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4.91 from 11 votes

Easy Barbacoa Recipe

Barbacoa is so easy to to make in your slow cooker for a tender, delicious beef barbacoa recipe that rivals that restaurant favorite!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: barbacoa, best barbacoa recipe, easy barbacoa recipe, slow cooker barbacoa recipe, slow cooker beef recipe, slow cooker recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 356kcal
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 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

Optional Toppings:

  • red onion
  • cilantro
  • lime


  • 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.



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