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Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Shredded Beef Tacos

Servings 8 people
Author Amy Lee Scott


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pounds boneless chuck roast
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 ounces green enchilada sauce (we use generic store brand)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons brown sugar
  • flour or corn tortillas


  • Mix chili powder, cumin, and paprika in a small bowl. Rub into the chuck roast on both sides (you might have some leftover). Add olive oil to a large nonstick pan and heat over medium-high. Sear meat for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Transfer meat to a slow cooker.
  • Carefully pour the beef stock (or 1 cup water with 1 cube beef bouillon) into the hot pan. Simmer over low heat and scrape up the browned bits. Add the tomato paste and chipotle pepper. Toss in any remaining spices. Boil for 2 minutes, until slightly thickened and pour over the meat. Add onion and garlic. Cook for 6-8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  • When the meat is done, it will shred easily. Transfer the meat to a bowl and discard of the juices in the slow cooker. Shred. Fold in the enchilada sauce and brown sugar. Return meat to the slow cooker and keep on warm until ready to serve.


  • guacamole
  • tomatillo salsa (it’s at the very bottom of the linked post)
  • cojita cheese
  • lime juice