much one of the best foods. Ever. Need something quick for dinner? These Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Barbacoa Tacos are perfect! Barbacoa is a meat such as beef that has been slow cooked with some spices and seasoning, then shredded. I love using this shredded beef for tacos, but it is also fantastic in enchiladas or quesadillas. You could even make it into a Mexican salad!
This post contains affiliate links.Slow cookers are the perfect tool to make delicious, home-made meals during the week and when you just don’t have the time or energy to deal with it when you get home. I am particular about any kitchen gadgets or tools as not all of them are worth it, but (affiliate) these slow cooker liners are the most amazing things ever! Just line your crock pot with one before you throw everything in, and then toss it out when you are done for an easy clean up! No caked on gunk! I am not sure how I ever lived without these! Shredding meat can take forever plus my hands always start cramping from all that fork shredding. A better way to do it? Throw all your meat when it is done cooking into a stand mixed with the paddle blade and turn on medium speed for just a few seconds. Instant shredding! No hand cramping! Check out our Roasted Poblano Salsa Verde Enchiladas here which use the same technique!There are so many toppings that you can put on these glorious Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Barbacoa Tacos. I love roasted peppers, fresh salsas, and jicama. Check out some of our other recipes below that would be perfect taco toppers! What are your favorite things to put on a taco?
Adapted from this recipe.
- 2 lb chuck roast
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 large yellow onion, sliced
- 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 Tbsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1/2 Tbsp ground coriander (optional)
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 bay leaves
- Prep the slow cooker with a liner for easy clean up (see note). Place the beef inside the lined slow cooker.
- Add the remaining ingredients into the slow cooker.
- Add water to the slow cooker until the beef is completely covered.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for at least six hours.
- When done cooking, remove the beef from the slow cooker. Trim off any excess fat and place the meat into the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Turn on medium speed to shred the beef, which will only take a few seconds.
- Add some onions and juice from the slow cooker to the bowl and mix in with the beef using a spoon.
27 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Barbacoa Tacos”
These tacos look amazing! I love Mexican food and could eat it every day! Thanks for the recipe!
The tacos look so delicious and mouth watering that i could do with one right now.
Any recipe that I can start in the slow cooker is my friend. We have tacos once a week usually.
Kim, I love the flavors in this beef dish. I am a big Mexican fan and the spices are so good.
Barbacoa is one of my favourite things to make in the slow cooker and I will definitely be trying your recipe. And I had to laugh about the slow cooker liners…they are a life changer. Before we discovered them we use to leave the pot in the sink soaking for days on end – no one wanted to do the messy work. 🙂
We would do the same thing! Those liners are life changing! 🙂
I love tacos!! I have had jicama salad but I’ve never used it in tacos before!! Looks amazing!!
Great post! Slow cookers (and pressure cookers) are such great tools for weeknight cooking. I love barbacoa tacos, and the flavors look spot on. Nice tip for shredding the pork too!
Love tacos & this looks so delicious 🙂
We have tacos weekly! This looks like a great way to change things up!
Oh my goodness, these look amazing! And a slow cooker meal at that. I can definitely do this! My husband is going to love these 😉 Pinning to share!
These tacos look amazing and I love that you make them in a slow cooker! Coriander is my new fave spice lately, pinned!
Your food always looks SO good! Pinned!
Thank you! 🙂
I love using my slow cooker for these kinds of dishes. Looks really, really good.
Ahh this just made me super hungry! Bookmarking 🙂
This looks amazing and so simple to make. I’m definitely pinning this recipe to make later. Thanks for sharing.
What I love about this post is that you stressed how much you need to use slow cooker liners! They really are a life saver. Great recipe as well. YUM!
Hello! I love this recipe. The meat looks so succulent! I’ll be sharing this on pinterest. THis one is a keeper 🙂
I love barbacoa. Definitely making this
Sumptuously! On my taste, I would like to add thinly sliced pickles 🙂
I LOVE barbacoa – especially in a taco! This recipe looks perfect. I can’t wait to try it!
I’ve never thought about shredding beef in a mixer, that’s such a great idea! These tacos look amazing!
These look amazing – your photography is gorgeous! I agree in the power of slow cooker liners! Total game-changers in the kitchen! — Amy @ https://thegiftedgabber.com/
These look great! And aren’t slow cooker liners great? They make clean up so easy!!
yum, always looking for more ideas for the slow cooker thanks
The slow cooker liners are a great idea! And the tacos look awesome- can’t wait to try.