Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

I really love Mexican food, but I quit eating it out so much (too salty and fattening, but oh so good!). In order to satisify my need for Mexican food, I’ve been looking for new recipes to try at home.  I found this recipe over on Southern Living’s website and decided to give it a try this week.  This was a nice change from our regular tacos and chicken fajitas.  I really loved that it was made in the crock pot and it was ready when I got home from work!  The meat mixture is runny so I added a cup of minute rice to soak up all the wonderful juices.  We both enjoyed this and ate the leftovers last night.  I would definately make this again.

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos
Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos
(Printable Recipe)

  • 1.5- 2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice of one lime
  • red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin or coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Flour or corn tortillas, warmed
  • Toppings: shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, salsa

Sprinkle beef evenly with salt.  In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients except tortillas.  Stir to combine.  Place beef in a slow cooker; cover with the tomato mixture. Cook on HIGH 4 hours or on LOW 8 hours (longer the better) or until beef is tender.

Serve with warm tortillas and desired toppings.

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  1. Update on my tough beef……….
    Ended up having to throw the crock in my fridge overnight, and put it back on at noon today. The beef is now falling apart, and is super tender, juicy, and just falling apart. And, as it tastes, these are going to be the BEST tacos I've eaten in a long time. Mouth watering. Don't know why my beef took so long to tenderize, but the only issue I'm left with tonight is finding the right bib to keep the mess off my shirt.

    Great recipe.

  2. Give yourself 3 days for this recipe. My beef has been in the slow cooker for 6 hours and it is tough as nails (grass fed locally raised beef, custom order slaughter). The acid in the tomato and lime is acting against the beef and the collagen is not breaking down. The sauce tastes great, but it is toughening the meat, so hopefully I will be eating tacos in two days. I have cooked beef in water and turned it into succulent and tender shredded beef, this recipe is turning the meat into jerky. It fell off the bone, but is gathering around any bit of protein left in the meat.

    Good Luck!

  3. This looks great, that beef looks flavorful and juicy. I can't wait to pull out my slow cooker and try this recipe

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