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Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef on Steamed Buns

Slow cooked Barbacoa beef with glazed shallots, pickled veggies on a steam bun

Course Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword barbacoa beef, main course, steamed buns
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 6 people
Calories 393 kcal
Author Janet Barton



  • 2 1/2 - 3 lbs. beef chuck roast cut into 3-4 inch cubes
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • juice from 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped

Balsamic Shallots:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 shallots peeled and sliced thin

Pickled jalapeno peppers:

  • 3 jalapeno peppers thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ripe mango
  • ripe avocado
  • steamed buns


To prepare beef:

  1. Place all ingredients in a crockpot.  Place a sheet of parchment paper over ingredients, cover with lid.  Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.  Using two forks shred the beef and return the to juices in the pan and keep warm until ready to serve.

To prepare Shallots:

  1. Add vinegar and shallots into a medium size skillet. Cook over medium heat and bring to a low simmer until shallots begin to caramelize.  Remove from heat.

To prepare Pickled Jalapeno Peppers:

  1. In a bowl add vinegar, salt and sugar.  Stir to dissolve then add sliced peppers.  Place in refrigerator while beef is cooking.  Can be made a day in advance.

To assemble:

  1. Layer beef with caramelized shallots, pickled jalapeno peppers, ripe avocado slices and mango slices inside a steamed bun or flour or corn tortillas.

  2. Serves 4-6
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef on Steamed Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 393 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 595mg25%
Potassium 778mg22%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Vitamin C 15.3mg19%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.