Slow Cooker Barbacoa Recipe

This Slow Cooker Barbacoa Recipe has become one of our family favorites. Tender fall apart beef that simmers all day long in flavorful Mexican spices. If you are a fan of Chipotles Barbacoa recipe, you are going to love this recipe. We love to use the Barbacoa for quick and easy tacos. It’s perfect on a corn tortilla piled high with fresh pico de gallo, avocados and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 8 hrs

Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins

Servings: 6 -8


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 1/2 pounds of good quality boneless chuck roast
  • 1/2 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon of kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced cilantro


  1. Season roast lightly with salt and pepper. 
  2. In a large skillet, heat tablespoon of vegetable oil to high, sear roast on both sides.
  3. Place boneless chuck roast in slow cooker and use seasoning to season on all sides. Add beef broth to slow cooker. 
  4. Cover and cook on low in slow cooker for 8-9 hours, or until meat is fork tender.
  5. Once meat is tender, shred in slow cooker and serve with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of cilantro.