Shredded Barbacoa Brisket Tacos

You can’t beat a low and slow cooked brisket. This Mexican inspired dish combines pulled brisket, smokey chipotle paste, herbs and spices to create a magical slow cooker dish. Taco night never looked and tasted so good!

Brisket was made for slow cooking. It’s usually one of the tougher cuts of beef, but when cooked low and slow, the meat tenderises and becomes soft and succulent.

Make sure to cut the brisket into large chunks first. That way it will cook evenly and shred easily.

After the low and slow cook, we stuffed the shredded beef into soft tortillas along with sour cream, lettuce, avocado and pickled red onion. You could use hard shell tacos, burritos, or spoon over rice and add any toppings of your choice!

Shredded Barbacoa Brisket Tacos

Low and slow cooked Mexican inspired brisket tacos
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 212 kcal


  • Slow Cooker
  • Frying Pan


  • 750 g Beef brisket Cut into large chunks
  • 2 tbsp Chipotle paste
  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cloves
  • 500 ml Beef stock
  • Juice of 1 lime


  • Combine chipotle paste, tomato purée, cumin, oregano and ground cloves. Stir well until it forms a paste.
  • Cut your beef brisket into large chunks. This is really important. It won’t shred well if you leave it as one whole cut.
  • Add the spice paste to the brisket and stir well until coated on all sides.
  • In a hot pan with a little oil, brown the coated beef on all sides. Do this in batches if needed.
  • Transfer the browned beef to the slow cooker. Add the juice of one lime and beef stock. If you have a large slow cooker, and the brisket isn’t covered or nearly covered with liquid, you may want to add some more stock.
  • Cook for 8+ hours on low (you could even leave this for up to 10 hours if you have the time).
  • Transfer the beef to a bowl and shred with two forks. Stir in some liquid from the slow cooker until you reach your desired level of sauciness!
  • Serve in tacos, burritos or enchiladas. Add your favourite toppings and enjoy!


Nutrition calculations only account for the ingredients stated in the slow cooker recipe. Serving suggestions such as rice and potatoes are not included. Remember to account for the nutritional values of anything you choose to accompany the recipe with. 


Calories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 28gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 356mgPotassium: 602mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 4mg
Keyword 8 hour, Beef, Brisket, Shredded, tacos
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