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A super easy recipe with minimal ingredients, these Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos are a tasty and filling meal that is great for any day of the week!

Three slow cooker Shredded Beef Tacos on black plate with toppings and lime garnishes.

Tacos! Who doesn’t love them, if you don’t I don’t think that we can be friends – just kidding. Tacos to me are life! These Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos are one of my favorites.

I love utilizing my slow cooker all year long, perfect for busy days, and these tacos are one of our regularly made weeknight meals that we all love in our household.

They are full of flavor but without using a whole bunch of ingredients. No marinating involved, just sear, dump, shred and you are set! You really can’t get much easier than that.

We have been making these Shredded Beef Tacos for many years now and I hardly ever stray from this recipe. You know how it goes, once you find that perfect combination you just stick with it.

That is the case for these. The flavors are amazing, there is so much you can do with the meat besides just the tacos and they feed a whole family no problem! And slow cooking just makes it extra flavorful.

Top these slow cooker shredded beef tacos with any of your favorite taco toppings and you are set to go! These really can be customized to your liking and that is the best part. 

Some of my other favorite Mexican food themed meals that we have on our site include: Smokey Chipotle Mexican Street Corn, Avocado Salsa and Mexican Stuffed Peppers.

Overhead image of three slow cooker Shredded Beef Tacos on plate with limes.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. These crock pot shredded beef tacos uses minimal ingredients but creates great flavor.
  2. Use any of your favorite taco shells for these.
  3. The meat can be used for more than just tacos, also great leftovers for another easy weeknight dinner.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Chuck roast
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salsa
  • Tortillas, for serving
  • Taco toppings, for serving
Ingredients needed to make slow cooker Shredded Beef Tacos.

HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER SHREDDED BEEF TACOS:

  1. Season the roast on both sides with the salt and pepper. 
  2. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the oil. Sear chuck roast on both sides so you get a good sear, we are looking for a deep golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per side.
  3. Place the roast into a 6-8 quart slow cooker. Sprinkle the garlic powder and onion powder on top. 
  4. Pour the salsa directly on top of the roast. Place on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours, until shreddable.
  5. Take the roast out of the slow cooker. Shred the meat, discarding any fatty bits. 
  6. Place the shredded meat back into the slow cooker and stir it with the juices in the cooker. 
  7. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Serve immediately in tortillas and your favorite toppings.
Step by step photos on how to make Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

You can skip the searing step, still, season the roast with salt and pepper.

I highly suggest you do sear the meat for this beef taco recipe, it adds a ton of extra flavor as it locks those juices inside.

A good choice is using a beef roast like a chuck roast for this as it is a cheaper cut of beef and makes a great shred when cooked in the slow cooker.

Others that you can use are skirt steak or brisket, but those come at higher price points. You are looking for that tender beef after a long cooking time, not something that needs to be cooked quickly.

So, like I said this flavorful beef is great for other things than tacos. Some other ideas that you can use this for include nachos, burritos, taco bowls, quesadillas, and more!

This can work in so much, just use it for whatever you’d think would taste great with it. There really are no limitations on this.

Here are some ideas:

  • Burrito Bowls
  • Beef enchiladas
  • Nachos, so good piled high on tortilla chips with all the fixin’s!
  • Filling for tamales
  • Serve in white corn tortillas

So many things, here are some favorites:

  • Lime juice
  • Sour cream
  • Pico de gallo
  • Refried beans
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Green chiles
  • Red onions
  • Chipotle sauce
  • Cheese
  • Salsa
  • White onions
Close up of one taco showing the shredded beef for slow cooker shredded beef tacos

HOW TO STORE:

This Mexican Shredded Beef Recipe can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container where it will keep for up to 4-5 days.

This can also be frozen, let your beef cool completely and then transfer beef and juices into a freezer bag. This will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Let defrost in the refrigerator overnight and then you can reheat on low in the crockpot for 1-2 hours or in the microwave until heated through.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Use your favorite taco shells for this, we usually use either corn or flour tortillas.
  • This can be topped with any of your favorite taco toppings so have fun with it!
  • You do not have to sear your meat, but it is highly recommended,
  • This can be cooked on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  • Chuck roast is our go-to for this recipe, see other options above.
  • The meat can be used for various different dishes, again see above for different ideas.
  • This can be frozen, see my tips above on how to do that.
Hand holding up one Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Taco.

Looking for that one meal that is super easy, with simple ingredients, and will become an up-and-coming go-to? Then you absolutely need to make my Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos.

Get ready to amp up Taco Tuesday!

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5 from 7 votes

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 10 minutes
A super easy recipe with minimal ingredients these Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos are a tasty and filling meal that is great for any day of the week!
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Season the roast on both sides with the salt and pepper.
    3 pounds chuck roast, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the oil. Sear the roast on both sides so you get a good sear, we are looking for a deep golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per side.
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Place the roast into a 6-8 quart slow cooker. Sprinkle the garlic powder and onion powder on top.
    ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Pour the salsa directly on top of the roast. Place on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours, until shreddable.
    16 ounces jarred salsa
  • Take the roast out of the slow cooker. Shred the meat, discarding any fatty bits.
  • Place the shredded meat back into the slow cooker and stir it with the juices in the cooker.
  • Taste and add more salt if necessary. Serve immediately in tortillas and your favorite taco toppings.
    tortillas, taco toppings

Notes

  1. Nutritional value is for meat only.
  2. Use your favorite taco shells for this, we usually use either corn or flour tortillas.
  3. This can be topped with any of your favorite taco toppings so have fun with it!
  4. You do not have to sear your meat, but it is highly recommended,
  5. This can be cooked on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  6. Chuck roast is our go-to for this recipe, see other options above.
  7. The meat can be used for various different dishes, again see above for different ideas.
  8. This can be frozen, see my tips above on how to do that.

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 437mg | Potassium: 477mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 197IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition Disclaimer
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican

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