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Crock Pot Shredded Beef Recipe

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The BEST crockpot shredded beef takes just 10 minutes to prep! Once you cook the shredded beef in a crock pot, you can turn it into two different meals: shredded beef tacos and shredded beef sandwiches. Try this crock pot pulled beef recipe for a simple, but delicious weeknight dinner.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Ingredients for Shredded Beef in a Crock Pot

Will you believe me when I say this easy crockpot shredded beef is made with just THREE ingredients?

  • Beef chuck roast – Use a high quality beef as the seasonings are simple so the beef can shine
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper

How to Make Shredded Beef in Slow Cooker

Are you ready to see just how simple it is to make this shredded beef in a crock pot?

  • Season. Season the chuck roast with sea salt and black pepper on all sides.
  • Sear. Heat vegetable oil in a hot skillet and sear beef on all sides. You can skip this step, but it adds awesome flavor and texture so I don’t recommend it.
Beef chuck roast being seared in a pan
  • Cook. Place the seared beef in the slow cooker and cook until it’s tender and shreds easily. No need to add any liquid, the beef has enough fat.
Crock pot shredded beef recipe cooking in slow cooker

How to Store Leftover Shredded Beef

Store the crock pot shredded beef in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or freeze for 2-3 months.

How to Use Crock Pot Pulled Beef Recipe

I love crock pot shredded beef recipes like this one because they can be used so many different ways and that’s exactly why I kept the seasonings really basic. Once the beef is cooked, it’s perfect for shredded beef sandwiches and shredded beef tacos.

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Helpful Tools to Make Crock Pot Shredded Beef

  • Crock Pot Slow Cooker – This slow cooker is basic, but it does everything you need it to do!
  • 12″ Skillet – Before the crockpot shredded beef is cooked in the slow cooker, we’re going to sear it in a hot pan to get a little crust and give it better flavor.
  • Glass Storage Containers – Store any leftover crockpot shredded beef in a glass container in the refrigerator.
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Crock pot shredded beef in a glass storage container

Crock Pot Shredded Beef Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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This EASY crockpot shredded beef is made with just 3 ingredients. Then turn this crock pot pulled beef recipe into two different meals.



  • 3 lbs. chuck roast beef (can be whole or cut into two pieces) 

  • 2 tsp. sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil


  1. Season beef chuck roast with sea salt and black pepper
  2. Heat oil in large pan and brown chuck roast pieces on all four sides. Do this in batches if your pan isn’t big enough. Brown for about 2 minutes per side. 

  3. Transfer meat to slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, until beef is tender and shreds easily.

  4. Use shredded beef chuck roast in shredded beef tacos and beef sandwich melts. 


  • Use a high-quality beef for best flavor. 

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