Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef -is perfect for all sorts of south-of-the-border entrees - tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, Mexican salads, etc. And the slow cooker does most of the work! thecafesucrefarine.com

This delicious, tender beef is perfect for all sorts of south-of-the-border entrees; tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, nachos, Mexican salads, etc. And the slow cooker does most of the work!

They say the third time’s the charm, but I guess I’m a little slow…

It took four versions of this Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef till I was finally satisfied – and there were lots of friends whose help I needed along the way!

Actually, it was a friend who inspired the recipe in the first place. Scott and I were attending our small group several weeks ago. Our church is large and one of the ways we connect with others members in such a large community, is through small groups that meet each week in homes throughout the city. The groups are not divided by age, but by location, so it’s fun and inspirational as we get to interact with people of all ages and walks of life.

We meet each week for Bible study and to encourage and pray for each other. Sometimes we also enjoy a potluck-style meal together. A few weeks ago, we were planning our next dinner get-together, when a friend pointed at me and said, “I’d love Chris to make something for us”. I was delighted, and asked if they’d like to do something Mexican – I would bring the entree and everyone else could bring sides to go along with it. The response was unanimous – and that was that.

At first, I thought I might do something with pork, but when I saw the nice lean stew beef at Costco a few days later, the matter was settled. I got to work that evening putting together the recipe. I decided to let the meat “marinate” overnight with a dry rub composed of chili powder, cumin, ground coriander, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. In the morning, I seared the meat till it was deep golden brown and then deglazed the pan with red wine till syrupy. After that, the slow cooker does its’ magic, as the meat is combined with beef broth, orange juice, sliced green scallions, garlic and a scoop of chipotle in adobo sauce and slow cooked till it’s melt-in-your-mouth tender and delicious.

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef -is perfect for all sorts of south-of-the-border entrees - tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, Mexican salads, etc. And the slow cooker does most of the work! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

The meat easily shreds with two forks while you simmer the remaining sauce to a flavorful reduction. This keeps the beef nice and moist.

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef -is perfect for all sorts of south-of-the-border entrees - tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, Mexican salads, etc. And the slow cooker does most of the work! thecafesucrefarine.com

You might be wondering what chipotles in adobo are? If you’ve never used them, you’re missing out on something delicious. It was actually a friend of mine with a Mexican heritage that suggested using this condiment in my shredded beef. I was looking for a bit of smoky heat, and jalapeños just didn’t do it. She suggested a few types of chili peppers I could use for that effect, as well as chipotles in adobo.

When creating recipes, I like to try to use ingredients that are readily available. When I checked it out at my local grocery store, chipotle in adobo sauce was easy to find, so that’s what I went with. It’s located in the Mexican or Latin American section of most larger grocery stores, and comes in little cans about same size as green chilies. Chipotles in adobo are smoked and dried jalapeños rehydrated and canned in a tangy and slightly sweet red sauce called adobo. The chilies themselves are quite intensely hot, so you don’t need many to add wonderful smokey heat. I usually start with one, finely chopped and then add more, to taste.

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef -is perfect for all sorts of south-of-the-border entrees - tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, Mexican salads, etc. And the slow cooker does most of the work! thecafesucrefarine.com

The recipe makes quite a bit, so it’s perfect for a crowd. The beef also freezes well, so it’s nice to use for a few different meals.

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef -is perfect for all sorts of south-of-the-border entrees - tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, Mexican salads, etc. And the slow cooker does most of the work! thecafesucrefarine.com

I love to serve it with warm flour tortillas and lots of fun toppings like crumbled Cotija cheese, pickled red onions, cilantro sprigs, sliced avocado, shredded red and green cabbage, sliced bell peppers and fresh lime wedges.

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef -is perfect for all sorts of south-of-the-border entrees - tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, Mexican salads, etc. And the slow cooker does most of the work! thecafesucrefarine.com

It’s also perfect for enchiladas, burritos, tamales, quesadillas, nachos and Mexican salads.

