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Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa


Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa
  • Gluten Free!
Serves: 6Ready In: 8-10 hours in the slow cooker

Why We Like It


Incredibly easy and great-tasting way to turn beef into tender, falling-apart meat that would complement any Mexican meal, and especially ideal for the Fajita Spaghetti Squash Bowl!

Prepare the Beef:

  • 2 lb boneless beef roast (or chuck roast, fat trimmed if needed)
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne red pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 chipotle chiles in adobo (chopped, adjust to your level of kick)
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice (juice from 2 limes)

Place beef in slow cooker.  Top with remaining ingredients, and then pour 1/2 cup of water around the base of the beef.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Serve and Enjoy!

  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 red bell pepper (sliced, or orange or yellow bell pepper)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 jalapenos (sliced)
  • 1 cup salsa (of your choice)

Use 2 forks to shred the beef while it is still in the slow cooker and stir to combine with the juices. Serve with any or all of these toppings.  Feel free to serve with rice, in a taco, or as a salad on your favorite greens.

Nutrition Information for one serving (about 3/4 cup)


  • Calories: 320
  • Fat: 7.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 24 g
  • Cholesterol: 98 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugars: 3 g
  • Protein: 36 g
  • Sodium: 490 mg
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