CHIPOTLE BEEF BARBACOA (SLOW COOKER)

This is the BEST Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Barbacoa I have ever tried!  Super tender, juicy, EASY and bursting with rich, complex flavors!  Great for large crowds or make ahead meals and makes the best tacos, burritos, nachos, salads, etc!


Now I cooked this in the slow cooker of my InstaPot for 4 hours and it was not long enough. So I decided to cook it on the stew/soup for 30 minutes IP and let the NPR. And it was perfect. This is amazing!
~Tiffany

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 (3-5 lb) beef chuck roast trimmed of excess fat, cut into 8-10 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Slow Cooker Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup mild red enchilada sauce
  • 2 4 oz. cans MILD chopped green chiles
  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce (more or less to taste) minced (approx. 2 tablespoons)**
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worchestershire
  • 1-3 teaspoons liquid smoke (depending on how "smoky" you like it)
  • 1 TBS EACH ground cumin, dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tsp EACH garlic powder, onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp EACH chili powder, smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp EACH ground cloves, ground cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
This is the BEST Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef I have ever tried!  Super tender, juicy, EASY and bursting with rich, complex flavors!  Great for large crowds or make ahead meals and makes the best tacos, burritos, nachos, salads, etc!

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once very hot, add cubed beef and sear on all sides. Transfer beef to a 6 qt (or larger) slow cooker along with all remaining ingredients. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 hours or on LOW for 6-8 hours, OR until the beef shreds easily with a fork.
  2. Remove beef to a cutting board (do NOT discard juices in slow cooker), shred, and add back to slow cooker and toss with slow cooker juices. Cook on low for 20 minutes for beef to absorb juices. Add additional hot sauce, lime juice or brown sugar to taste.
  3. Remove beef with a pair of tongs to serving bowl or strain in colander so tacos, etc. don’t get soggy. If you would like “saucier” beef, add additional enchilada sauce.
RECIPE NOTES
**I would say 2 chipotle peppers is medium spicy.  If you don't like spice or want to make it kid friendly then reduce to 1 or less chipotle pepper.
***Liquid Smoke can be found next to the barbecue sauces in your grocery store and adds a wonderfully smokey flavor.
****If you are not serving immediately, then refrigerate the barbacoa beef IN its juices so it stays juicy.


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