Shredded Beef Tacos

I often get requests for recipes that are good to serve to a crowd (maybe it’s all that cooking I’ve done for various church functions).  Two of my favorite recipes to recommend are ones I have featured here on the blog – Cafe Rio Pork and Costa Vida Chicken.

They both make a lot and they can both be done in the crock-pot which makes things easy.  I have been searching for a 3rd recipe to round off this group – a beef taco recipe that could also be done in the crock-pot.  I thought it would be the perfect trio – the perfect taco bar.  Pork, chicken and beef!  I am not a big fan of ground beef in tacos so I wanted a shredded beef recipe.

Well this week I finally tried a recipe that has been in my “To Try” folder for months and thanks to Pimp My Dinner  I found a great beef taco recipe that is done in the crock-pot.

This recipe actually has you cook the beef all night and then pop it in the refrigerator in the morning and reheat before serving that evening.  The nice thing about this is that all the fat rises to the top and turns white and hard and is easy to remove.  You could probably just do the whole thing during the day – you just wouldn’t be able to remove the fat that way.

So next time you have to feed a crowd or just your family give this beef taco recipe a try.  If you really have a lot of people have a taco bar – complete with shredded beef (wish I had a fancier name for it), Cafe Rio Pork and Costa Vida Chicken!

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Shredded Beef Tacos
Recipe type: Main Dish
  • 5 lb. roast (cross rib or sirloin tip)
  • 2 medium yellow onions, Sliced
  • 1 (4oz.) can chopped green chilies
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • Juices from roast
  1. Place roast in crock-pot the evening before your meal
  2. Put onions on meat
  3. Cover and set on medium and cook all night. (My crock-pot doesn't have a medium - it's old, a wedding gift, so I put it on low)
  4. Remove roast the next morning
  5. Put meat and juices in the fridge
  6. The inside of my crock-pot is removable so I just put it in the refrigerator leaving the meat and juices inside
  7. Before dinner remove the fat and shred the meat and put back into the crock pot with juices and all other remaining ingredients, stirring occasionally over low heat


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Cherilyn says

    How funny is this Leigh Anne? I got on here this morning to get the recipe for Cafe Rio Pork and it is in your post today! Guess it was meant to be! Thanks!

    PS ~ I tried the apple pie recipe the other night and it was fabulous. A big thumbs up from my family.

  2. Tamara Reber says

    Thanks, Leigh Anne. This is definitely going in my “to try: recipes. You keep us motivated all the time to reach out of our “comfort zones.” THANKS!

  3. says

    Cherilyn »

    Guess what I made for dinner last night? Your lemon chicken recipe!!! It was yummy. I especially liked that I could do it in the crockpot!! Keep sharing those recipes with me girl!!

    • says

      With something like this that is always a hard question to answer. It depends on how big of an appetite people have, how much other food you are having. If you have a lot of other “filler” for the tacos/burritos you need less. But I would say that 5 lbs. of meet should feed 15 or so people if there is plenty else to put on it also.

  4. Kacie says

    Just found your website and I’m excited to try this out!
    This may be a silly question.. but do you put anything else in the crockpot besides the meat and onions? Water or anything? I’m always afraid of burning my house down when I don’t cook something right! :)

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