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Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

If you’re looking for a versatile dinner, Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef is it! Use this easy recipe to make shredded beef for tacos, burritos, loaded nachos and more! Only 15 minutes of prep required and your house will smell better than Chipotle as it cooks!

Why I love Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef
  • I don’t know about you, but I love recipes that can serve dinner and then another meal…or two!
  • When we’re busy during harvest and planting, or as I write this, in full on e-learning at home….simple is almost always better.
  • It’s what I call a “dump” recipe. No browning, minimal chopping, and everything goes into the pot!
  • We usually have a roast or four in our freezer since we raise our own beef.


  • beef roast – the recipe calls for a three pound roast so I can calculate the nutritional value, but you can use a bigger roast if you’d like.
  • onion – I use whatever I have on hand – white, yellow or red all work.
  • minced garlic – I keep a jar of minced garlic in my fridge to make life easy. If you have fresh garlic use about a clove, minced.
  • diced tomatoes with green chilis – sometimes called by the brand name Rotel, but of course there are many brands.
  • green chilis – these aren’t very spicy in my opinion, so don’t let it scare you!
  • cumin and chili powder– add that signature hint of smoky flavor we find in so many Tex-Mex recipes
  • salt – how much will depend on your individual taste buds.

How to Make Shredded Beef in the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

It’s super easy to make this shredded beef.

Basically, everything goes in the pot with the exception of the ingredients you’ll use for serving. Give everything a stir and cook on high for one hour.

After an hour, reduce the heat to low and cook for another 7-8 hours.

Now, I’m living in the real world….So I know that sometimes we just throw everything in the crockpot while we’re getting coats on little people, headed to work, or running in five different directions.

If you can’t wait for the hour to pass before switching it to low, just start it on low and get on with life.

Feeding your family shouldn’t be stressful, right?!?

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

What to serve with Mexican shredded beef:

We like to add pico de gallo, shredded cabbage, cheese, sour cream, avocado, or hot sauce to our Mexican shredded beef. If you’re looking for sides to serve alongside, how about these??

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

Other Crockpot Recipes You’ll Enjoy:

Yield: 12 servings

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

Shredded beef is an easy way to make tacos, burritos bowls. Use up leftovers as shredded beef nachos!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 3 pound beef roast
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 4 ounce can chopped green chilis
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Toppings for tacos


  1. Add roast, chopped onions and garlic to your slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  2. Cook on high for an hour, then switch to low and cook for 7-8 hours.
  3. Shred meat and return to slow cooker. Adjust seasonings to your liking. You may want to add a little salt but taste it first.


Don't worry about your roast being the exact size. You can use a 3, 4 or even 5 pound roast without adjusting the ingredients.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 374Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 138mgSodium 401mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 36g

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  • Reply
    January 16, 2021 at 10:33 am

    This looks so delicious! I know my family will love it.

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