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef -is perfect for all sorts of south-of-the-border entrees - tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, Mexican salads, etc. And the slow cooker does most of the work! thecafesucrefarine.com

Our small group loved the beef and there were lots of second helpings. I’ve also served it to family and a bunch of other friendly taste-testers, since the initial potluck. It’s been a thumbs up with everyone and I love that everything can be done ahead. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!  ¡Buen provecho!

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Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef -is perfect for all sorts of south of the border entrees; tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, Mexican salads, etc. And the slow cooker does most of the work!

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This Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef is perfect for all sorts of south-of-the-border entrees – tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, Mexican salads, etc. And the slow cooker does most of the work!

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  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Ingredients

  • For the spice rub:
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mild or sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the shredded beef:
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 pounds lean beef stew meat (don’t worry if it’s slightly less or slightly more)
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 bunches green (spring) onions, finely sliced (you’ll use one bunch at the very end.)
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1-2 peppers chipotle in adobo, finely minced and 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce.
  • 1 medium jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine all spice rub ingredients in a large bowl. Add meat and toss well to coat meat with spices. (I like to massage the meat with my hands to really incorporate all the delicious flavors.) Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 10 hours.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil over medium high heat in a large Dutch oven or oven proof pot. (or sear it right in the slow cooker if yours has that function. I use my KitchenAid Mulit Cooker that has a sear function). When oil is very hot, add half of the meat in a single layer. Allow the meat to sear on first side till nice and brown,then flip and brown other side, about 6-8 minutes per side. Remove meat to slow cooker, add 2nd tablespoon of coconut oil to pot and repeat searing with second half of beef.
  3. When remaining beef is nicely browned, add it to beef in the slow cooker. Add red wine to searing pot and bring mixture to a boil, stirring and scraping bottom of pan to loosen the brown residue (technically called the frond – this is where the good flavor is!). Continue to cook, uncovered until wine has turned syrupy and has been reduced to about 1/4 cup, stirring occasionally. This should take about 10 minutes if you’re keeping it at a steady simmer. If this process is going slow, turn up the heat a bit, but watch it carefully.
  4. Add reduced mixture, beef broth, orange juice, one bunch of thinly slice green onions, garlic and 1 finely chopped chipotle in adobo. Stir well. Place in slow cooker and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low, until meat is very tender and shreds easily with two forks.
  5. Remove beef with a slotted spoon to large bowl and allow to cool slightly.
  6. Transfer remaining liquid in slow cooker to a medium-size pot and bring to a boil. Continue to cook until reduced to about 1 cup.
  7. When beef is cool enough to handle, take two forks, and shred each piece a few times. Return shredded beef to bowl (or slow cooker) and combine with finely chopped jalapeño, sliced green onions and reduced cooking liquid. Stir well.(When the mixture is well combined, take a taste and, if you’d like more heat, add another finely chopped chipotle pepper mixed with a bit of beef broth. Stir well to evenly distribute chipotle mixture.You can always add more if you like even more heat, but I like to go slow because you can’t take too much heat away.) Either serve immediately or transfer to storage containers and refrigerate or freeze for future use.
  8. Serve with warm flour tortillas and toppings like crumbled Cotija cheese, pickled red onions, cilantro sprigs, sliced avocado, shredded red and green cabbage, sliced bell peppers, fresh lime wedges, etc. It’s also perfect for enchiladas, burritos, tamales, quesadillas, nachos and Mexican salads. ¡Buen provecho!

Notes

Serves 12-16 generously

When reheating shredded beef, I like to add a splash of beef broth (about a quarter cup) to keep it nice and moist.

 



51 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef”

  • I needed a lunch menu easy and ready for today. This recipe was perfect! I prepped everything last night. We hurried out very early this morning for Craig and Taylor to participate in a sprint triathalon. Afterwards, they wanted to sprint to the table to eat! Your Mexican Shredded Beef was delicious! Frank ate 3 large helpings! And he moaned….loved that! Thank you for helping me in the kitchen by sharing your recipes on this lovely blog!

