Slow Cooker Beef Deshebrada Recipe

Can you say taco Tuesday?  Set your slow cooker on low when you leave for work in the morning and you’ll be eating yummy beef tacos for dinner.

The beer and the chilies add a ton of flavor.  Give this a try, your taste buds will thank you.

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Slow Cooker Beef Deshebrada

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 430kcal
Can you say taco Tuesday?  Set your slow cooker on low when you leave for work in the morning and you'll be eating yummy beef tacos for dinner.
The beer and the chilies add a ton of flavor.  Give this a try, your taste buds will thank you.
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For Beef Deshebrada

  • 3 lbs boneless beef chuck roast - cut into 2 in cubes or similar cut of meat, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cups dark Mexican beer
  • 2 oz dried ancho chilis - remove stems and seeds, tear into 2 in pieces
  • 2 t tomato paste
  • 8 cloves garlic - sliced thinnly
  • 2 t cumin
  • 2 t dried oregano
  • 2 t kosher salt
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 large onion

Carrot and cabbage slaw

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • 1/2 head cabbage - shredded
  • 1 red onion - medium, thinnly sliced
  • 1 carrot - medium, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 jalapeno - seeded and minced
  • 1 cup cilantro - chopped

To Serve

  • white corn tortillas
  • Queso fresco, crumbled
  • 12 lime wedges


For Beef Deshebrada

  • In the bowl of a slow cooker, whisk together beer, apple cider vinegar, torn anchos, tomato paste, and spices.
  • Place onion rounds in a single layer on top of the sauce.
  • Add beef cubes over onions, pushing the beef down so it's covered by the sauce.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.  You want this to be fall-apart tender.  Don't stress if it cooks longer than 8 hours, it will be fine on low.
  • When beef is tender, remove and place in a large bowl and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Remove the onions and discard.
  • Place remaining broth in a blender, and puree until you have a smooth sauce.
  • Shred the beef, using 2 forks.  Pour the pureed sauce over the meat and toss. 
  • Serve immediately with warm tortillas (microwave wrapped in damp paper towel for 30 seconds).  Add queso fresco.  Serve slaw and wedges of lime on the side.

For Slaw

  • In a large bowl combine cider vinegar, water, sugar, and salt.  Whisk until sugar has dissolved.
  • Add cabbage, carrot, onion, and jalapeno and toss well to mix.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator, for at least an hour.  Or make it the night before.
  • Drain excess liquid from slaw and toss with fresh cilantro.


Additional toppings:
Tomalito Salsa or Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream, Cilantro lime dressing and bottled hot sauce.


Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 762mg | Potassium: 1048mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 3460IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 5.6mg
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  1. Carl
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    This is great, the beef was fall apart and tasty

  2. Isabella

    I made this for tacos and it was perfect. Put it in before work and came home to an amazing meal! Had left overs too.


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