Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Chipotle’s Barbacoa Beef Recipe

This beef is slow cooked until tender in a perfect blend of spices. It's great for filling tacos, burritos, salads, or just served over rice.

If you love Chipotle, you’re going to love this copycat barbacoa beef. This was really easy and made my house smell amazing all day!  

If you’re looking for a new slow cooker, this one is a favorite.

We love to serve this beef as filling for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, salads, or just “bowl style” over rice with vegetables on the side.

How to make slow cooker barbacoa beef

  1. Place garlic, onion, lime juice, cumin, oregano, chipotles, and cloves in a blender or food processor.
  2. Trim all fat off meat, cut into 4 inch chunks. Season with salt and pepper and brown on high heat in 1 teaspoon oil. If you’re short on time, you can skip this step, but it does give a nice depth to the flavor of the meat.
  3. Add liquefied spices, water, bay leaves and cook in a slow cooker on high for 4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Once cooked and the meat is tender, remove the meat and place in a dish. Shred it with two forks, and reserve the liquid for later (discard the bay leaf). Return the shredded meat to the pot, adjust salt and cumin (you may need to add more) to taste and add some of the reserved liquid back. Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes to let the flavors penetrate.

Recipe Notes

this recipe uses canned chipotles in adobo sauce (you can see the kind we prefer to use below) and calls for 2-4, depending how spicy you would like it. My kids don’t like spicy food, so I can usually only get away with one chipotle pepper and a little bit of adobo sauce.

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Pressure Cooker Instructions:

To make this in your Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot, place the oil in the bottom and use the Saute feature to brown the pieces of roast on all sides (you may need to do it in a few batches).

Return all the meat to the pot, pour the sauce over the meat and toss gently to coat. Replace the lid securely and set vent to “sealing.”

Cook on manual high pressure for 1 hour. Turn to “venting” for a quick release. Remove the bay leaves, shred meat, and serve as desired.

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Serves: 10

Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Chipotle's Barbacoa Beef Recipe

This beef is slow cooked until tender in a perfect blend of spices. It's great for filling tacos, burritos, salads, or just served over rice.

20 minPrep Time

4 hrCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds bottom round roast (or beef eye of round, all fat trimmed)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2-4 chipotles in adobo sauce (to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place garlic, onion, lime juice, cumin, oregano, chipotles, and cloves in a blender.
  2. Trim all fat off meat, cut into 4 inch chunks. Season with salt and pepper and brown on high heat in 1 tsp oil. Add liquefied spices, water, bay leaves and simmer on high for 4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Once cooked and the meat is tender, remove the meat and place in a dish. Shred it with two forks, and reserve the liquid for later (discard the bay leaf). Return the shredded meat to the pot, adjust salt and cumin (you may need to add more) to taste and add some of the reserved liquid back. Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes to let the flavors penetrate.

Tags

Cuisines
Mexican
Courses
Main Course
Dinner
Cooking
Slow Cooking
Allergy
gluten free
dairy free
egg free
wheat free
seafood free
sesame free
mustard free
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15 Responses to “Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Chipotle’s Barbacoa Beef Recipe”

  1. Love Chipotle. It can be high calorie, but you can eat healthier there too. It all depends on what you add.

    Their barbacoa has to be my favorite meat, so I'm happy to have this one. Showed it to the hubbs, and he thinks we need to make it this next week :) Thanks for the recipe!
  2. A Kitchen Witch
    Ah, Chipotle's. We don't have one where I live, now, just a Freebird's (same concept...not as good). Funny thing, if you're ever in South Texas and order Barbabcoa, you'll find a nasty surprise. Barbacoa around these parts is typically cooked cow head! Not a fan : (
    • Hi Kim, just click on the MAGIC button under the picture and then click on NUTRITION. It will give you all of the nutritional information on this recipe. This recipe is just for the barbacoa beef only. It would be more calories if you served it over rice or as quesadillas.

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