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Mexican Shredded Beef

Take Taco Tuesdays up a notch with this tender Mexican Shredded Beef recipe that cooks in the crock pot! The flavorful sauce and juicy meat make a great filling for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more!
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Take Taco Tuesdays up a notch with this tender Mexican Shredded Beef recipe that cooks in the crock pot! The flavorful sauce and juicy meat make a great filling for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more!

Mexican shredded beef in a metal dish next to sliced limes

This Mexican shredded beef is an easy recipe that can be used as the base for a number of other recipes. This tender beef works well in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and more.

It takes just a little more time than a dump-and-go slow cooker recipe, but it can still be prepped and in the slow cooker in less than 20 minutes.

Mexican shredded beef spice rub and beef in skillet

 Can I use a different cut of meat?

You can. I like to use a shoulder roast because it works well for slow cooking. It takes a long time to break down, but once it cooks, the meat is tender and leaner than with a lot of other cuts.

If you can’t find a shoulder roast (or don’t want to use one), you can use another cut, like a chuck roast, that is well-suited for slow cooking.

Mexican beef in a crock pot and shredding the beef

Can you skip browning the meat?

If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to brown the meat, you can skip this step. Browning the meat does give the meat more flavor, but it isn’t absolutely crucial.

Mexican shredded beef in a metal dish next to two squeezed limes and a stack of wooden dishes

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Mexican Shredded Beef

Easy Mexican shredded beef that makes a tasty filling for tacos, burritos, and more!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 236 kcal
Author i heart eating

Ingredients

Spice Rub

  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder*
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Beef

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds beef shoulder roast**
  • 6 cloves garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced yellow or white onion
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Stir together spice rub ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Rub spice mixture onto the surface of the roast.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the beef, and cook until browned on all sides.
  5. Place beef in slow cooker insert.
  6. Reduce heat to medium.
  7. Add garlic and onion to now-empty skillet, and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring regularly, until onions have just softened.
  8. Pour onions and garlic around roast.
  9. Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker.
  10. Pour in enough water so that the beef is about 2/3 covered with liquid.

  11. Cover, and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours. Beef will be done cooking when it is fork tender.

  12. Remove the beef, and shred with 2 forks.
  13. Turn slow cooker to HIGH and let the sauce cook with the lid OFF for about 20 minutes to thicken the sauce.
  14. Serve beef topped with sauce, or return beef to slow cooker and toss beef in sauce.

Recipe Notes

*I prefer ancho chile powder because of it's milder, smokier flavor.

**Chuck roast or a similar cut of meat will also work in this recipe.

***Nutrition values are estimates.

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Shredded Beef
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 403mg 17%
Potassium 651mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 8.6%
Vitamin C 6.4%
Calcium 4%
Iron 23.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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