Slow Cooker Shredded Beef

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Busy day? Save time with this simple and easy-to-make slow cooker shredded beef recipe. Juicy and flavorful, you will love having this beef on hand all week long.

slow cooker shredded beef

When my life is busy, the slow cooker is my best friend. Slow cooker shredded beef tastes delicious on its own (my husband’s preferred way of devouring it) but I love using it all week long in soup recipes, tacos, salads, chili, quesadillas and more.

stirring slow cooker shredded beef

Ingredients

This recipe could not be more flavorful or easier to make. Here’s what’s inside:

  • Beef roast: The star of this recipe, use bottom round or chuck for your protein.
  • Seasoning: Cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, kosher salt, dried oregano, and chili flakes and sliced onion create an irresistible combination of flavors.
  • Fire-roasted tomatoes: Sweeter than other types of tomatoes, the additional contrasting smoky flavor makes for a perfect add for the meat.
  • Brown sugar: An optional ingredient, light brown sugar caramelizes and tenderizes the meat, making it more sweet and juicy.
  • Beer: Used as a tenderizer, beer brings out the richness of the meat. As the alcohol evaporates in the slow cooker, it leaves behind amazing tasty flavors in the meat.
  • Cilantro: With attractive leaves and a complex, citrusy flavor, cilantro is a great garnish when serving this shredded beef.
shredded beef seasoning

How to Make Slow Cooker Shredded Beef

First, put together a quick spice rub. Combine all of the spices in a medium-sized bowl and mix them together: Cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, kosher salt, dried oregano, brown sugar and chili flakes.

pouring seasoning into pot for beef

Second, add the seasonings to the base of the slow cooker. (Pro tip: Make a double or triple batch of this spice blend to use the next time you make fajitas, tacos or chili!)

spreading rub on beef

Third, place the beef on top and rub the spice blend evenly on all sides of the beef roast. Make sure every part of the beef is covered in seasoning, boosting the flavor as the meat tenderizes and slowly cooks.

chopping onions for shredded beef

When it comes to cooking meat in the slow cooker, onions are almost always a given for any cook. As a fourth step, chop and scatter the onion slices on top of the roast.

adding canned tomatoes for slow cooker shredded beef

Fifth, add tomatoes. For charred goodness, I love using fire-roasted tomatoes. Similar to onions, I like to have a tomato product when slow cooking roast beef.

adding beer to slow cooker shredded beef

Next, add beer such as a porter or IPA for more depth of flavor. The alcohol burns over during the long cook time, leaving behind deep, rich flavors from the beer, providing subtle background notes in every single bite.

plate of slow cooker shredded beef

Finally, after cooking the beef on low for eight hours, shred it with two forks before serving. Garnish with cilantro if you wish.

Customize This Recipe

  • Don’t have beef on hand? Swap out the meat in this recipe with another protein, like chicken or pork!
  • Is there another spice you’ve been wanting to use? If you feel it’d be a great addition, try incorporating it into this recipe.
  • Want a spicier kick? Try adding a bit more chili flakes or cayenne.
  • Need to make a larger quantity for company, or planning to freeze for later, this recipe can easily be doubled for larger roasts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s an ideal substitute for the alcohol?

To make this dish alcohol-free, use beef broth as a substitute.

Can I cook shredded beef in the oven?

Yes! The oven is the ideal slow cooker. Bake at 350 degrees covered for 20 to 25 minutes per pound.

How can I freeze the shredded beef?

After the shredded beef cools, divide it into freezer-safe containers. The shredded beef will last for up to three months in the freezer, or longer if vacuum-sealed.

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slow cooker shredded beef

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef

5 stars average
Busy day? Save time with this simple and easy-to-make slow cooker shredded beef. Juicy and flavorful, you will love having this beef on hand all week long.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 8 hours
TOTAL: 8 hours 15 minutes
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Servings8

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Mix together all of the spices (cumin through chili flakes) in the base of the slow cooker and place beef roast on top. Rub spice blend evenly on all sides of the beef roast.
  • Scatter onion slices on the top of the roast along with diced tomatoes and beer.
  • Cook on Low for 8 hours. Shred with two forks before serving. Garnish with cilantro if you wish.

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Notes

Recipe can easily be doubled for larger roasts.
Shredded beef is delicious on its own or can be used throughout the week in fajitas, quesadillas, soups and more.

Nutrition

Serving: 4ouncesCalories: 347kcalCarbohydrates: 8.5gProtein: 48.4gFat: 11.4gSaturated Fat: 3.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7.5gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 629mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 2.7g
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11 responses to “Slow Cooker Shredded Beef”

  1. Gloria A. Avatar
    Gloria A.

    I made this recipe in my cast iron Dutch oven because I just couldn’t get myself together to put it in the crockpot for eight hours. I will let you know how it came out..

    1. Gloria Allen Avatar
      Gloria Allen

      This recipe came out delicious! The sauce was tasty and the meat was tender. I used my enamel cast-iron Dutch oven in a 350° oven for three hours. The pot roast shoulder that I used was 2.37 pounds. I checked it every hour to see how it was doing. I even basted it after an hour and a half. Delicious !

  2. Terri Avatar
    Terri

    This recipe is absolutely fantastic! Made it in the crockpot for tacos on card night and it was devoured! The sauce that comes together with it was a bonus. Can’t wait to make it using chicken!

  3. Toni Avatar
    Toni

    Looks like a new favorite meal in our house!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!!

  4. Alida | Simply Delicious Avatar
    Alida | Simply Delicious

    I LOVE this recipe and your photos are just too pretty.

  5. Liren | Kitchen Confidante Avatar
    Liren | Kitchen Confidante

    The slow cooker is a godsend when it comes to making shredded beef! Love how tender it gets with hardly any effort!

  6. Anna Hettick Avatar
    Anna Hettick

    I LOVE making shredded beef in the slow cooker! The best way to make it in my opinion!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I couldn’t agree more!

  7. Michelle Avatar
    Michelle

    What would be the poking time if you were using an instant pot

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m not sure – so sorry!