Crock Pot Barbacoa Beef Chipotle Copycat Recipe (low carb / crock pot)

The Barbacoa beef at Chipotle is my favorite meat at the restaurant.  I love love love it on salads!  After much trial and error, this is a crock pot copycat version I developed for home.

(1) 2.5 to 3 lb. boneless chuck roast
Adobo Sauce:
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 small can chipotle chiles in adobo [use 1 chili and 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce from the can]
1/2 tablespoon of cumin
3 tablespoon of tomato paste
4 large garlic cloves
2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of cloves

In a blender, blend all of the ingredients for the adobo sauce.  Place the roast in your slow cooker and mix it together with the sauce.  Cook on High for 4 hours or until the roast is pull apart tender.  Shred the meat and place it in a bowl and then dump the crock pot sauce on top.  Add an additional pinch of salt.

My favorite way to eat this is over salad with sour cream (and sometimes guacamole)!  This meat has a very small amount of carbs in it.

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  1. I love the barbacoa too! I had a salad bowl for the past two nights, and of course i chose barbacoa for both. I’ll be trying this out. Thanks!

  2. If I would prefer to cook it on LOW, would I double the time?

    • It really depends on the “hotness” of your particular slow cooker. They all seem to vary a bit. But, most likely I wouldn’t double the time, but instead just add 2 to 3 extra hours. When the meat is fully cooked and tender it is done.

  3. I made this tonight. It was delicious! Thank you.

  4. Would it be crazy to try this with chicken?

    • Christine says:

      I am sure chicken would be great! A few caveats! Chicken breast in the crock pot turns to tasteless stingy gum if you cook it more than 3 or 4 hours max. Chicken thighs usually works a bit better for longer cooking.

  5. Ooh, yum! I made this today and it is fantastic. I’ve made good carnitas and pulled pork in the crock pot before, but this was the first time I’ve had success with beef–usually it turns out bland, but this is very good. Looking forward to having it on salads and tacos later in the week! Thanks!

  6. Just made this…sooo good. Cooked on low for 8 hours and used two chipotle peppers instead of just one. So tender! Definitely a keeper recipe. Thank you!

  7. Thanks ill be trying this over the weekend!!
    If i cook it over night in the morning do i just turn it off and let sit out to cool until i get home from work?
    thats 9 hrs?

    *note i would also like to try this with the chicken:)

  8. Amazing and true to the original taste, we Loved it.

  9. Rachel H. says:

    I think I’m going to go prep this and make it for a late dinner. I was unable to find a chuck roast (three different attempts/three different stores) , so I bought an eye round roast — basically, I was just looking for a cheap roast to braise …
    It should be fine, I imagine.

  10. Christine, thanks for this recipe. I have not tried this dish in the restaurant, but my nieces and nephews have and they love your version. I’m going to try it next time with chicken thighs.

  11. Just wondering if the Barbacoa could be fixed in a pressure cooker? I rec’d one for Christmas and I’m searching for recipes? It sounds great and I will use regardless. Happy New Year!!

  12. So i made this today and here i am, still trying to eat more at 11 o clock at night. Delicious!! Stewed beef is one of my favorite dishes and this recipe is everything I’ve always wanted out of it. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Made this today and it turned out so yummy! I added two chilies and I didn’t have cloves. Everything else followed exactly! Thank you for such a great recipe!

  14. I made this tonight. But in the pressure Cooker which only took about an hour. Absolutely delicious & would definitely make it again. My question is do you happen to know the carb count?

  15. Has anyone tried this with pork?

    • Christine says:

      I am sure it would be good, but lean pork dries out quicker in the crock pot than beef so reduce the cooking time if you need to.


  16. I have a VERY week stomach..can it be made without chiles

  17. Ashley A Damey says:

    God I hope I didn’t mess this up, I was looking at all my ingredients I accidently got a small can of chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce instead of chipotle chiles! Is this gonna be okay???

  18. Made this in my Insta Pot tonight! Delish!!! I cooked it for 35 minutes, but it could have used a little more time, maybe 45 minutes. My roast was 3 lbs, and I used 2 chipotle peppers, and beef broth instead of water. Rave reviews! Definitely a keeper!

  19. Brian Starr-Street says:

    This comes out so delicious! Do you know the carb count, by chance?


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