Crock Pot Chipotle Beef Barbacoa

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Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
5 hrs 45 mins

Shredded Chipotle Beef Barbacoa in a serving bowl

A tender juicy Spicy Chipotle Beef Barbacoa made in a crock pot to make dinner life easier!

Does anyone else get really bad migraines? They are just miserable right?

Over the past two weeks I have had a migraine 7 of those days!! {thats 50% of the time people} I thought I finally got rid of it on Friday and it came back again Sunday with vengeance and now I still have it. Ughh… relief please!

All that to say.. I’m gonna keep this post short and sweet because I’m not feeling great and this Crock Pot Chipotle Beef Barbacoa is so good it really doesn’t need a lot of adjectives to prep it up.

I mean… look at it..

Its juicy, spicy, citrusy, beefy, herby, tender, dreamy, easy, and good with anything you put it on. {like how I slipped all those adjectives in there.. hehe}

Plus, everybody could use an extra Crock Pot recipe right?

If you are not about THE BEEF and want to “Eat More Chick’n” then check out my 20 Healthy Chicken Recipes post from Monday. I promise you’ll be glad you did.

But if you would like to enter into the world of beefy tender juicy spicy deliciousness then … enter here and enjoy the ride! {for your safety please be sure to keep all arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times} Yeah, not sure what that was about, just go with it. 🙂

To get started, lightly blend together 4 chipotle peppers from a can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, 2 tablespoons of adobe sauce, 1 bunch of cilantro, 1 red onion peeled and quartered, 1 whole head of garlic {peeled} and cloves smashed, 2 teaspoons of ground clove, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, the juice of 4 limes, and 1/2 cup of cider vinegar.

Shredded Beef Barbacoa in a serving bowl next to tortilla shells

Pour mixture on the bottom of  slow cooker. Place the brisket on top of this mixture.

Top view of shredded Beef Barbacoa in a serving bowl

Add 3 1/2 cups of chicken stock to cover the meat and place 5 dry bay leaves on top. Use tongs to move the meat around gently to combine everything. Put the lid on.

Side view of shredded Chipotle Beef Barbacoa in a shallow serving bowl

Cook on HIGH 5 -5.5 hours. Use two forks to shred.

Shredded Chipotle Beef Barbacoa on a fork over a serving bowl

Place shredded beef in large bowl and ladle cooking liquid over the top a few scoops at a time. You want the meat to hold the liquid but not swim in it.

Shredded Crock Pot Chipotle Beef Barbacoa in a serving bowl

Crock Pot Chipotle Beef Barbacoa in a bowl

Crock Pot Chipotle Beef Barbacoa

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 15 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 5 hours 30 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 5 hours 45 mins
  • yield Yield: 5 cups of shredded meat 1x
  • category Category: Crock Pot, Beef,



  • 4 chipotle peppers (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce)
  • 2 tablespoon of adobo sauce from chipotle pepper can
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 whole head of garlic, peeled and cloves smashed
  • 5 dry bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 5 pounds beef brisket
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken stock


  1. Lightly blend together chipotle peppers from a can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, adobe sauce, cilantro, red onion, garlic, ground clove, sea salt, lime juice, and cider vinegar.
  2. Pour mixture on the bottom of slow cooker. Place the brisket on top of this mixture.
  3. Add stock to cover the meat and place bay leaves on top. Use tongs to move the meat around gently to combine everything. Put the lid on.
  4. Cook on HIGH 5 -5.5 hours. Use two forks to shred.
  5. Place shredded beef in large bowl and ladle cooking liquid over the top a few scoops at a time. You want the meat to hold the liquid but not swim in it.


{Recipe from The Kitchn}


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46 Responses
  1. Best Paleo Diet

    I was going to say I always make my very similar recipe in the pressure cooker. I was under the impression that pressure cookers can bring out the malliard effect in meas because of the temperature that it reaches. So i’d be curious to try it with the seared ox tail with chuck in the pressure cooker.

    1. Krista

      Very interesting! I know a few of the readers who have tried this in a pressure cooker with much success. Hope your version turns out!

  2. Andi @ The Weary Chef

    I am so sad for you about your migraines! That is so miserable and unfair 🙁 I hope you are feeling completely better now.

    I AM all about the beef, so this looks amazing to me. I’ve been to Chipotle a few times recently and wasn’t sure what the barbacoa was. Now I know, but now I’ll be making it at home instead of getting it there! This made an appearance in my crockpot roundup today, and I’ll be pinning it all over town too 😉

    1. Krista

      Thanks Andi! I am feeling much better, it finally went away. Praise the Lord!

