Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef seasoned with aromatic spices, onions, tomato paste, and beef broth. This tender fall-apart beef will literally melt-in-your-mouth. Serve in taco shells, make enchiladas, top over a green salad, or eat as is with a side of rice and beans. So incredibly delicious!

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What You’ll Love About Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef:

  • Easy to make in the slow cooker
  • Bold seasonings for a rich flavorful beef
  • Can be used in so many ways
  • Melt-in-your-mouth delicious

I know I’ve mentioned about a thousand times how much we love Mexican food around here and we make a lot of it. My best friend would even tease me when we had them over for dinner because she knew Mexican was always on the menu. I can’t help myself! It’s so easy and everyone enjoys it!

Meet your new go-to Mexican shredded beef recipe. This Slow Cooker Mexican beef is outstanding in flavor and incredibly simple to throw together. You’ll appreciate all the ways you can use this beef in your favorite Mexican inspired meals!

The simplicity of this shredded beef does not match the bold, rich flavors. You would think this required fancy steps and complex ingredients. All you need is a quality cut of beef, a few pantry staples, and a slow cooker. You could literally have this cooking away in under 10-minutes!

Simple Ingredients:

  • Chuck roast
  • Cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, oregano, sumac, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper
  • Onion
  • Tomato paste
  • Beef broth
  • Lime juice

What is the best roast for shredded Mexican Beef?

The very best is going to be a chuck roast, however, with grocery prices insane, you can’t always find it on sale. For a less expensive cut of beef that also works well for slow cooking, you could use tri-tip roast, top round roast or bottom round roast.

How to Make Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef:

Step 1. Cut the roast into 4-5 chunks. Season all sides with seasonings and spices.

Step 2. In a 6 qt or larger slow cooker combine onions and tomato paste. Place beef chunks on top and pour over beef broth. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 8-9. The meat should be fall-apart tender.

Step 3. When beef is tender remove to a plate and shred with two forks, separating out any excess fat. Put the shredded beef back in the slow cooker, add lime juice and serve!

Recipe Tips:

  • Trim excess fat off the beef– focus on the larger sections of fat. You want some fat running through the meat for the best flavor.
  • Don’t rush the cooking time– roast needs a long cooking time for the most tender meat. If the roast does not easily fall apart it needs more time.
  • Sear the meat for extra flavor– while this is not necessary, if you have the extra time, sear the beef chunks on all sides until deep golden brown.
  • Freeze the leftover beef– This freezes really well and it’s handy for chili or enchiladas for another meal.

How to use Mexican Shredded Beef:

There are so many possibilities with Mexican shredded beef. Here are just a few.

  • Make tacos
  • Enchiladas
  • Nachos
  • Use it in chili
  • Burritos
  • Serve over rice or noodles
  • Use as a sweet potato topping
  • Quesadillas

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Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef seasoned with aromatic spices, onions, tomato paste, and beef broth. This tender fall-apart beef will literally melt in your mouth. Serve in taco shells, make enchiladas, top over a green salad, or eat as is with a side of rice and beans. So incredibly delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 5 servings
Calories 206 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lb chuck roast, cut into 4-5 chunks and fat trimmed see notes for beef alternatives
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sumac use more cumin if you can't find sumac
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut in slices
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 lime, juiced

Instructions
 

  • Combine all the seasonings in a small bowl and coat the beef chunks evenly on all sides.
  • Add onions and tomato paste to your slow cooker and stir to combine. Place the seasoned beef chunks on top of the onions and pour beef stock over the beef.
  • Place the lid on and cook 5-6 hours on high or 8-9 hours on low. Beef should easily fall apart when it is ready.
  • Transfer cooked beef to a large plate and shred with two forks, discarding any extra fat you might see. Place the beef back in the slow cooker and squeeze a whole lime over the top. Gently mix in and serve with your favorite Mexican inspired recipes!

Notes

Tips:
Best cut of beef for shredded Mexican beef-
The very best is going to be a chuck roast, however, with grocery prices insane, you can’t always find it on sale. For a less expensive cut of beef that also works well for slow cooking, you could use tri-tip roast, top round roast or bottom round roast.
  • Don’t rush the cooking time– roast needs a long cooking time for the most tender meat. If the roast does not easily fall apart it needs more time.
  • Sear the meat for extra flavor– while this is not necessary, if you have the extra time, sear the beef chunks on all sides until deep golden brown.
  • Freeze the leftover beef– This freezes really well and it’s handy for chili or enchiladas for another meal.
 
Nutritional facts are for shredded beef only. 
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be understood as an estimate rather than a guarantee. The Menu Maid makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Amount per serving  
Calories 206
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.4g 7%
Saturated Fat 1.9g 10%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 15638mg 680%
Total Carbohydrate 18.5g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3.5g 12%
Total Sugars 10.4g  
Protein 23.5g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 1038mg 22%

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal
Keyword Chuck roast, Crock pot recipe, Easy dinner ideas, Ground beef recipes, Mexican shredded beef, Mexican spices, Shredded beef, Slow cooker recipes
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