Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
8 Hours 15 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup beef mixture)

Slow cooking tougher cuts of meat, such as beef brisket, gives you a meltingly tender texture. For tacos, serve the saucy barbacoa in tortillas with green and red onion, cilantro leaves, jalapeño slices, and fresh lime wedges.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 9 ingredients (through garlic) in a medium bowl, stirring well to combine. Rub mixture into brisket.

Step 2

Arrange tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker. Place the brisket on top of vegetables, and drizzle any remaining spice mixture over brisket and vegetables. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

Step 3

Remove the brisket from the slow cooker, and shred meat with 2 forks. Return brisket to cooker, and toss with the vegetables.

Ratings & Reviews

4 1/2 stars

November 13, 2017
Fantastic!  My first time cooking brisket.  I didn't serve as a base for tacos but more like a stew, along side mashed potatoes.  The meat came out so tender.  The whole family loved it.  It wasn't too spicy for us but I did remove the seeds from the jalapeno.  Next time I'll do a 2 pound brisket for more left overs.  YUM

October 03, 2016
You really shouldn't review and a recipe you haven't tried. It's fine to have your opinions, but your rating skews the validity of the numbers.

October 03, 2016
Reviewing a recipe you haven't actually tried isn't helpful for anyone. I read reviews to find out about the experiences of others, not about the opinions of others who didn't bother to try the recipe.

February 07, 2017

Get out the fire extinguisher!

March 05, 2016
This is delicious..........but spicy. Really, really spicy. I didn't even add the jalapeno pepper because I didn't have one! Perhaps I did something wrong?!

So yummy!

July 22, 2016
This is so good and so easy to make!!  We top our tacos with sour cream, a little lime juice, and avocado to help with the heat from the chipotle peppers and jalapeño. I've made this recipe a couple times now and it's definitely a winner!

Kinda Boring

August 27, 2016
I have a slow cooker barbacoa recipe I much prefer to this one. It uses guajillo and ancho chilis reconstituted in chicken broth plus chipotles as well as onion, garlic, cloves, Mexican oregano, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and fish sauce. This recipe strays pretty far from authentic barbacoa and sounds much too tame for us.