Yield: 10 servings

Barbacoa Beef Recipe {Slow Cooker}

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

This Barbacoa Beef recipe is made in the slow cooker and has an authentic mexican flair! Pair with tortillas and cilantro lime rice for a delicious tex mex meal.


For the Barbacoa:

  • 4 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (just the peppers, not the sauce)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoons ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves


  1. For the barbacoa: In food processor (or blender), combine vinegar, lime juice, chipotle peppers, garlic cloves, cumin, oregano, pepper, salt and ground cloves. Process on high until smooth.
  2. In large crockpot, add roast, pepper puree, bay leaves, and chicken broth. Heat on low 6-8 hours.
  3. Shred beef and place back in juice, remove bay leaves. Serve on a tortilla with cilanto-lime rice, colby cheese, lettuce and guacamole. Enjoy!!!


  • When making the chipotle pepper paste, use only the peppers, not the sauce. You can freeze the excess from the can in ice cube trays for future recipes.
  • Want to cut back on the heat? Use just the sauce from the can of adobo peppers and not use the peppers themselves. My family loves a little spice.
  • If cooking a larger roast than 4 pounds, cook closer to the 8 hour mark for the most tender results. 
  • Make it a freezer meal. You can combine everything in a ziploc freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator overnight, dump it all the slow cooker and cook as directed.
  • Freeze the leftovers for meals later! 
  • YES you can make Instant Pot Barbacoa too!!!
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks!
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 444Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 590mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 45g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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