Slow Cooker Barbacoa (Shredded Beef)

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef (Barbacoa)

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5 from 2 reviews

This Slow Cooker Shredded Beef is easy to make in the crockpot for dinner and tastes better than the Barbacoa at Chipotle.


  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 pounds beef roast (i used chuck roast or you could use bottom round)
  • 2 cups water


  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the 3 chipotle peppers (removed from the can with some adobo sauce), cilantro, onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, the juice of one lime, and the apple cider vinegar. Blend until almost smooth.
  2. Place beef in slow cooker.
  3. Pour the homemade sauce on top. Add two cups of water.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.