Mexican Shredded Chuck Roast


This shredded beef chuck roast is mild yet full of Mexican flavors — perfect for tacos, burritos, tostadas, enchiladas, or taquitos. The Herdez cooking sauce takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect blend of chiles and spices. This pulled beef freezes well and reheats easily for a variety of fast, Mexican-inspired meals.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins


  • 1 (3 pound) beef chuck roast

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth, divided

  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle Mexican guajillo red chile cooking sauce (such as Herdez®)

  • 3 bay leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Cut chuck roast into 3-inch cubes, removing excess fat and connective tissue. Season beef with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat grapeseed oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Sear cubes of beef a few at a time, until well browned on all sides, about 4 minutes per batch. Reserve browned beef in a bowl. Reduce heat to medium and add onion and garlic. Cook until soft and just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.

  4. Add 1 cup beef broth to onion mixture and stir well; simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Add beef and pour in guajillo sauce. Add a little beef broth to the empty jar, seal, and shake to release remaining sauce; pour over beef. Pour in enough of remaining broth to cover beef. Add bay leaves and bring to a gentle simmer.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven, covered, until beef is fork-tender, about 2 1/2 hours.

  6. Remove beef from sauce and set aside; discard bay leaves. Skim off excess fat from the top of cooking liquid and bring to a boil to reduce slightly. Shred beef with two forks and return to cooking sauce.


Alternately, this can be cooked on low in a slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours, though I do recommend searing the beef and cooking the onion mixture on the stovetop. I would also reduce the amount of beef broth by half if using a slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

207 Calories
14g Fat
4g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 207
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 154mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 24mg 118%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 252mg 5%

* 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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