slow cooker shredded beef taco meat in a bowl, surrounded by taco toppings in bowls, tortillas and avocados

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican


These slow cooker beef tacos are braised for hours in garlic and beer to create a simple and flavorful barbacoa-style filling for your favorite tacos.



  • 23 pound chuck roast
  • 1 12-ounce can Mexican-style lager
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 46 tablespoons taco seasoning


  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium-high (add 1 tablespoon olive oil if using a stainless pan). Liberally season chuck roast with salt & pepper. Add to skillet and sear on all sides until it naturally releases for pan. Transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Add beer, minced garlic and lime juice to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 – 1- hours.
  3. Remove chuck roast from slow cooker and reserve 1 cup cooking liquid. Shred beef and season with taco seasoning. Return beef and cooking liquid to slow cooker and stir until seasoning is evenly distributed. Cook on high for about 30 minutes.

Keywords: beef, tacos, slow cooker, barbacoa, shredded beef