This Slow Cooker Barbacoa Recipe has become one of our family favorites. Tender fall apart beef that simmers all day long in flavorful Mexican spices. If you are a fan of Chipotles Barbacoa recipe, you are going to love this recipe. We love to use the Barbacoa for quick and easy tacos. It’s perfect on a corn tortilla piled high with fresh pico de gallo, avocados and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
My very favorite slow cooker recipes are the ones that take the least amount of preparation. On busy mornings, I just want to throw it in the slow cooker and go. I recently updated this recipe and photos to start with searing. This step is great and gives it added color and flavor, but it’s not required if you are in a hurry!
Start with a good quality cut of boneless chuck roast. A good quality cut will have a nice amount of fat that will render out in the slow cooker without being overly fatty. For very best results, use a fresh chuck roast you have not frozen. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours, or until tender.
Once the meat is tender, it’s time to shred and serve. Don’t discard the flavorful cooking liquid. Keep the juices in the slow cooker and let them combine with the shredded meat.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 1/2 pounds of good quality boneless chuck roast
- 1/2 cup low sodium beef broth
- 1 tablespoon of kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon of chili powder
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon freshly minced cilantro
Season roast lightly with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet, heat tablespoon of vegetable oil to high, sear roast on both sides.
Place boneless chuck roast in slow cooker and use seasoning to season on all sides. Add beef broth to slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low in slow cooker for 8-9 hours, or until meat is fork tender.
Once meat is tender, shred in slow cooker and serve with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of cilantro.
Perfect on tacos, in burritos, burrito bowls or just as a main dish with rice and beans!
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