Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Sliders


Pile this recipe's fork-tender meat onto slider buns. Then add some slaw and pickled jalapeños for a kick of heat.

Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
7 hrs 15 mins
8 serves

The recipe for these tasty Mexican sliders originated with a style of cooking meat called Barbacoa. Traditionally, it would require hours of slow-roasting and basting, but thanks to the modern kitchen miracle known as a slow cooker, you can have all the flavors at home—no fire pit required.

Once it melts into fork-tender submission, you'll shred the meat and pile it onto slider buns with a quick slaw and pickled jalapeños for a kick of heat and acid. If you have leftover meat, try it tucked into tacos with pineapple and thinly sliced white onion or piled onto nachos with avocado, cilantro, and cotija. Even better, add it to our single-serve nacho cups.


  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup finely chopped chipotle chiles in adobo plus 3 Tbsp. adobo sauce (from 1 can)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 3½-lb. boneless beef chuck roast

  • 4 cups prepared coleslaw mix

  • ¼ cup packed cilantro leaves

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • 16 slider buns, toasted

  • ½ cup sliced pickled jalapeños, for serving (optional)


  1. Stir broth, onion, garlic, chipotles, adobo sauce, cumin, oregano, and 1¼ teaspoons salt in a 6- quart slow cooker. Add beef and turn to coat. Cover and cook on low until beef is very tender and pulls apart easily, 7 to 8 hours.

  2. Transfer beef to a large bowl; coarsely shred with 2 forks. Toss beef with 1½ cups cooking liquid and ¾ teaspoon salt.

  3. Toss coleslaw mix with cilantro, oil, lime juice, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Divide beef among buns; top with slaw and pickled jalapeño slices, if using.

    Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Sliders Recipe
    Caitlin Bensel

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

448 Calories
11g Fat
41g Carbs
46g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 448
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 1097mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 46g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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