A plate with a pot of slow cooker barbacoa beef and lettuce leaves on the side

Slow cooker barbacoa beef

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 1 hr, 30 mins Cook: 8 hrs


Serves 8 - 10

You can leave this barbacoa beef in the slow cooker during the day if you're entertaining. Serve in lettuce cups, tacos, or over rice with vegetables

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: Per serving (1 cup)

  • kcal50
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs0.5g
  • sugars0.4g
  • fibre0.3g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.07g
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  • 3 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 1 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • pinch ground cloves



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  • 2 limes, juiced



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  • 100ml cider vinegar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 500ml low-salt chicken stock
  • 1 bunch coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1kg brisket, cut into large pieces

To serve

  • 2 Little Gem lettuces, jalapeño chilli slices and half-fat crème fraîche


  1. Heat the slow cooker if necessary. Put the chipotle paste, red onion, garlic, cloves, lime juice and cider vinegar into the slow cooker and stir until combined. Add the bay leaves, stock and coriander, then put the beef on top. Use a pair of tongs to turn the meat over a few times in the sauce.

  2. Put the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on High for 1 hour and then Low for 8 hours or until the meat shreds easily when you pull it apart with 2 forks.

  3. Serve with the lettuce cups and jalapeño chilles and crème fraîche.

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24th Jun, 2019
This was very easy to make and i let it cook overnight. I didn't put as much vinegar as per the comments, and it made a delicious dish that everyone had seconds of.
Lindy Loo
2nd Mar, 2019
The smell of vinegar in the house for the whole day was awful, but the taste unfortunately was the same, like pickled beef not one I’d like to try again. We had it with taco’s and salad, but after one with the beef, I just had salad. Horrible!!
16th Feb, 2019
Way, waaaaay too much vinegar! Pretty easy way to ruin a kg of beef. I suggest using 50ml or less, as others have pointed out it's hard to detect anything other than the vinegar, luckily I avoided disaster by tasting it early and adding more chipotle paste, sugar, chicken stock and cumin.
Lindy Loo
2nd Mar, 2019
I agree, was like pickled beef....I wish I had read your comment first before trying this recipe!
11th Nov, 2018
Will definitely make again! Used 75ml cider, but it was a bit too much. Next time will just use 50ml. May try beef stock instead of chicken.
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20th Oct, 2018
Cooked this tonight, exactly as described above, the Beef fell to pieces beautifully. Unfortunately the Cider Vinegar was the most potent taste I would definitely recommend this to be reduced from 100ml to less otherwise it is Beef in vinegar.
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Natalie Horn
4th Jun, 2018
I used 400g diced beef and halved the recipe. Was lovely for 2 people. Also only put it in the slow cooker for 3 hours on high! Was perfect!
13th Nov, 2018
Where does the coriander come in to it? The ingredients call for a bunch, chopped but the method doesn’t mention where to add it?
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14th Nov, 2018
Thanks for pointing this out. We have amended the recipe to include it in step 1.
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