How to Make Barbacoa at Home in Slow Cooker

Treat your taste buds to the flavor of Mexico with this amazing barbacoa recipe. Slow cooked to perfection and perfect for any day of the week.

Barbacoa is a traditional Mexican dish that is slow-cooked to perfection, resulting in tender and flavorful beef. The best part about this recipe is that it can be made in a slow cooker, making it an easy and convenient meal to prepare. In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make barbacoa at home, so you can enjoy this delicious Mexican dish any time you want.


  • 3 lbs boneless beef roast (chuck or brisket)
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 8 small corn tortillas
  • Toppings of your choice (shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream)


  1. In a slow cooker, add the beef broth, diced onion, minced garlic, sliced jalapenos, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add the boneless beef roast to the slow cooker and make sure it’s covered with the broth mixture.
  3. Cook the beef on low heat for 8-10 hours or until it’s tender and falls apart easily.
  4. Once the beef is cooked, shred it using two forks.
  5. Serve the shredded beef on small corn tortillas and top with your favorite toppings.

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you prefer a spicier barbacoa, you can add more jalapenos to the recipe.
  • You can also use a dutch oven instead of a slow cooker, just make sure to cook the beef in the oven at 300°F (150°C) for 3-4 hours or until tender.
  • If you have leftover barbacoa, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Simply reheat it in a saucepan over medium heat.


  • For a vegetarian version, you can use mushrooms or seitan instead of beef.
  • For a low-carb version, you can serve the barbacoa without the tortillas and use lettuce wraps instead.


Barbacoa is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Mexican meal or just something tasty to eat, this recipe is sure to please. The combination of tender beef, spices, and your favorite toppings make for a flavorful and satisfying meal that everyone will love. So, why not try making barbacoa at home today and enjoy the taste of Mexico in your own kitchen?

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