      So glad you liked the recipe girl, and thanks for the feature in your roundup. So honored! Thanks for the social media love too, you basically are a rock star! 🙂

  3. Anetta @ The Wanderlust Kitchen

    Love this! Stopping by from Marvelous Mondays. So happy to have found your blog! Following you on Pinterest 🙂

  4. Diane Balch

    I am so impressed that you were able to pull such a wonderful meal together with your head pounding. Hope you are better soon. Thank you for posting this to foodie friday.

    1. Krista

      oh… thanks Diane! It was tough, but someone has to make the meal or we’d all starve around here, haha. So glad that I just had to throw it in and then the crock pot did the rest of the work. 🙂 Win!

    1. Krista

      haha…. sounds like I’m on a role today girl and your sailor man is going to be one happy camper when he comes back in from the ocean.

  5. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    This beef looks so fall-apart tender! I love love slow-cooked beef so this recipe is kind of perfect for me! pinned. 🙂

    1. Krista

      Awesome Sarah, slow cooker beef is one of my favorites too! Love how tender it gets and the flavored juices from all day cooking.

  6. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    I want to eat all of these and darn, those photos are beautiful! Pinning and sharing this on social media. Hope you have a good weekend, Krista! 🙂

  7. Kelly

    This looks incredible Krista! Love how you made it in a slow cooker – the meat looks so tender and flavorful and the adobe chipotle peppers sound awesome! Hope you feel better soon, migraines are no fun 🙁

  8. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    Krista, I have to say, you photograph meat really well! You make this and all of your other dishes absolutely mouth watering when I’m over here. I love the ingredients you put in this beef… see, making me drool!

  9. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    I’m so sorry you haven’t been feeling well Krista 🙁 I hope you feel better soon! This barbacoa looks ah-mazing! Seriously. AH-MAZING. Can’t wait to give it a try! Pinned!

    1. Krista

      Thanks Trish, the migraine finally went away. Praise the Lord, now just hoping it doesn’t come back. #fingerscrossed.

      Hope you get a chance to try it girl, I know without a doubt you will love it and think its ah-mazing!

  10. Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled

    Krista, this looks so delicious! I am adding this to my meal planner for next week, my husband is going to love it too! Thanks for sharing another great recipe, pinned 🙂

    P.S. I hope you feel better soon!

    1. Krista

      Awesome Jenn, so glad to hear it! 🙂 He will totally love it, can’t wait to hear what you think too! Thanks for the pin and well wishes girl. My migraine FINALLY went away.. yeah!!!

  11. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    Wow! We normally only make meals like this on the weekend because of the time intensity of making the meat so tender. But made in a crockpot?? Now you’re talking! I love how flavorful and tender the meat looks! I would love to come home from work with this in my crockpot knowing that dinner will soon be served!! 🙂

  12. Amy | Club Narwhal

    Krista, this looks out of control good–and it’s made in a crock pot. Win win! I’ve always been nervous to cook with brisket but I bet slow cooking it makes it so, so delicious 🙂

    1. Krista

      I was nervous about brisket too, I’ve heard either hours in the oven or on the grill. Neither of which I have time to hoover over, but throw it in a crock pot and forget about it. That I do have time for. 🙂 Hope you enjoy it girl!

  13. Jelli

    I adore Chipotle and sadly the closest I can get here in Costa Rica is Moe’s and even that’s about 30 minutes away. Sadly, my Crockpot broke last month, or I’d be all over this. It looks so delicious that I’ll probably try it in a pressure cooker.

    1. Krista

      oH… yeah pressure cooker would totally work and break through the toughness of brisket. Major bummer on the slow cooker thing, definitely have to get a new one soon. 🙂

      1. Jelli

        Krista, we made this last night in the pressure cooker and it was delicious. My husband’s not fond of spicy, but even he enjoyed it since I mildly cut down on the chilis. My toddler eats spicier food than he, and she liked it too! Thank you.

        1. Krista

          Awesome!!! How long did you end up cooking it for in the pressure cooker? Sounds like I need to get one!

          Too funny that your toddler likes spicier food than your husband…haha!!! So glad you enjoyed it girl, enjoy the left overs. 🙂 Thats my favorite part!

  14. Erlene

    Yum this looks delicious. Pinned to my crock pot board. I’m the new weekly co-host at Let’s Get Real Blog Hop and would love for you to come and linkup tomorrow at 5PM EST.

  15. Chris @ Shared Appetite

    I totally want to dive head first into that bowl! This NEEDS to happen immediately in our house! Such a great looking recipe Krista! And sorry to hear about the migraines… hope they get better!

    1. Krista

      haha… might be a little messy but the messy things are always way worth it in the end. 🙂 Go getcha those ingredients and have at it, you and your wife will love it!

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