Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos Recipe

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Posted October 20, 2023 by: Admin #Kitchen

If you’re a fan of beef tacos, you’ll adore these shredded beef tacos. This Mexican-inspired shredded beef is juicy, tender, and bursting with flavor, and the best part is that it’s a breeze to prepare. You can use a slow cooker, stovetop, or an Instant Pot for this versatile recipe, making it perfect for any cooking method.

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This shredded beef isn’t limited to just tacos; it’s also fantastic in burritos, enchiladas, tostadas, burrito bowls, taco bowls, and salads. Furthermore, it can be stored in the fridge or freezer, making it an excellent meal prep option for healthy lunches and dinners in the days ahead.

Overhead shot of four slow-cooker shredded beef tacos on a plate with toppings and a side of lime and cilantro.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy – If you can turn on a slow cooker, you can make these shredded beef tacos.
  • Healthy – Made with whole foods, this shredded beef is nutritious and delicious.
  • Versatile – The shredded beef works well in tacos, rice bowls, and salads.
  • Great for Meal Prep – The beef keeps well in the fridge making it a great meal prep idea.

Ingredients to make Mexican shredded beef tacos: beef chuck roast, beef broth, spices, and tomato paste.

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Ingredients for Shredded Beef Tacos

You’ll need the following ingredients to make Mexican shredded beef tacos:

  • Beef Chuck – A boneless chuck roast will give you the best results. If you can’t find a chuck roast, a tri-tip roast, rump roast, top-round roast, or bottom-round roast will give you similar results.
  • Spices – A mixture of chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt to make the Mexican seasoning.
  • Beef Broth – To help braise the beef, chicken broth will also work. Feel free to use low-sodium beef broth if desired.
  • Tomato Paste – To thicken the sauce.
  • Olive Oil – To sear the roast, avocado oil will also work.

In addition to the above, you’ll need corn tortillas or flour tortillas and toppings for your tacos.

Dietary Adaptions

To Make them Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free beef broth.

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To Make them Dairy-Free: No adaptations are needed, this recipe is dairy-free.

Beef chuck roast on a plate.

Beef chuck roast on a plate covered in spices.

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How to Make Shredded Beef Tacos

  • Make the spice mix. In a small bowl or jar, combine the chili powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin, dried oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Make braising liquid. In a large measuring cup or bowl, combine the beef broth and tomato paste.
  • Season the beef. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the roast, rubbing it into the beef until covered on all sides.
  • Sear the beef. Warm the olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat and sear the beef roast for 1-2 minutes until browned on all sides.
  • Add to slow cooker. Place the seared meat in the slow cooker and pour the braising liquid around the beef.
  • Cook until fork tender. Cook in the slow cooker for 4-5 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low until the beef is tender, starting to fall apart, and can easily be pulled apart with a fork.
  • Make the sauce and shred the beef. Once cooked, transfer the roast to a cutting board and, using two forks, shred the beef into bite-sized pieces. Transfer any leftover liquid to a small saucepan, bring to a bowl, and simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened.
  • Toss beef in the sauce. Return the shredded beef to the slow cooker, drizzle with some sauce, and toss until well coated.
  • Make the tacos. Layer tortillas with a bit of shredded beef mixture and finish with toppings of your choice.

The detailed instructions for these Mexican shredded beef tacos can be found in the recipe card below.

Seared beef chuck roast in a slow cooker with broth and tomato paste.

Cooked beef chuck roast in a slow cooker.

Nutrition Tip

In addition to tacos, this shredded beef works well in rice bowls. Simply serve the shredded beef on a bed of rice and toppings of your choice to create a balanced meal for lunch or dinner.

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Mexican shredded beef for tacos in a slow cooker.

Oven Method

No slow cooker? No problem! These Mexican shredded beef tacos can be made in the oven. Simply season the beef as per the instructions then sear the beef in a large Dutch oven on all sides, pour in the braising liquid, then transfer to the oven at 325°F for 3-4 hours until beef is tender, and then shred the beef as per instructions.

Slow-cooked mexican shredded beef for tacos in a bowl with cilantro on top.

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Best Toppings for Beef Tacos

Here are some of my favorite taco toppings for Mexican shredded beef tacos:

  • Pico de gallo
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Cotija
  • Shredded cheese
  • Refried beans
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Hot sauce
  • Lime wedges
  • Fresh cilantro

Mexican shredded beef tacos on a plate with toppings.

What is the best cut for shredded beef tacos?

Chuck roast is the best cut for Mexican shredded beef tacos, as its rich and fatty nature ensures the beef is juicy and tender. Although, other roast cuts, such as rump roast and round roast also work well, as does brisket and even flank steak.

Why isn’t my beef shredding?

If your beef is not shredding, it’s simply not cooked long enough. Continue to cook the beef in the slow cooker until it is tender, starting to fall apart, and can easily be pulled apart with a fork.

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Can you overcook shredded beef?

Yes, you can overcook shredded beef. If the beef is overcooked, it will be tough and dry.

Close up of a shredded beef taco on a plate with toppings.

Storage + Reheating

To Refrigerate: Allow the shredded beef to cool completely and then transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days.

To Freeze: Once cooled, place the shredded beef in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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To Reheat: Once thawed, place shredded beef in a pan on the stove on medium-high heat and warm for 3-5 minutes, adding splashes of water to rehydrate the beef as needed. To reheat in the oven, place the shredded beef in a casserole dish, cover with aluminum foil, and warm in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes. To reheat in the microwave, place the beef in a microwave-safe dish and warm for 1-2 minutes.

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