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Easy Barbacoa Recipe Slow Cooker – tender slow cooked beef, easy to make, less expensive and tastier than the one I’ve had at a popular restaurant. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena #RediscoverLaMorena

A rice bowl made with Slow Cooker Easy Barbacoa recipe with black beans brown rice lime salsa avocado tomatoes.Easy Barbacoa Recipe – Slow Cooker – beef chunk roast (or brisket), slowly cooked until tender, with an amazing combination of flavors – cumin, garlic and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

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Easy Barbacoa Recipe – Slow Cooker – beef chunk roast (or brisket), slowly cooked until tender, with an amazing combination of flavors – cumin, garlic and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

What is Barbacoa Beef?

This is not an authentic Barbacoa recipe, but it is the way I make it, with ingredients, that are easy to find. It requires minimal prep work, just add the seasoning and let the slow cooker do the work. All you need to do is shred the beed and sear it (optional). Then serve on a rice bowl, burritos or tacos.

Looking for similar recipes? You may also like this Shrimp Rice Bowl Recipe, Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Pulled Pork Quinoa Bowls .

These Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas taste amazing!


This Easy Barbacoa Recipe Slow Cooker is perfect for meal planning. Just make it on the weekend and you can have your lunch ready during the week.

Juicy tender easy slow-cooker Barbacoa recipe. Beef with sauce in a crock pot, topped with cilantro.

I served it with brown rice, black beans, salsa verde, tomatoes and topped with cilantro. Feel free to serve it with your favorite stuff.

What kind of meat do you use for barbacoa beef?


How to cook it, so it melts in your mouth? I have the answers to all these questions for you.

Traditional barbacoa could be made with sheep, beef, parts of the cattle like the head and cheeks, goat or even pork meat. The dish is popular in many latin countries and the Caribbean.


Contemporary recipes, that copycat Chipotle’s Barbacoa Beef recipe call for beef chuck roast or brisket, meats that have some fat content.

Chipotle’s barbacoa beef is my favorite. This slow cooker Barbacoa recipe, that I’m sharing with you today tastes just as good!

Made with chuck roast beef and a spicy, flavorful adobo sauce, this is so simple to put together and melts in your mouth.

So how do you make Barbacoa Beef?

To make Barbacoa Beef, you can use a slow cooker, pressure cooker or slowly braise it in a Dutch oven  (or another pot) for hours.


Rice bowl Chipotle Style made with this Easy Barbacoa Recipe. Tender Barbacoa Beef Chunk Roast in a bowl with rice, beans, avocado, lime, salsa and tomatoes.

I’ve only tried the slow cooker method and it works great for me. This is what makes the beef very tender – slow cooking.

Since this is not an authentic recipe, the easiest way to make Barbacoa at home is to use beef brisket of beef chuck roast.

Shredded easy barbaoa recipe - slow cooker, meat on a cutting board chipotle peppers in adobo.

What seasoning to use for Barbacoa?

For the seasoning I use salt and pepper, cumin, oregano, garlic, onion, stock (vegetable or beef), bay leaf and Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce ( I used LA MORENA®).

The LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce are what brings an amazing flavor to this dish.

Anytime I make a Mexican (Latin) inspired dish I love using LA MORENA® products. Their products ahem been around for years and continue to provide excellent flavors to cooks like me.

Since I enjoy experimenting with recipes, it is important to use high quality products that inspire me to try new flavors. LA MORENA® is just perfect for that. Their products help me rediscover my  love for cooking simple, but flavorful dishes like this Easy Barbacoa Recipe Slow Cooker.

La Morena chipotle peppers in Adobo in a can. Perfect for easy slow cooker barbacoa beef.

I usually try to have LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Whole Jalapeños in my pantry for the times when I need to rediscover myself with a recipe like today’s on.

A jar of La Morena Chipotle Peppers In Adobo, used to make easy slow cooker barbacoa recipe.

This time I had to go to the store and get some. I get my LA MORENA products at my local Jewel Osco Store (I live in the Chicagoland). They are located at the Hispanic aisle.


As the premium brand in the category, LA MORENA® is the perfect flavor, consumers have trusted and will continue to be. LA MORENA® has been and continues to provide the highest quality traditional flavors it has for over 35 years.

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Easy Barbacoa Recipe Slow Cooker

Easy Barbacoa Recipe Slow Cooker - tender slow cooked beef, easy to make, less expensive and tastier than the one I've had at a popular restaurant.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 7 hours
Total: 7 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 3 lb beef chuck roast or brisket
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, or lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, small, quartered
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp Chipotle chilis in adobo sauce
  • 1 cup broth, chicken, vegetable or beef


  • Cut beef into 2x2 inch pieces. Season with salt, pepper, cumin and oregano. Place in a slow cooker.
  • Add lime juice, Bay leaves, chipotle chilis in adobo and broth.  Add garlic and onion. Cook on high for 6-7 hours, until tender.
  • Remove meat and transfer to a cutting board. Shred with 2 forks.
  • Strain the cooking liquid and reserve all or some of it foe serving.
  • Return meat to the pot and keep it warm.
  • Optional: To crisp up the meat, before you serve it, you can heat 2 tbsp oil on a skillet and lightly brown it for 2 minutes per side, turning once).


Calories: 258kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 93mg, Sodium: 721mg, Potassium: 501mg, Vitamin A: 135IU, Vitamin C: 3.2mg, Calcium: 41mg, Iron: 3.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Main
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  1. Mmm what a great way to make beef, Mira! I love barbacoa, but I’ve never made it myself before. I love these flavors! I also love Jewel, so I will have to check out those ingredients. Love that this is made in the slow cooker, too!

  2. This is the kind of meal we would love here and I love that it’s made in the slow cooker! Looks delicious Mira!

  3. I’ve been on the lookout for a perfect summertime slow cooker recipe! This is it!! Delicious, Mira!

  4. I have officially found my new crockpot go to. This looks AMAZING, and so many things you can do with it!

  5. This recipe sounds just incredible, Mira. I love the idea of having stashes of it all ready in the freezer.

    Like you say, there are so many ways of using it. Delicious!