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serving Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa from a white bowl with tongs

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa made easy in the crockpot! Super tender with big, bold flavors, it's perfect for tacos, burritos or any of your Mexican-themed meals!
Course Main Entree
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Beef barbacoa, Instant pot beef barbacoa, slow cooker beef barbacoa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 383kcal
Author Lalaine


  • 3 pounds chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1/2 cup mild beer
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 can (7 ounces) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Massage chuck roast on all sides with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the beef and sear on each side. Transfer to slow cooker.
  • In the pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring regularly until lightly browned. 
  • Add the beer and beef broth to the pan. Bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan to release the browned bits.
  • In a blender or food processor, combine the liquid with the onions and garlic, chipotle peppers, cider vinegar, cumin, oregano, sugar, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Pulse until blended and smooth and pour on top of the meat in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on LOW for about 9 to 10 hours or on HIGH for about 5 to 6 hours. 
  • Remove beef from slow cooker and shred using two forks. Pour sauce over shredded beef as desired and toss to coat fully. Serve hot.


Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 900mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 4.8mg