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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

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These slow cooker shredded beef tacos are summer slow cooking at its best! Pair it with your favorite toppings for a hands-free, fun, family and friends meal!

These slow cooker shredded beef tacos are summer slow cooking at its best! Pair it with your favorite toppings.

How about some summer slow cooking?  We want something easy and hassle free but good enough to feed a crowd or a family for a couple of days. So today we’re gonna be doing some slow cooker shredded beef tacos with some chuck roast seared lovingly before it’s slow cooked for hours in a spiced tomato sauce.

The toppings are entirely up to you. Lettuce, cheese, beans, rice, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime, guacamole, salsa, sour cream or hot sauce Maybe even some corn! And don’t be limited by the title of the recipe. You can use this beef for burritos or enchiladas too.

These slow cooker shredded beef tacos are summer slow cooking at its best! Pair it with your favorite toppings.

There’s some cayenne and jalapeno in here, but when all was said and done, I didn’t find it spicy at all so don’t be turned off by those two. And if you want it super spicy, just add in more peppers or cayenne. Or some hot sauce. We always have a bottle of Cholula handy at home for this.

Alright, let’s cook!

These slow cooker shredded beef tacos are summer slow cooking at its best! Pair it with your favorite toppings.

Use a cheap cut of beef for this, something perfect for slow cooking like a chuck roast. I seasoned it with salt and pepper and seared it for awhile cause searing before braising is good. You can skip this step if you don’t want an extra pan to wash but read this before you do so you can make an informed decision!

These slow cooker shredded beef tacos are summer slow cooking at its best! Pair it with your favorite toppings.

Then in the slow cooker it goes and you top it with the diced onions and sauce mixture, which is beef broth spiced with cayenne, ground cumin, smoked paprika, garlic, tomato pasta, lime juice and diced jalapenos.

These slow cooker shredded beef tacos are summer slow cooking at its best! Pair it with your favorite toppings.

If you want less heat, remove the seeds from the jalapenos. I did this, so my beef wasn’t too spicy. If you want more heat, leave the seeds in. If you want even more, add more peppers or more cayenne.

It’ll look like a slab of beef with very little juices to go around before you start cooking. Don’t worry about this because after 8 hours of braising, the beef will break down you’ll end up with more than enough juices to coat your shredded beef.

These slow cooker shredded beef tacos are summer slow cooking at its best! Pair it with your favorite toppings.

Slow cook for 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high and that’s it! I did mine on low for 8 hours. Then serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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These slow cooker shredded beef tacos are summer slow cooking at its best! Pair it with your favorite toppings.

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 22-25 tacos 1x
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Ingredients

  • 23 lb. chuck roast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced

Instructions

  1. Season the beef with salt and pepper to taste then sear all sides over medium high heat in some oil until browned, about 2 minutes per side
  2. Remove beef and set aside
  3. Combine cayenne, cumin, paprika and garlic with the beef broth
  4. Add tomato paste, jalapeno and lime juice and stir to mix
  5. Transfer beef to a slow cooker and toss in diced onions
  6. Pour the beef broth mixture over the meat
  7. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours
  8. Shred beef with two forks and toss to coat with the juices
  9. Dish and serve hot with toppings

Notes

Toppings: Lettuce, cheese, beans, rice, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime, guacamole, salsa, sour cream or hot sauce

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80 Comments

  • Reply
    Nick
    October 29, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    We love this recipe I substitute the jalapeño for diced green chilies as my wife doesn’t handle any kind of heat but it is delicious best shredded beef tacos I’ve ever had!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      December 6, 2017 at 1:14 AM

      Diced green chilies work and it’s a lot less of a hassle since you can get it in a can at the taco aisle. I’m glad it liked it, Nick!

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    Leonor
    January 3, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    I’ve tried so many slow cooker shredded beef and this one is my favorite! So easy and delicious, this is the only one I make now. Thank you for sharing it!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      January 29, 2018 at 5:56 PM

      You’re welcome, Leonor! I’m honestly surprised it’s gotten so many good reviews and people are actually trying it with the horrendous burrito pics I took. Burrito pics are my bane, I can’t seem to manage to take good ones!

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    tracy
    January 25, 2018 at 6:20 AM

    this is the most wonderful recipe! taking to work for a birthday celebration (street tacos). i added a can of HOT Rotel and used white onion. but the best tasting brisket with the slightest touch of heat. I didn’t sear either. took 8 hrs on low in my crockpot.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      January 29, 2018 at 5:58 PM

      Thank you for letting me know, Tracy! I’m always happy to help hungry folks 🙂

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    Steph
    February 6, 2018 at 5:33 AM

    If I don’t have easy access to jalapenos should I substitute something else in its place or just leave it out entirely?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 7, 2018 at 5:22 PM

      You can substitute green chilies or just leave them out. Good luck!

  • Reply
    Bridgette Golden
    June 12, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Absolutely delicious….the kids loved it!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      December 18, 2018 at 3:26 PM

      I’m so glad to hear it. I knew it was popular with the men, but it’s good to hear it’s also yummy to the kids!

  • Reply
    Cindy
    November 19, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Made this last night. My very picky 12 year old son loved it and so did I. I added green chilies and about 6 cloves of garlic. Served with grated cheese, sour cream & salsa. Yummy

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      December 18, 2018 at 3:27 PM

      Mmmm, garlic. I’m happy it was good for you guys!

  • Reply
    Maurice
    January 18, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    Served last night for dinner at the Fire House for 21 men and women, no leftovers!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      April 17, 2019 at 4:43 PM

      You know how much I loved this comment? I showed it to all my friends, that’s how much I loved this comment 🙂

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    March 18, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Great Recipe! How would you do this in an oven or if you didn’t have a slow cooker?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      April 17, 2019 at 4:51 PM

      I honestly don’t think I’ve ever done fork tender chuck roast in the oven before. Just a regular beef roast with veggies that are carved into slices. I think you would have better luck doing this in a covered dutch oven on the stovetop for several hours.

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