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Lazy Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Taco

This delicious crockpot shredded beef taco recipe is one you will want to make on repeat. Tender and flavorful, this beef dish is perfect served in taco shells, bowls, burritos and more.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 hrs
prep time after cooking15 mins
Total Time12 hrs 25 mins
Course: Brunch, dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beef tacos, crockpot taco recipe, shredded beef tacos
Servings: 6
Calories: 420kcal


  • 4 quart slow cooker or larger
  • Spoon to stir
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • slow cooker liner (optional)
  • two forks (for shredding cooked beef)


  • 3 - 3½ lb chuck (or similar) roast
  • cups beef broth
  • 8 oz Tomato paste
  • ½ cup taco seasoning If you are using a packet of pre-made seasoning, follow the guidelines on the packet for how much seasoning to add per pound of beef. You may need one packet per pound of meet.
  • 8 oz chopped mild green chilis I use canned. If you are a fan of heat, you can opt for hotter chilis
  • 1 tablespoon dice garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste, if needed


  • place liner in slow cooker (if using)
  • Place beef in slow cooker
  • Load all remaining ingredients (other than salt and pepper) into slow cooker on top of beef.
    Whole piece of beef topped with seasonings in slow cooker before cooking
  • cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or high for 5-6 hours. Low is the preferred method.
  • after at least 10 hours, remove beef and shred beef with two forks.
  • remove about ¾ of the liquid from slow cooker and reserve for gravy other other use.
  • return shredded beef to pot with remaining liquid and stir to mix. If meat seems drier than you like, add little bits of liquid back in and stir. Continue until desired consistency is reached.
    crockpot full of shredded beef
  • cover and keep on warm until ready to serve.
  • ENJOY!!


Calories: 420kcal