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Slow cooker recipes with pot roast and barbacoa tacos
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15+ Best Slow Cooker Recipes

These set-it-and-forget-it slow cooker recipes are just what you need for busy weeknights, family meal prep, and hectic holidays. One of my personal favorite recipes is slow cooker barbacoa, which I then turn into these tasty barbacoa tacos!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Crock Pot Recipes, Slow Cooker Recipes
Servings: 8 tacos
Calories: 543kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan



  • 4 pounds beef chuck roast cut into 3-inch chunks
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3-4 chipotles in adobo sauce finely diced
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¾ cup beef stock
  • 3 bay leaves

Taco Ingredients

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


  • Add all of the ingredients, except the bay leaves, to a slow cooker.
  • Use tongs to gently mix it all together. Then add the bay leaves, and cover. Cook on low for 8 to 9 hours, or on high for 4 to 5 hours. The beef should fall apart easily when shredded with a fork. If not, cook it a bit longer.
    Cooking beef barbacoa in a slow cooker.
  • Remove the beef to a cutting board and shred it with two forks.
    Shredding beef barbacoa on a cutting board.
  • Place the shredded beef back in the slow cooker, give it a stir, and let it simmer in the juices.
    Mixing beef barbacoa in a slow cooker.
  • Use tongs to remove a serving of barbacoa from the slow cooker, top it on a tortilla, and garnish with your favorite Mexican toppings.


Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 1075mg | Potassium: 923mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 354IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 6mg