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Slow Cooker Barbacoa (Chipotle copycat!)

Slow Cooker Barbacoa (Chipotle copycat!)

  • Author: Emily Dingmann from myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 6 cups 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Slow Cooker Barbacoa (Chipotle copycat!) is an easy base for any Mexican meal! This flavorful meat takes just 10 minutes of prep time and slow cooking in the slow cooker. 


  • 3.54 lb. boneless chuck roast
  • 1 tsp. salt and pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 Tbsp. chipotle peppers in adobo (see notes)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. dried cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. dried cloves
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth


  1. Place chuck roast in a 6 qt. slow cooker.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and place bay leaves on top of meat.
  3. Stir together remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour mixture over meat.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Shred and season with more salt if necessary.


  • Chipotle peppers in adobo are found in small cans in the Mexican or Hispanic section. I recommend chopping up the whole can, using what you need and freezing the rest in a plastic bag. Freeze until you need more and then you can just break chunks off as needed.

Keywords: barbacoa, beef, slow cooker beef, chipotle