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30+ Mexican Recipes Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

The tastiest Mexican recipes for your Cinco De Mayo fiesta, including these juicy, tender, barbacoa tacos!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cinco De Mayo Recipes, Mexican Recipes
Servings: 6 tacos
Calories: 730kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan



  • 4 pound beef chuck roast cut into 3-inch chunks
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3-4 chipotle in adobo sauce finely diced
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup beef stock
  • 3 bay leaves

Taco Ingredients

  • tortillas
  • diced onion
  • avocado slices
  • chopped cilantro
  • sour cream or cheese


  • Add all of the ingredients, except the bay leaves, to the bowl of a slow cooker.
  • Gently toss and mix it all together. Then add the bay leaves, and cover. Cook on low for 8-9 hours. The beef should be tender and fall apart easily when shredded with a fork. If it doesn't shred easily, cook it a bit longer.
  • Remove the beef and use forks to shred it on a cutting board.
  • Place the shredded beef back in the slow cooker, give it a stir, and let it soak up all the juices.
  • Use tongs to remove a serving from the slow cooker, top it on a tortilla, and garnish with diced onion, avocado, cilantro, and other toppings.


Calories: 730kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 209mg | Sodium: 1512mg | Potassium: 1245mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 9mg