Caitlin Bensel
Hands-On Time
15 Mins
Total Time
7 Hours 15 Mins
Serves 8

Barbacoa is a style of cooking meat that originated in Mexico, which traditionally would require hours of slow-roasting and basting, but thanks to the modern kitchen miracle known as a slow cooker, you can have the 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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

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

Step 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.

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