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Slow Cooker Barbacoa Tacos

March 6, 2018 6 Comments

If there are two things any true beach lover knows, it’s 1) that tacos and the beach go together better than peanut butter and jelly, and 2) being able to make recipes from the beach, at home, is the only way to keep ones “beach-fever” under control. We have the perfect beachy slow cooker barbacoa tacos recipe to keep you feeling like you’re lounging with your toes in the sand and tacos in your hand!

Easy slow cooker barbacoa taco recipe

 This slow cooker gem is perfect for serving at parties, or on days you just cannot fathom spending more than 15 minutes in the kitchen, or when your time could be better spent booking your next beach vacation.

Easy slow cooker recipe

Although, this isn’t a dump and done slow cooker recipe, it’s pretty darn close. With just a few simple steps, these slow cooker barbacoa tacos are sure to become an instant favorite. However, this recipe is not for the faint of heart, it packs a spicy punch, but is sure to transport you back to beachier times.

2 from 1 vote

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Tacos Recipe

Course Appetizer, Dinner


  • 2 pounds barbacoa
  • Salt & ground black pepper
  • 6 tbsp Minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves
  • 1 to 4 chipotle peppers in adobo plus 1 to 2 tablespoons reserved sauce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 ounces beef broth
  • 6 ounces Mexican beer


  1. Season barbacoa on both sides with salt and ground black pepper. Place in the bottom of a large slow cooker.

  2. Mix together garlic, cilantro, chipotle peppers plus adobo sauce, lime juice, tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, garlic salt, and oregano.

  3. Spread half of chipotle mixture over the top of the barbacoa. Flip over and spread remaining mixture over other side. Pour broth and cerveza into the bottom of the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

  4. Remove from slow cooker. Skim fat and shred pieces with forks. Return to slow cooker, stir meat to soak up liquid, and reheat for 20 to 30 minutes.

  5. Serve on tacos and enjoy!

Easy slow cooker recipe

If you need a few more slow cooker recipes, be sure to check out our Slow Cooker Jamaican Jerk Chicken Chili or our Slow Cooker Healthy Tacos Soup!

Sloe Cooker Barbacoa Tacos Recipe

A True Beach Lover


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    March 6, 2018

    Where is the actual recipe with measurements, etc?

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      March 6, 2018

      Hi Janet, the recipe should be showing now! Our apologies!

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    June 16, 2018

    2 stars
    how much of everything to add in.

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      June 20, 2018

      Hi Tina,

      The measurements are next to the ingredients!

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    Timothy Martin

    November 17, 2018

    What cut of beef?

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      Rachel Tellez

      December 10, 2018

      Hi Timothy! We used beef chuck roast for this recipe.