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Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

The best, classic, easy slow cooker barbacoa beef recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Tender beef melts in your mouth. Packed with chipotle peppers and adobo sauce.


  • 4 pound Chuck roast , Cut into large cubes, Brisket can also be used
  • 1 cup Onion, Finely chopped
  • 1 cup Beef broth, Low sodium
  • 2 tbsp Lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1-2 Bay leaves
  • Salt, To taste
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Oregano , Dried, Preferably Mexican oregano
  • 1 tbsp Cumin powder
  • 3 Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, Must add 1 tbsp canned adobo sauce too
  • 1 can Green chiles, 4 oz. can
  • 1-2 tbsp Cilantro, Fresh, Roughly chopped, For topping


  • Add all the ingredients in a crockpot (3 quart or larger).
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours. You can cook on high heat for 3-4 hours but the best results come from low and slow cooking.
  • Remove and discard bay leaves. 
  • Shred with 2 forks and toss everything together. 
  • Garnish with finely chopped cilantro. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Calories: 420kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 44g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 156mg, Sodium: 192mg, Potassium: 795mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 62IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 6mg