Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe {LOW CALORIE}

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe

This Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe is just 210 calories and has 24g of protein!

You can use this recipe for Mexican Barbacoa in tacos (my preferred method) over homemade nachos, in my low calorie enchiladas, over salads… the possibilities are endless!

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe

Question: What is Barbacoa?

Answer: Barbacoa meat is a traditional Mexican lamb, goat or beef that is slow roasted in a pit. We have chosen to make our barbacoa with beef, and in a slow cooker as lamb is expensive, goat is difficult to find, and more people have a slow cooker than a cooking pit.

This Mexican barbacoa recipe is just 210 calories and has 24g of protein!

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe

Our low calorie slow cooker barbacoa beef recipe is easy to make and delicious on all your favorite Mexican dishes.

This beef barbacoa slow cooker recipe comes with a shopping list, printable recipe card, nutrition label and more.

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe

Below, you’ll find everything you need to make an authentic barbacoa recipe in a crock pot…

What You’ll Find in this Article:

  • Ingredients for Beef Barbacoa (shopping list!)
  • How to Make Barbacoa Beef
  • Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe (recipe card!)
  • Nutrition and Calories in Mexican Barbacoa Recipes

Take a screenshot of the shopping list so you have it handy when you go shopping. And email yourself (or print) the recipe card so you have it at your fingertips the next time you have a craving for the beef barbacoa recipe.

Along with a homemade barbacoa seasoning, you’ll find all the ingredients for making beef barbacoa in a crock pot in the following section.

Up next, a shopping list for our low calorie Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe…

Ingredients for Beef Barbacoa

Along with the slow cooker beef barbacoa ingredients, we’ve supplied you with some ingredients for barbacoa beef tacos. The taco ingredients are not included in the nutrition label below, they are just to help you at the grocery store.

You can make beef barbacoa tacos, homemade nachos, low calorie enchiladas, just about anything with this slow cooker barbacoa beef recipe.

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe

Special Tip: You can find all the measurements in the recipe card below. There you can choose how many servings of this Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe you want to make, and it will do all the measurement math for you.

Shopping List for Barbacoa Tacos:

Beef Barbacoa:

  • Beef brisket or beef chuck roast
  • Chipotle chilis in adobo
  • Beef broth
  • Garlic cloves
  • Ground cumin
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Ground cloves
  • Lime

Barbacoa Tacos Toppings:

  • Tortillas
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Onions
  • Salsa or Hot Sauce (optional)
  • Shredded Cheddar (optional)
  • Avocado (optional)

To make this a barbacoa taco recipe, simply serve the Crockpot Barbacoa Beef over tortillas with all your favorite toppings.

Note- the nutrition label below only includes the ingredients for the barbacoa recipe slow cooker… This way you can add the barbecoa to any dish you like.

Up next, how to make barbacoa in a crock pot…

How to Make Barbacoa Beef

To make this barbacoa recipe authentic we would need to roast the barbacoa meat in a pit… That’s not easy for most of us. So I made this low calorie recipe for barbacoa in a slow cooker.

If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can cook the Barbacoa in a large pot, on the stove top. Simply cook on low heat for 6-8 hours mixing often to avoid burning.

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe

This Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe is easy to make. We skipped browning the meat, which cut both cook time and calories (no oil needed!).

How to Make Barbacoa Beef:

  1. Cut the beef into 4 large cubes and add to the slow cooker.
  2. Add the chilis, beef broth, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, cloves, and lime juice to a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth and pour over the beef.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 6 hours.
  4. Shred the meat with two forks either inside the slow cooker, or move to a plate to shred then add back to the slow cooker.
  5. Mix well in the sauces, and serve hot in tacos, enchiladas, over salads, nachos, of just about anything!

Special Tip: You can find the directions, measurements, ingredients, nutrition and more in the recipe card below. We have gathered all the helpful information into one sharable recipe card.

Up next, a sharable recipe card for Crockpot Barbacoa

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe

This low calorie recipe for Mexican Barbacoa is easy to make and so yummy! At just 201 calories for 1/2 cup it’s the perfect barbacoa taco recipe.

We were able to cut lots of calories by omitting all the oil, this also helped save time as we skipped the browning of the meat. Now I know that is more traditional, but I have made it both ways, and I can’t tell the difference… so I skipped the step to save time and calories.

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Recipe

LOW CALORIE Recipe for Mexican Barbacoa (Slow Cooker Recipe)

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This low calorie recipe for barbacoa beef is easy and yummy, and best of all, it's made in a slow cooker.
Our slow cooker barbacoa beef recipe is just 201 calories for 1/2 cup and has 24g of protein! And if you made barbacoa tacos, 1/2 cup would make about 3-4 tacos! That's a lot of beef barbacoa…
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 18 servings
Calories 201 kcal

Equipment

  • slow cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs beef brisket or beef chuck roast
  • 3 chipotle chilis in adobo
  • 1 1/4 cups beef broth
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Juice of 1 lime

Instructions
 

  • Cut the beef into 4 large cubes and add to the slow cooker.
  • Add the chilis, beef broth, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, cloves, and lime juice to a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth and pour over the beef.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 6 hours.
  • Shred the meat with two forks either inside the slow cooker, or move to a plate to shred then add back to the slow cooker.
  • Mix well in the sauces, and serve hot in tacos, enchiladas, over salads, nachos, of just about anything!

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcalCarbohydrates: 1.4gProtein: 24gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 3.9gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 276mgPotassium: 33mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0.5gCalcium: 21mgIron: 3mg
Keyword beef, Main Course
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Nutrition and Calories in Mexican Barbacoa Recipes

Most Mexican barbacoa recipes are packed full of calories and fat… but not ours!

We were able to cut all of the oil and make an authentic barbacoa recipe that tastes amazing and goes great on all your favorite Mexican dishes.

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