The Best Barbacoa recipe! Tender, deliciously seasoned beef cooked low and slow in the slow cooker. Perfect for tacos, burritos, and salads.

Photograph of tender barbacoa beef on a tortilla topped with red onions, cilantro, and served with lime. // addapinch.com

One of my favorite things to order when we happen to be in an area where we can visit a certain restaurant has always been their barbacoa. It always makes for a meal that is out of this world. But, even though restaurant barbaco may be readily available in most areas, they are few and far between in my neck of the woods. As in, I’d have to drive about 40 miles to the nearest one. I have to say, my easy homemade version rivals that restaurant favorite! I hope you enjoy it, too!

Barbacoa Beef Recipe

To make this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 (4-5 pound) chuck roast
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2-3 chipotle chilis in adobo sauce chopped
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt

How to Make Barbacoa Beef

Making this tender, delicious barbacoa beef in the slow cooker is so simple.

  • Add chuck roast to the insert of the slow cooker.
  • In a 2 cup measuring cup stir together beef broth, apple cider vinegar, garlic, chilis, adobo sauce, cumin, chili powder, oregano, and salt. Pour into the slow cooker and cook on low setting for 8 hours.
  • Shred the barbacoa beef in the slow cooker using two forks. It absorbs even more fo teh delicious barbacoa sauce as it is in the slow cooker.
  • Use a pair of tongs or a fork to easily serve the barbacoa with a drizzle of additional sauce.

How to Serve Barbacoa Beef

Barbacoa beef is delicious in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, soups, and salads. That spicy kick is unmistakably delicious!

We especially love to toast tortillas and then pile on our barbacoa with our favorite toppings of red onion and additional cilantro.

Served with a side of salsa and a fresh squeeze of lime, it is a meal my whole family loves!

How to Make Ahead

To make ahead, prepare it according to the recipe instructions. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can You Freeze Barbacoa?

To freeze, store in an airtight, freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Other Favorite Beef Recipes

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Beef Stroganoff Recipe

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Here’s my Easy Barbacoa recipe. I think you are going to make this again and again!

Easy Barbacoa Recipe

The Best Barbacoa recipe! Tender, deliciously seasoned beef cooked low and slow in the slow cooker. Perfect for tacos, burritos, and salads.
5 from 13 votes

Review Recipe

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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 6
Course Main Course
Calories: 356kcal
Cuisine American, Mexican
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 1 (4-5 pound) chuck roast
  • 1/2 cup beef stock or broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2-3 chipotle chilis in adobo sauce chopped
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Optional Toppings:

  • red onion
  • cilantro
  • lime

Instructions

  • Add chuck roast to the insert of slow cooker. In a 2 cup measuring cup stir together beef broth, apple cider vinegar, garlic, chilis, adobo sauce, cumin, chili powder, oregano and salt. Pour into slow cooker and cook on low setting for 8 hours.
  • Shred beef in the slow cooker using two forks. Serve barbacoa with a drizzle of additional sauce.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator or in the freezer for a few months.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 343mg
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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48 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. This was a hit on a blustery fall day. My husband said it does taste just like that certain restaurant’s version. Thanks for a really easy meal.

  2. Easy, fast and delicious. It was great because it was a warm day and didn’t have to heat up kitchen. Made it exactly as recipe stated. My slow cooker runs pretty warm even on low so I cooked it for 7 hrs The flavor was amazing. Served with a big side salad. Yummy, will definitely be a repeater.

  3. I saved this recipe several years ago and finally decided to make it. Ah, it is fabulous! I live in San Diego so chipotles in adobo sauce are readily available and really makes this recipe. I put only the beef on a flour tortilla, no toppings and it was so good. Thank you Robyn.

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