Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa


This beef barbacoa can be made in your own crockpot or slow cooker. It is a Mexican-style shredded beef that is slowly cooked in spices and vegetables, then wrapped in a flour tortilla.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins


  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck roast

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 bay leaves

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar

  • 1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • ¼ cup chili powder

  • salt to taste


  1. Place roast, onion, bay leaves, black pepper, garlic powder, and vinegar in a slow cooker; cover ingredients completely with water. Cover and cook on High setting until meat is very tender and falling apart, about 4 hours.

  2. Remove meat from the slow cooker and discard liquids. Return meat to slow cooker; shred with fork and knife. Stir tomato sauce, chili powder, and salt into the shredded meat. Cover the cooker, and cook meat and sauce on High for an additional 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

292 Calories
19g Fat
9g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 292
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 9mg 43%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 482mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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