Slow Cooked Shredded Beef Tacos

Slow Cooked Shredded Beef Tacos

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Temp Low

Slow Cooked Shredded Beef Tacos – A tasty recipe for beef tacos made with a slow cooker


  • 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Pounds Beef
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Cup Beef Stock
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 Chipotle Pepper in adobe sauce
  • 1/2 Large Sweet Onion, diced
  • 3-4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Favorite Taco Toppings


  1. Step One

    Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Step Two

    Meanwhile, combine the chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika in a small bowl.

  3. Step Three

    Rub the spice mix into the beef, covering each side evenly.

  4. Step Four

    Once the oil is hot (it will shimmer a bit in the skillet), place the beef in the skillet and sear on each side.

  5. Step Five

    Remove the beef from the skillet and place in the bottom of a slow cooker.

  6. Step Six

    Leave the pan on the heat, and add in the beef stock to deglaze, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

  7. Step Seven

    Add the tomato paste and minced chipotle and whisk into the pan sauce.

  8. Step Eight

    Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for a few minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.

  9. Step Nine

    Add the diced onion and minced garlic on top of the seared beef in the slow cooker.

  10. Step Ten

    Pour the pan sauce down over the onions, garlic, and beef.

  11. Step Eleven

    Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

  12. Step Twelve

    Remove the beef from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Use a slotted spoon to remove the onions from the slow cooker, and mix into the shredded beef.

  13. Step Thirteen

    Serve the beef in the flour tortillas, topped with your favorite taco toppings.

    Some topping ideas include: guacamole or avocado fresh salsa Mexican rice grated cheese fresh lettuce tomato onion cilantro squeeze of lime juice

Crockin' Reviews Add Review
  1. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Robin, I would think the chipotle pepper would give it a kick. If you’re not wanting the heat, just leave it out. Hope that helps, girl!

  2. Robin

    Is this spicy?

  3. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    You can use any cut of roast you like. I like chuck roast but will sometimes get whatever is on sale.

  4. Evelyn

    What type of beef do you recommend using for this?

  5. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Now that’s an awesome endorsement! Thanks!!!!

  6. Marli G.

    I cooked this for my Grandmother who used to live in Mexico and she absolutely loved it! Thank yall soo much for this wonderful recipe.

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