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pulled beef barbacoa served in a bowl with lime wedges

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

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WW Freestyle: 6
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa is cooked low and slow all day to get the perfect Mexican flavor and tenderness. It’s rich and perfect on tacos with lime wedges!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10
Calories: 262


  • 3 to 4 pounds chuck roast, cut into 6 to 8 chunks
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (4-ounces) green chilies
  • 2 chipotles in adobo, diced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ cup beef broth, (try to use low-sodium beef broth whenever possible)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • juices from 2 limes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, for garnish


  • In the bowl of your slow cooker combine prepped chuck roast, onions, garlic, green chilies, chipotles, ground cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • In a small bowl whisk together beef broth, vinegar, and lime juice; pour broth mixture over ingredients in slow cooker.
  • Add bay leaves.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. Cooked beef should be tender and should fall apart easily when shredded with a fork.
  • Remove beef from slow cooker and transfer to a cutting board.
  • Using two forks, or shredder claws, shred the beef into bite size pieces.
  • Transfer shredded beef back into the slow cooker; stir everything together until completely incorporated.
  • Garnish with cilantro or parsley and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 559mg23%
Potassium 514mg15%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 184IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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