Slow Cooker Barbacoa recipe provided by the Certified Angus Beef® brand.

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Slow Cooker Barbacoa

Serves 6-8
Cuisine: Mexican
Category: Sandwiches & Salads, Slow Cooker
Shoulder clod roast made tender and succulent with fragrant spices. Slow Cooker Barbacoa is a deeply flavored shredded beef recipe to make for tostadas, tacos, and burritos.
Prep Time
15 mins
Other Time
12 hrs
Cook Time
7 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
19 hrs 45 mins
  • 3 pounds Certified Angus Beef ® shoulder clod roast, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 Mexican cinnamon stick (or one regular)
  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano (or Italian)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coffee
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 4 dried ancho chili peppers, stems and seeds removed
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 12 tostada shells or tostones
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, finely shredded cheddar, julienne radishes, chopped fresh cilantro, sliced avocado, pico de gallo or pickled red onion
  1. In a heavy skillet, toast cinnamon, allspice, cumin, oregano and coffee over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Cool, add salt and grind in a spice grinder to a fine powder.
  2. Season roast pieces evenly with spice blend. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or put in a zippered plastic bag; refrigerate overnight.
  3. Put dried ancho chiles in a pot with beef stock over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, cook 5 minutes, turn off heat and cover with lid.
  4. In slow cooker, combine roast pieces, onion, garlic, tomato paste, vinegar and ancho chiles with stock. Cover and cook on high 1 hour, then on low for 6 hours until roast pieces are fork-tender.
  5. When roast pieces are cool enough to handle, shred by hand. Put cooking liquid and vegetable mixture in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth; combine with shredded beef. Serve with tostada shells or tostones, lime wedges and optional ingredients.
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