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Slow Cooker Barbacoa

Beef Barbacoa made in the slow cooker is tender, spicy, and the perfect no-fuss meat for your tacos, burritos, and salads. Recipe inspired by Gimme Some Oven.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Basil and Bubbly


  • 2.5 to 3 lb chuck roast cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce chopped
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped green chiles
  • 1 small onion finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice about 3 limes of juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ cup beer


  • Put all of the ingredients, except for the beer, into the crockpot.
  • Toss to coat.
  • Pour beer on top of everything.
  • Put the lid on the crockpot, set to low, and cook for approximately 7 to 8 hours.
  • Shred the meat, and leave in the crockpot for at least 15 minutes, or until ready to serve. I left mine shredded in the pot with the cooker set on "warm" for almost an hour and a half and it was still delicious.