  • How did I miss this in May? Oh, I remember, I went through about 3-weeks of adjusting to altitude problems after returning to Aspen from 5 1/2 months in Cali. It’s never happened before but I didn’t have much energy for anything. Anyway…….this recipe is serendipity. The past two days I have been hitting the grocery stores and filling up the larder and freezer. I’m trying to pick up different items to change up my menus which have become boring (IMO). I spotted a can of Chipotles peppers in adobo sauce (La Costena brand) and had no idea. But threw it in my cart and knew I could goggle it and find a fit. I just finished putting all the groceries away and was catching up on posts. Yours intrigued me. And, then I read the recipe. Co-incidence? I have nearly all the items and spices and bought today red cabbage, red onions (which I will pickle) and peppers and beef broth.. Just need to pick up the beef.. Crazy? Plus, I can freeze this in small portions for different recipes and single portions. Okay, must get busy.

  • This braised beef is wonderful. I loved the combination of flavors I made the red pickled onions to go with it. I asked our butcher what would be a good lean beef cut to use and he decideed to use a beef sirloin roast and cut it into bite sized pieces for me. The meat was so tender and hardly any fat at all. The first night I left the pieces whole and served it over baby new potatoes that I smashed. Served it with the red and green coleslaw. Second night I shredded it and put on Hoagie rolls with avocado, pickled onions, and arugula.. We froze the rest and have it in the freezer for another meal for two.

  • Chris, the beef turned out spectacular. Add to that minimal effort with the slow cooker hauling the labor, I’m in! Pinned for good measure.

  • What a great way to make shredded beef for tacos and other dishes without all the fuss yet with serious flavor. This reminds me that I have to make more use of my slow cooker. Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day, Chris!

  • Hi Chris, I started using a crock pot about a yea ago and it has been an actual lifesaver on busy days. Always looking for great recipes. Pinning.

  • Pork has been my go-to meat in the slow cooker but I am crushing on this recipe! Scott your pictures are absolutely amazing!

  • Chris, I have been watching you use this appliance. I wold love a slow cooker that seared the meat properly. I read the reviews and some said the bottom is smaller than the top and that meat does not brown well, but steams in its own juices.

    What is your opinion of this? I really hate using a pan to sear the meat, then I have th mess of splatters all over. If the sear on this unit really works. I will be all over it. Thaks in advance for an honest review.

  • Oh my goodness. I have 3 pounds of chicken breasts sitting in my crock pot right now. Would this recipe work with chicken?

  • The slow cooker makes wonderful shredded beef and pork, doesn’t it? I’ve almost given my regular (stove) method of making these dishes! Love that chipotle in adobo sauce — such wonderful flavor. This recipe is just superb — thanks so much.

  • I can attest to the fact that this is absolutely delicious! I’m one of those small group members that Chris made this for! I can hardly wait to try the recipe myself. Maybe for our next neighborhood crawl dinner.

  • You are going to get requests to join your small group from outside the boundaries! Heck, I want to be in your group—I promise to bring dessert! P.S. Your shredded beef looks fabulous—Nick will be home for the summer, so I need to step up my carnivore game 🙂

  • I look forward to trying this Chris, last year I made taquitos with slow cook pot roast beef and they became our new favorite, but I used some ready made pouch seasonings…your version with the rub and chili peppers in adobo really sounds great! I know everyone loved it…I bet they ask you to cook all the time !

  • I just saw a recipe last week that inspired me to make shredded beef yesterday too! The recipe I saw on a friend’s blog was also marinated overnight but I forgot so used a different recipe 🙂 It is such a nice change from the usual Mexican shredded pork . I love all of your sides and condiments too. What a beautiful slow cooker!

  • This looks awesome! I have a few roasts in the freezer and was wondering if you think I could cut a roast up instead of buying stew meat?

    We love Mexican food at our house and can’t wait to try this!

  • The beef looks so tender Chris! I love a well tested recipe and am inspired to get my slow cooker out again soon. This meat would be great for so many things and I love that you can freeze it too. Very nice and perfect for Cinco De Mayo!

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