This Mexican Barbacoa Recipe is made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot for easy and flavorful shredded beef that can be served in tacos, salads, burritos and more! (gluten free, low carb, paleo)
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Barbacoa Recipe

This Barbacoa Recipe is made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot for easy and flavorful shredded beef that can be served in tacos, salads, burritos and more! (gluten free, low carb, paleo)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 282kcal
Author: Isabel Eats

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless chuck roast
  • salt and pepper, enough to coat meat
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • for serving: cilantro, red onions, tortillas and lime wedges

Instructions

  • Cut the chuck roast into large chunks, removing any excess fat. Generously season all sides of the meat with sea salt and black pepper.
  •  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meat and sear on all sides.
  • Place the meat and all other ingredients in a slow cooker. Mix together to coat the meat with all the herbs and spices.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours. When tender, shred the meat by pulling it apart with a fork. Taste and season with more salt as needed.
  • Serve barbacoa in warm corn tortillas with chopped red onions, cilantro and lime juice.

Video

Notes

To make in the Instant Pot: Use the Sauté setting on the Instant Pot to sear the meat on all sides. Once browned, press Cancel to turn off the heat. Add the remaining ingredients to the Instant Pot, close the lid and seal the vent valve. Then press Manual, set to High Pressure and cook for 60 minutes. Turn the vent valve to release pressure, open the lid and shred meat with a fork.
 

 
Nutritional information is only for the meat - it does not include the tortillas or toppings.
 
Nutrition Facts
Barbacoa Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /10th of recipe)
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 194mg8%
Potassium 492mg14%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/10th of recipe | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 4mg