Shredded Beef Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Tacos
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With only 4 ingredients, this shredded beef recipe for easy slow cooker tacos couldn’t be easier. Just add your favorite toppings for a delicious weeknight dinner!
Enjoy Mexican food for dinner tonight with this delicious shredded beef recipe for slow cooker tacos. Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos are so easy to make and have only 4 ingredients.
A Fresh Twist for Taco Tuesday
In our home, “Taco Tuesday” has become a mainstay in our family’s weekly meal plan. It could mean we’re having chicken verde enchiladas, fish quesadillas, beef burritos, shredded chicken tacos or any other Mexican dish that comes to mind.
We like to mix it up so it’s not our standard ground turkey tacos week after week. It’s become a fun tradition that our kids look forward to each Tuesday. I also find it makes meal planning so much easier when one night each week you just have to come up with an idea for the same genre of food — plus who can resist an excuse to have tortilla chips and guacamole?!
One of our new “Taco Tuesday” favorites is this shredded beef recipe.
Perfect Cinco De Mayo Dinner Idea
I originally shared this shredded beef recipe on Cinco de Mayo at Belle of the Kitchen for our latest Ideas for the Kitchen exchange. While I was there, Ashlyn was here sharing her Creamy Salsa Chicken Verde Enchiladas.
Both of these recipes are very easy to make and would be perfect if you’re throwing a Cinco de Mayo party for a crowd or just having a quiet “Taco Tuesday” at home with your family.
How to Make Shredded Beef Tacos
These could not be easier. If you are running around like crazy and need a Taco Tuesday, Mexican, or Tex-Mex dinner idea for your slow cooker, this is for you!
There are only a few easy ingredients.
- Beef round roast
- Hot red enchilada sauce
- Chopped Onion
- Packet of taco seasoning
Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos Directions
I have the complete recipe at the bottom of this post. But I bet you’ll also appreciate some step by step directions with pictures too. Here is how I made my shredded beef tacos. My family still requests this almost every Tuesday.
1. Cook the beef roast in the slow cooker
To make this shredded beef recipe, just put a large beef roast in your slow cooker, top it with some chopped onion, dry taco seasoning and a can of enchilada sauce and let it cook all day. It’s really that simple.
2. Shred it with two forks
Once the beef roast has fully cooked, all you have to do is shred it apart with a couple of forks. The longer you let it cook in the slow cooker, the easier it shreds.
3. Serve with your favorite Mexican side dishes
After you’ve prepared this shredded beef recipe, you can serve it on your favorite type of tortillas. I served the shredded beef on corn tortillas, but my husband Kent thought it was even better with flour tortillas.
What are the best toppings for shredded beef tacos?
Use whatever toppings you love! These are super versatile and can be as simple or as complex as you like.
The toppings we used are:
- Leaf lettuce
- Diced tomato
- Cheddar cheese
- Sour cream
Shredded Beef Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Tacos
- 2.5 – 3 pound beef round roast
- 1 – 10 oz. can of hot red enchilada sauce
- 3/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 oz packet of taco seasoning 1/3 cup
- Lightly coat the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray.
- Trim the fat off the roast and then place in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Pour the can of enchilada sauce over the beef roast.
- Add the chopped onion and sprinkle with taco seasoning.
- Cover and cook on high for four hours or low for 8 hours.
- Shred the beef with two forks.
- Serve on tortillas with lettuce, tomato and cheese. Enjoy!
Other Shredded Beef Recipe Ideas
Shredded beef tacos would be delicious with tortilla chips and salsa or a side salad. While it’s easy to serve this shredded beef recipe as tacos, you could also use it in many other ways:
- Use shredded beef instead of ground taco meat in burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas or a Mexican casserole.
- Serve it as a sandwich on a large bun with a slice of cheese and sautéed onions.
- Put it on toasted bread. Cover with shredded or sliced cheddar cheese and bake in the oven for an open-faced shredded beef melt sandwich.
- Shredded beef would also freeze well to save and use in future recipes for easy weeknight meals.
Does your family celebrate Cinco de Mayo or “Taco Tuesday”? What’s your favorite Mexican dish? Please comment below and share. We are always looking for new ideas.
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While you’re here, check out some of the other Taco Tuesday ideas –
- Crazy Taco Faces
- Southwest Sautéed Red Cabbage
- Creamy Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas
- And if you’re looking for more easy and delicious recipes check out these other Easy Dinner Ideas!
If you liked this shredded beef recipe, please share the slow cooker tacos with your friends or pin it for later:
Originally published May 2015. Updated May 2019.
Oh yummy!! We are always looking for new slow cooker recipes since we usually end up doing the same couple ideas (pulled pork, stew, and curry) but I never thought to make tacos with it! Such a good idea 🙂 Mmm!
I know what you mean, Erica. We often have the same “go-to” recipes too. I’ve never thought of making a curry-based recipe in my slow cooker, though. Great idea!
Those look so yummy AND easy to make, I love that! Pinned it to try! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty
It’s super duper easy to make, Jamie. Those are my favorite kind of recipes too. Thank you so much for pinning our recipe.
I’ll definitely have to give this a try soon, especially since it’s a slow cooker recipe which are my favorite kind of recipe 🙂 We eat a lot of tacos at our house but they’re almost exclusively ground beef tacos. It’d be nice to have a little change of pace.
Slow cooker recipes are my favorite kind too. You’ll definitely love this one as a way to shake things up from your usual ground beef tacos. Enjoy!!