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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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbacoa beef, chipotle's copycat recipe, slow cooker beef, slow cooker chipotle's barbacoa beef
Servings: 8
Calories: 358kcal


  • Slow Cooker


  • 5 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ medium yellow onion
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 2-3 chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon ground oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 pounds bottom round roast (or beef eye of round, all fat trimmed)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 cups cooked rice


  • Place garlic, onion, lime juice, chipotles, cumin, oregano and cloves in a blender until smooth; set aside.
  • Trim all fat off meat, and cut into 4 pieces. Season all sides with salt and pepper and brown in a skillet over high heat in 1 teaspoon olive oil just until the outside is brown and seared to seal in the juices.
  • Remove meat from skillet and place in the bottom of a slow cooker sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Pour liquefied spices, water and bay leaves on top and cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours.
  • 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 and mix together with juices in the slow cooker. Let cook on warm for 10 minutes.
  • Serve over cooked rice.


  • 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.


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 4mg