Crockpot Barbacoa Beef

Monday, August 10, 2015
Crockpot Barbacoa Beef

I know several of you have been requesting more Crockpot dinners lately so I bring to you Crockpot Barbacoa Beef a copycat of the famous Chipotle's Restaurant.  Crockpot Barbacoa Beef is so simple to make and the perfect meal for feeding a crowed.

It's slowly braised in a mouthwatering combo of spices including chipotle peppers, cumin, oregano, apple cider vinegar, lime juice and a just a bit of cinnamon to leave the house smelling amazing. 
The long slow braise leaves the meat melt in your mouth tender.

I usually will brown the meat first for an extra punch of flavor but decided to skip the browning and opted for a simple throw together crockpot dish this time around.

I promise you won't miss browning the meat in this dish and neither will anyone else it's packed with flavor.

Crockpot Barbacoa Beef makes the perfect filling for burritos, tacos, taco salad or even enchiladas.

In a blender add 2 Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce, 2 tablespoons Adobo Sauce from the can of peppers, 3 cloves Garlic, 1 tablespoon Cumin, 3 teaspoons Oregano, 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika, 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice and 3/4 cup Water.
Blend until smooth.
Add 2 lbs of Beef Stew Meat or 2lbs Beef Chuck Roast cut up and pureed spices to Crockpot. Mix until meat is well coated.
Cover and set crockpot to high for 6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
Tender Crockpot Barbacoa Beef
Meat should be tender and pull apart easily with a fork.
Tender shredded Crockpot Barbacoa Beef.
Shred Beef using two forks and mix into sauce.
Crockpot Barbacoa Beef is the perfect filling!
Use Crockpot Barbacoa Beef to fill Burritos, Tacos, Enchiladas, Taco Salad or Nachos.

After making Crockpot Barbacoa Beef at home you might not miss Chipotles version so much! According to the family this is even better! 

Yield: 6 Servings
Nutrition facts: 214 calories, 7 grams fat

Crockpot Barbacoa Beef

Juicy, tender Crockpot Barbacoa Beef is easy to make and the perfect filling for burritos, tacos, enchiladas or taco salad! It's easy to make and takes less then 10 minutes to assemble in the crockpot!
5 out of 5 based on 2 user ratings
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 6 hourtotal time: 6 hours and 10 mins


  • 2 pounds Beef Stew Meat or Beef Chuck Cut Into Chunks
  • 2 whole Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Adobo Sauce
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 3 teaspoons Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice, Fresh Squeezed (2-4 Limes Juiced)
  • 3/4 cup Water


  1. In a blender combine chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, paprika, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, lime juice and water. Blend until smooth.
  2. In a crock pot add beef stew meat and pour blended sauce over the top. Cover crockpot and cook for 6 hours on high or 8-10hours on low.
  3. Use 2 forks to shred beef.
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Crockpot Barbacoa Beef so easy and full of flavor. According to the family it's better than Chipotle!


  1. Wow, these look amazing Serena. I can't wait to try your recipe. Pinned for later.

  2. So delicious! Thanks for this recipe!

  3. Looks great, and you know I love anything with the crock-pot. Pinning!

  4. Could you use this recipe using chicken or pork instead of beef?

    1. Hi, Pork would be amazing with this recipe and so would chicken. I would probably cook chicken a little less then I would simmer the beef or pork for texture reasons.

  5. I was just wondering how spicy this is. I like a bit of spice, but not too hot!

    1. It has some kick, but not so hot my kids couldn't enjoy it! Probably about as spicy as a mild-medium jalapeƱo.


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