Make this easy Barbacoa Recipe in your slow cooker! In just 10 minutes, your chuck roast gets slathered with our incredible wet spice rub, then into the slow cooker to cook low and slow for 8 hours. Our barbacoa recipe is juicy, flavorful and super tender with a rich sauce you’ll want to drink straight 😂just like me!! Get ready for the most amazing easy barbacoa recipe to make tacos, burritos or quesadillas!! And this barbacoa recipe gets even better on day 2, making it a winner in our house… except we rarely have any leftovers 🤷.
This is an Americanized version of traditional Mexican barbacoa tacos in crockpot or slow cooker, and I’m using a beef roast in place of the beef cheeks that are often used in a traditional barbacoa recipe. After searching in our market for beef cheeks, the butcher recommended a chuck roast as the best option, given that it’s cooked in the slow cooker for 8 hours.
Barbacoa Recipe Ingredients
2.5 – 3 lb boneless beef chuck roast
salt & pepper
1/2 cup cilantro, thoroughly washed
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons diced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 🔥for more spicy barbacoa, use more of this!!
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 teaspoon ground oregano
6 oz Mexican beer
6 oz beef broth
1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon Roasted Beef Base
Barbacoa Recipe Directions
Trim extra fat from the chuck roast. Season all sides with salt and pepper.
We’re going to make the wet rub using a Nutribullet to blend everything together, you can also use a food processor or blender, or cut everything finely and mix together.
Cut the stems from the cilantro and place the greens in the Nutribullet. Squeeze 2 limes and juice. Pour 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice into the container. Add 4 cloves of minced garlic. Add the dry spices and tomato paste. Add the chipotles in adobo sauce – I love this glass jar of diced chipotle in adobe sauce, more than the glass jar of whole chipotles or the cans of chipotles. It keeps super well in the refrigerator and makes it easy to have on hand for making chipotle mayo, chipotle sour cream and more 😋. Place the lid on the container and blend.
Spread the wet rub over the top of the roast. Place in the crockpot, rub side down and spread the remaining rub on the top of the roast. Pour the beer and the beef broth into the slow cooker, along the side of the roast so the rub is not washed off the top of the beef. Note: if you prefer, you can make the barbacoa tacos with consomme or beef broth instead of using the 6 oz of beer.
Cover and cook on LOW for about 8 hours or until tender. Remove the roast to a cutting board. Skim the fat from the juice if necessary. Shred the beef into pieces, removing and discarding any fat. To serve, add some of the delicious juice to the beef and serve the filling for barbacoa tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, taco bowls, nachos – let your imagination run wild 🦄 My favorite way to serve this barbacoa recipe is in tacos, spooning the savory juice into my barbacoa tacos lightly dressed with cilantro, chopped onions, avocado and a little tomatillo sauce – trust me, you will 😍 it… and I’m SO not exaggerating about drinking the juice… it really is THAT good!
Refrigerate any leftover meat with the cooking liquid. I like to reheat the barbacoa slowly with the juice in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
Thank you so much for watching and I’ll see you in the next video!
xoxo Annie ♥
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