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Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

Tacos, taco salads, burrito bowls, egg scrambles…the options are endless when it comes to this tender, perfectly spiced slow cooker beef barbacoa.

  • Author: Jessica Beacom
  • Prep Time: 15 mins.
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hrs., 15 mins.
  • Yield: About 12 (2½-ounce) servings 1x
  • Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Whole30, Paleo, Dairy-Free


  • 3 lbs. boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 2-inch cubes and trimmed of fat
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (or 1¼ tsp. garlic powder)
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • ½ tsp. ground chipotle pepper (more if you want more spice)
  • ½ medium onion, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ cup water or organic low-sodium chicken or beef broth 


Slow Cooker Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  2. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours or until meat is tender and shreds easily.
  3. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
  4. Serve in lettuce wraps or stuffed in a baked sweet potato with toppings of choice.


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  • Serving Size: 3 oz of beef
  • Calories: 210
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 100 mg
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 23 g