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Shredded Beef Tacos {So Tender!}

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These Shredded Beef Tacos are so tender and delicious! Make them in the slow cooker, Instant Pot or on the stove for an easy weeknight meal.

Five shredded beef tacos, each with an assortment of toppings on top.

Ingredients and substitutions

  • Olive oil – or any neutral cooking oil such as avocado oil.
  • Chuck roast – cut up some brisket, rump roast, round roast or flank steak if you can’t find any chuck roast.
  • Yellow onion – white or red onion can also be used.
  • Garlic – freshly minced garlic is best but jarred minced garlic will work in a pinch.
  • Chipotles in adobo sauce – chipotle powder will work but has a slightly different flavour.
  • Taco seasoning – use a store-bought blend or make your own using chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Lime juice – use either fresh or bottled lime juice.
  • i am willow – coconut aminos or tamari are the best substitutes for soy sauce.
  • Salt & pepper – to taste.
  • Beef broth – vegetable broth would work but will have a slightly different flavour.
  • Corn tortillas – you can use flour tortillas or lettuce wraps instead.

Topping ideas

  • rooster’s beak – homemade or jarred salsa would also be good.
  • Guacamole – you could also use sliced fresh avocado.
  • Sliced jalapenos – if you don’t want a lot of spice, swap out for pickled jalapenos or diced bell peppers.
  • Diced red onions – diced white onions can be used instead.
  • Feta cheese – swap out for cotija cheese or another cheese of your choice like Monterey Jack.
  • Cilantro – leave this off if you’re not a fan of cilantro.
  • Lime wedges – leave these off if you don’t have any on hand.
Ingredients for shredded beef tacos: chipotles in adobo jalapeno, beef broth, cilantro, onion, lime, garlic, taco seasoning, lime juice, tamari, tortillas, chuck roast, guacamole and pico de gallo.

How to make shredded beef tacos

Step 1: Cut up the chuck roast.

Cut up the chuck roast into 1-inch pieces.

Step 2: Cook the beef in the crockpot, Instant Pot, or on the stove.

Add the olive oil, onion, beef, chipotles, garlic, taco seasoning, lime juice, soy sauce, salt and pepper and beef broth to the slow cooker or Instant Pot. If you are cooking the beef on the stove, you can brown it and saute the onions and garlic before adding in the other ingredients.

Step 3: Shred the beef.

Once the beef has finished cooking, use two forks to shred it.

Step 4: Prep your toppings.

Chop cilantro, slice jalapeno, and get your pico de gallo and guacamole ready.

Step 5: Add the beef to the tortillas.

Warm your corn tortillas in the microwave or on the stove, then top with the beef mixture.

Step 6: Assemble your tacos and dig in!

Add all your desired toppings to the tacos and enjoy!

Step-by-step instructions collage for making shredded beef tacos: cut yp beef into 1 inch cubes, put it in the slow cooker alongside other ingredients, shred cooked beef, assemble toppings, then assemble tacos.

What goes with beef tacos?

These tacos are so delicious, especially when you add on your favourite toppings! That being said, if you’re looking for side dish ideas, there are plenty of options.

Here are some ideas of what you can serve with these shredded beef tacos:

  • Refried beans
  • Mexican street corn
  • Coleslaw
  • Tortilla chips and salsa
  • Fried rice
  • Side salad
A close-up shot of a shredded beef taco with a variety of toppings on it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cut of beef is used for shredded beef tacos?

I like using chuck roast for my shredded beef tacos. The marbling gives you the best melt-in-your-mouth tenderness, which is exactly what you want when you’re making shredded beef! If you can’t find any chuck roast, you can also try using brisket, rump roast, round roast or even flank steak.

How do you season the meat?

I seasoned the beef for these tacos with onion and garlic, chipotles in adobo sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, beef broth, salt, pepper and taco seasoning. You can use a store-bought taco seasoning or make your own using a combination of chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt and pepper.

How many calories are in this recipe?

This recipe has 483 calories per serving. Each serving includes three corn tortillas and 1/6 of the shredded beef mixture. Keep in mind you’ll need to add on extra calories based on whatever toppings you add.

Is carne asada the same as shredded beef?

Carne asada is a shredded beef recipe, but these tacos are not carne asada tacos. Carne asada tacos are made with skirt steak and are typically sliced thinly instead of being shredded with a knife and fork like with this recipe.

Four shredded beef tacos with a cup of guacamole on the side.

Storing and reheating

You can’t store these tacos after they’ve been assembled, but you can store the shredded beef and toppings separately! They’re great for lunches or quick dinners throughout the week. Store everything in individual glass bowls or airtight containers for up to 5 days.

When you’re ready to enjoy your tacos, warm up the shredded beef in the microwave for a couple minutes or in a skillet on the stovetop. Then assemble your tacos with your favourite toppings and dig in!

Freezing the shredded beef

Freeze the shredded beef to use for future meals or future taco nights. Once the beef has completely cooled, transfer it to freezer-safe Ziploc bags or airtight containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Let it defrost in the fridge overnight then reheat as normal.

Meal prep containers filled with shredded beef, pico de gallo, guacamole, cilantro and lime wedges and jalapeno and red onion.
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Five shredded beef tacos, each with an assortment of toppings on top.

Shredded Beef Tacos {So Tender!}

These Shredded Beef Tacos are so tender and delicious! Make them in the slow cooker, Instant Pot or on the stove for an easy weeknight meal.

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Servings: 6 servings

Calories: 483kcal

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Instructions

Crockpot instructions

  • Add olive oil, onion, beef, chipotles, garlic, taco seasoning, lime juice, soy sauce, salt and pepper and beef broth to the crockpot, stirring to combine. Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours.

  • Shred beef with two forks, then serve over corn tortillas with desired toppings. Enjoy!

Instant Pot instructions

  • Add olive oil, onion, beef, chipotles, garlic, taco seasoning, lime juice, soy sauce, salt and pepper and beef broth to the Instant Pot in that order. Do not stir. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes, then let the Instant Pot do a natural release of the pressure.

  • Shred beef with two forks, then serve over corn tortillas with desired toppings. Enjoy!

Stovetop instructions

  • Add olive oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef, browning for 2-3 minutes. Add in onions and garlic, sauteeing another 2 minutes until softened and fragrant. Add beef broth, chipotles, taco seasoning, lime juice, soy sauce and salt and pepper, stirring to combine.

  • Cook over medium-low heat for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Shred beef with two forks, then serve over corn tortillas with desired toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional info is for 1/6 of the beef mixture and 3 corn tortillas. Toppings should be calculated separately.
For a lower-carb option, serve these shredded beef tacos with lettuce wraps.
Serve your tacos with a side of coleslaw, chips and salsa, refried beans or street corn.
Store the beef and toppings separately in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat the beef in the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop then assemble your fresh tacos.
Freeze the shredded beef for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight then reheat as normal.

Nutrition

Calories: 483kcal (24%)Carbohydrates: 39g (13%)Protein: 35g (70%)Fat: 22g (34%)Saturated Fat: 8g (50%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 104mg (35%)Sodium: 542mg (24%)Potassium: 713mg (20%)Fiber: 6g (25%)Sugar: 2g (2%)Vitamin A: 101IU (2%)Vitamin C: 3mg (4%)Calcium: 100mg (10%)Iron: 5mg (28%)

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