Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos

closeup of street size beef tacos

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef is fall-apart-tender, braised in a somewhat spicy tomato-chipotle sauce, that makes amazing tacos. Or whatever else your heart desires.

It has a deliciously easy sauce with a flavor depth that permeates the beef as it slow cooks for hours. With very little effort to achieve such amazing results.

Plus, it’s perfect for meal prep yielding any number of Mexican flavored dishes. And… it’s 100% freezer friendly.

Why I Love Mexican Shredded Beef

One of my favorite weeknight/meal prep tricks is Mexican shredded chicken. So convenient for tacos, nachos, pasta ragu, and even Chicken Tortilla Soup.

But this Mexican Shredded Beef is in a league all of its own. So incredibly flavorful.

And also perfect for tacos, nachos, grain bowls, burritos… salads, and, of course, lots more. So…

What to make with Mexican Shredded Beef

While the variations and ideas are endless, here are just a few that come to mind:

Tacos (of course – keep reading)
Nachos – skillet or sheet pan (nacho recipes)
Burritos – (perfect for freezing)
Quesadillas – (quick and snack perfect)
Enchiladas – swap the chicken for this shredded beef (recipes here
Grain Bowls – bring incredible Mexican flavor to your grain and burrito bowls (ideas here)
Empanadas – savory picnic, street and party food (recipes here)

More Mexican recipes here >>

Mexican Shredded Beef Ingredients

ingredients for Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos

Seven simple ingredients plus spices:

• Beef Roast
• Garlic
• Onion
• Orange Juice
• Chipotle Peppers in Adobo
• 14 ounce can Petite Diced Tomatoes
• Beef Stock

How to Make Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

Begin with a 2 to 3-pound beef chuck roast. Cut it into 4 pieces and sear on all sides. 

Side note: I’m loving this new French nonstick skillet I picked up recently to replace one damaged in a move. So far, other than my cast iron, this is my favorite nonstick skillet!  

Beef Roast cut into portions and seared

Remove the seared roast and place in the slow cooker. In the same skillet, add the onions and cook for a few minutes to soak up the flavor from the beef. Then add the broth and cook for a minute or so to scrape up the browned bits of yummy deliciousness.

Pour the onions and broth mixture over the beef in the slow cooker. Finally, add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker. Turn the beef to coat, cover, and cook on low until the beef is fall-apart tender.

Mexican Shredded Beef in the Slow Cooker

Once cooked, remove the beef from the sauce and shred with 2 forks. Meanwhile, let the sauce reduce slightly by continuing to simmer. Add as much sauce as you wish to the shredded beef and serve.

shredded Mexican beef in a white bowl

Beef Tacos

Simple additions to already amazing tacos:

• Mexican Shredded Beef
• Tortillas (corn, flour, or street size to 8-inch)
• Pico de Gallo (Mexican Salsa)
• or Chopped Tomatoes
• Baby Field Greens
• Sour cream
• Fresh cilantro, whole and chopped
• Sliced Red Onions

street beef tacos with condiments

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Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos

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Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef is fall-apart-tender, braised in a somewhat spicy tomato-chipotle sauce, that makes amazing tacos. Or whatever else your heart desires.

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 15 to 20 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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Ingredients

SPICE MIX

1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste (about 1 teaspoon each)

BEEF

2 to 3 lb beef chuck or brisket, cut into 4 pieces
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, sliced
1/2 cup orange juice
2 to 3 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped
14 oz can petit diced tomatoes
2 cups beef stock
Salt and pepper

Instructions

Sear the beef in a nonstick skillet on all sides, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add the beef to the slow cooker.

In the same skillet, add the onions. Cook until they begin to soften. Then add the broth, scraping up the browned bits as it cooks; about a minute. Pour the broth over the beef in the slow cooker.

To the slow cooker, add the remaining ingredients; garlic, tomatoes, chipotle peppers, and orange juice to the slow cooker. Stir slightly, turn the beef to coat, cover, and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours or until the beef is fall apart tender.

Remove the beef from sauce, shred with 2 forks. Meanwhile, let the sauce simmer in the slow cooker for 10 to 15 minutes to reduce slightly. Season with salt to taste.

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

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