Kris' Amazing Shredded Mexican Beef


My husband grew up in southern California, and he says this shredded Mexican beef is the best he's ever had. Use it in burritos, tacos, salads and more.

close up view of Shredded Mexican Beef with salsa on lettuce wraps on a plate
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 45 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (4 pound) beef bottom round roast or other lean roast

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 (7 ounce) can chopped green chilies

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 (7 ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or to taste

  • 1 cube beef bouillon


  1. Trim the roast of any excess fat, and cut into four pieces. Rub with black pepper, and place into a slow cooker. Add the onions, green chiles, chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, cumin, chipotle peppers, and beef bouillon. Pour in enough water to cover 1/3 of the roast.

  2. Cover, and cook on High until the meat begins to fall apart, about 8 hours. Add water if needed to keep the roast from drying out.

  3. Turn the slow cooker to Low, and remove meat to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Shred the meat into bite-sized pieces using two forks. Return the meat to the slow cooker; cook about 20 minutes to reheat before serving.

Cook's Note

If you're unsure of how spicy you want this, start with 1/2 can chipotles. If you cut the recipe in 1/2 (2 lb. roast) keep everything except the chipotles the same. Use 1/4 can chipotles.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

338 Calories
21g Fat
4g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 338
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 426mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 13mg 64%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 585mg 12%

* 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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