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Sheet pan filled with shredded beef and limes with two gold forks

Spicy Beef Barbacoa

Spicy beef barbacoa can be on your dinner table tonight (and have plenty for leftovers!) with minimal effort. Load up your crock pot in the morning and eat delicious shredded beef for days. 

Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword barbacoa, beef barbacoa, shredded beef
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 238 kcal
Author betsy


  • 3 lbs beef chuck roast
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 chipotle chilis in adobo chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups beef broth
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar


  1. Cut the beef into large cubes. Season generously with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sear the beef on each side. Transfer meat to your slow cooker.

  3. In a bowl, whisk together chilis, beef broth, garlic, cumin, oregano, cloves, lime juice and apple cider vinegar. Pour over meat.

  4. Cook on low for 8-9 hours or high for 6 hours. Shred the meat with two forks. Return meat to crock pot and simmer in juices for an additional 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

For a stovetop version. Sear the meat in a large dutch oven, add the remaining ingredients, and simmer on low for 8 hours 

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Beef Barbacoa
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 250mg10%
Potassium 423mg12%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 281IU6%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.