Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

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I make a ton, seriously TON, of tacos. They show up on the dinner table all the time and have become a staple in my house for quick weeknight meals and for almost any gathering I host. Really what could be easier? A crockpot of delicious slow cooked meat, a bunch of yummy taco add-ons, some guacamole or bean dip, chips, and a simple salad and I have a feast that can feed people all day without me ever having to go back to the kitchen. Love it.

So with this in mind, lately I have been brainstorming new ideas for my next taco gathering. I wanted to come up with something new, authentic, unexpected. Something guests hadn’t had before. After some thought, I knew the answer would live in using dried chiles. (Don’t be scared they are really easy to use and will create rich, complex, authentic flavors.) I decided to go with ancho chiles, which have a milder and less spicy flavor, paired with some guajillo peppers to kick things up. When making the sauce at home, add one of each chile (ancho, guajillo, and a chipotle) and taste the sauce. Then keep adding until it reaches a spice level you think will work for your guests. Then pour it into the slow cooker and let the magic happen. If you can I recommend making this 1-2 days in advance because it only gets better as the flavors continue to combine.

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Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

PREP TIME: 1 Hours, 15 Min
COOK TIME: 8 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 9 Hours, 15 Min
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  • 3 lbs. extra lean top round roast, cut into large chunks (or other lean beef for stewing)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes with green chilies (undrained)
  • 4 U garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 U canned chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped (plus more adobo sauce if you like it spicy)
  • 1/2 U onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (more to taste)
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 U bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper

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Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir well to combine.


Cook on low for 8 hours and shred.


Serve with fresh cilantro and lime. This shredded beef is delicious for tacos, salad, burritos, enchiladas, and more.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2/3 cup beef
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 104mg
Sodium 380mg
Total Carbohydrate 4g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 41g

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

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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