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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos are a simple weeknight slow cooker meal.  You can put this in the crockpot before you start your day and have dinner waiting for you.  This recipe takes 4 simple ingredients to create a flavorful taco filling.

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos in shell.

SLOW COOKER 4 INGREDIENT SHREDDED BEEF TACOS

There is nothing better than finding a new go-to recipe. One that you stash in your recipe card box {yes, I still have one} or file away in your email or Pinterest for later.  

The idea for today’s Slow Cooker 4 Ingredient Shredded Beef Tacos came from this 4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken that I often use for tacos and Mexican dishes and these Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos.  

Those two recipes have become staples in my house and often are cooking away when I am preparing meals for the week.

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos in bowl.

The best part about a recipe like these Slow Cooker 4 Ingredient Shredded Beef Tacos is you can prepare it, throw it in the slow cooker and forget about it.

The shredded beef makes a great filling for more than just tacos.

You can add this to things like quesadillas, salads, burritos or enchiladas or even a burrito bowl.  I love making a big batch of this and freezing half for later.

When counting the ingredients in today’s recipe I don’t include the olive oil, garlic or salt and pepper because almost all recipes I create for dinner use those ingredients so the four ingredients are the chuck roast, onion, jar of salsa verde and the cumin.  

Slow Cooker 4 Ingredient Shredded Beef Tacos with cilantro.

You can prepare this slow cooker meal in 3 easy steps:

  1. Start by sprinkling salt and pepper on all sides of the chuck roast and then browning the sides in a large skillet, for about 2 minutes per side.

  2. In a large mixing bowl combing the remaining ingredients and stir to create the sauce.

  3. Place the chuck roast in the slow cooker, pour the sauce over the chuck roast and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.  With 30 minutes left use two forks to shred the beef and mix it back into the salsa.

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This shredded beef is so flavorful and tender after cooking all day in the salsa verde sauce.  

When creating your tacos give your family or guests lots of options, like cheese, cilantro, red onion, sour cream, avocado and diced tomatoes.  

If you are looking for a way to spice up taco Tuesday this might just be your answer.

And just a 3 ounce of serving of beef (about the size of an iPhone) provides more than 10 essential nutrients and half the daily recommended value of protein for less than 150 calories. 

You can spend less time in the kitchen and more time around the table with your family.

One of my tricks to healthy eating throughout the busy weeks is to think ahead and prepare meals so they are ready when I get home.  

I find the days that I don’t prepare or think ahead we end up at a restaurant or eating something that might not be as healthy.     

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos with cheese.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THESE SLOW COOKER SHREDDED BEEF TACOS?

BEEF: This recipe uses about a 2-3 pound chuck roast, fat trimmed off. You can use a bigger chuck roast if it will fit in your slow cooker.

SALSA: I used a jar of salsa verde to add to this recipe.

You can use whatever you favorite salsa is. Sometimes I will make a Homemade Salsa or a Salsa Verde to add.

SPICES: I added cumin to this recipe but you can also use a variety of other spices that will help infuse flavor. Some I like are chili powder, paprika and cayenne pepper.

ONION & GARLIC: The onion and garlic aren’t necessary but they do help build flavor in the shredded beef. 

Slow Cooker 4 Ingredient Shredded Beef Tacos with cilantro.

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2-3 pounds beef chuck roast, fat trimmed
  • 1- 16 ounce jar of salsa verde {or your favorite salsa}
  • 1 cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil over medium high heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper on all sides of the chuck roast. When the skillet is heated, brown each side of the chuck roast {takes about 2 minutes per side}.
  2. In a 5-qt. slow cooker place the chuck roast. In a large mixing bowl combine the salsa verde, sweet onion, garlic, cumin and salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  3. Pour the salsa mixture over the beef making sure that the salsa covers the chuck roast.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours {when preparing beef in the slow cooker, it should be cooked to 160 degrees, or until it is fork tender}. With 30 minutes left use two forks to shred the beef and mix it back into the salsa making sure all of the beef is under the salsa {this really helps to keep the beef moist}.
  5. Serve the shredded beef alongside your favorites tortillas and garnishes, like chopped cilantro, cheese, chopped red onion, avocado, diced tomatoes, extra salsa and sour cream.

Notes

When preparing beef in the slow cooker, it should be cooked to 160 degrees, or until it is fork tender.
This beef freezes well in a large ziplock bag. When you are ready to eat it, place the ziplock in the refrigerator and let it defrost. Heat the beef in the microwave or on the stove.

For more Crocktober recipes using beef check out these other great bloggers who are sharing delicious recipes you can  make this fall and winter:

Bloody Mary Pot Roast by Jelly Toast

Slow Cooker Beef and Guinness Pot Pie Soup with Thyme Puff Pastry Croutons by Melanie Makes

Easy Crockpot Pot Roast by Lemons for Lulu

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Beef by NeighborFood

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak by Tastes of Lizzy T’s

Today’s post is sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council.  As always my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands and products that make A Cedar Spoon possible. 

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