The best slow cooker Barbacoa Beef recipe with Omaha Steaks meat! This tender, flavorful beef sirloin is cooked low and slow and one of our top easy weeknight crockpot meals with the most delicious seasonings while you go about your day. Layer with all your favorite toppings for a crave-worthy dinner!
This barbacoa beef recipe post is a sponsored post in partnership with one of our favorite brands, Omaha Steaks, which ships meats, sides, and more right to your door! All thoughts and opinions are always 100% our own.
We’ve all been feeling a little overwhelmed these days. I’ve been juggling homeschooling, twin infants (we have 6 children in all), and work, and I’m sure you’re feeling the juggle of all the things as well. That’s why easy weeknight crockpot meals are the way to go.
The emphasis goes on easy weeknight crockpot meals. I’ve been working on several recipes that I can put in one pot, push a button, and walk away. And most important, my family needs to enjoy eating them. Mealtime is much more enjoyable if everyone is busy eating their food.
Plus, we’ve got Father’s Day on the horizon, and I wanted to perfect a meal that can feed a crowd (or a big family) and is perfect for keeping things festive as well. You guys, this barbacoa beef DOES NOT disappoint.
I love making delicious food for my family—we especially love desserts. Who doesn’t, right?
PS. The Omaha Steaks Cheesecake Sampler was drool-worthy and paired SO well with our taco night spread!
Recently, I’ve been experimenting with my new bread machine and our cast iron skillet. But honestly, I get overwhelmed like the next mom, and a couple of times a week I want a meal I can set and forget… until it’s time to eat!
I hope these Barbacoa Beef Tacos easy weeknight crockpot meals helps you get a little more time back in your day. Keep reading for the delicious details.
What is Barbacoa?
Barbacoa is an authentic Mexican dish that originated in the Arawak-speaking Caribbean with the Taíno people, from which the term “barbecue” derives. It’s usually made with beef, goat, or lamb.
Traditionally, it’s seasoned with dried chilies, lime juice, garlic, and spices like cumin. Barbacoa was low cooked traditionally in a Pozo (an in-ground pit or outdoor oven). Now, we can rock out this dish in a slow cooker.
Barbacoa has become a backyard favorite for potlucks and family gatherings. It’s an easy way to take a less expensive cut of meat and make it into something spectacular that will feed many.
Hey, this may be a great idea for Father’s Day. And if you don’t need to feed a family as large as mine you can easily half the provided ingredients list to make less. But taco bars are an easy way to please everyone in your household.
Benefits of Using a Crockpot
There are lots of benefits to owning a crockpot. I assume you already have one if you found me in a search, but if you are one of my regular readers you may not have one yet. I think everyone should have a crockpot. There are so many benefits to owning a slow cooker, whether crockpot or multi-cooker (like Instant-pot on slow cook setting).
Our mothers figured this out in the ’70s and ’80s as they left the home to go into the workplace. Now, with our busy lives, whether we work or not, time is a precious commodity.
Here are the top benefits of using a crockpot:
- Easy preparation by placing everything into one pot.
- Easy cleanup because you don’t use numerous pans.
- Having an easy-to-make meal eliminates the temptation to order take-out and saves you money and avoids a less healthy meal.
- The slow, low-temperature cooking in a crockpot is perfect for tenderizing meat (especially useful for less expensive meats).
- Slow cookers are great for summer cooking since they don’t radiate heat like an oven.
- On a similar note, a crockpot uses less electricity than an oven.
- A crockpot is a great way to blend and bring out the delicious flavors in soups and stews.
If you’ve never had a slow cooker and you are worried about running it while you are away from home during the day, you may want to try using it during alternative times. One of the cool things about a crockpot is that you don’t have to be involved. Using your slow cooker while you sleep is a great option if you’re worried.
Let the food cool and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to warm it back up.
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Omaha Steaks Easy Crockpot Meal: Barbacoa Beef Tacos
Ingredients for slow cooker Barbacoa Beef
- Beef – Well, hello captain obvious! An Omaha Steaks chuck roast is a great option that yields super tender results. I also love cooking with Omaha Steaks beef sirloin tips and had them in the freezer from a recent stock-up order (the way to do it, seriously, the best deals!). This turned out SO good!!
- Beef broth – It’s great to vegetable broth is a good substitute here if that’s what you have, or use a beef bullion in water.
- Garlic – I love to use fresh garlic in just about EVERY recipe, I don’t think you can use too much!
- Cumin and chili powder – I like to use chili powder instead of using whole chilis… I find that it results in a more mild flavor (my family doesn’t love the heat), AND it’s usually what I have on hand.
- Tomato paste – A can of tomato paste makes for a great “paste” for the sauce, it thickens it up and adds delicious depth.
- Salt and pepper – Season the meat with a fair amount of each, as a rub, to help tenderize and keep the flavor vibrant.
- Fresh lime juice – Whenever I eat tacos, nachos, guacamole (or pretty much anything with a slightly Mexican flair) I’m all about the lime! Some barbacoa beef recipes call for vinegar, but nothing compares to that fresh lime (plus, it’s fun to pick a fresh lime from our trees!).
How to make tender, slow cooker Barbacoa Beef:
- Make barbacoa sauce: Whisk together beef broth with tomato paste, garlic, and spices.
- Add beef and mixtures to slow cooker: Rub salt and pepper into the beef, place in slow crockpot and pour mixture over beef.
- Cook in slow cooker for that tender, low and slow cook: I recommend cooking on low for 8 hours, though if you really don’t have time, cooking on high for four hours works as well.
- Slice or Shred beef: Remove beef from slow cooker (leave broth) and shred with two forks or cut into small, bite-size pieces.
- Add lime and let rest to soak flavors: Cover beef with slow cooker sauce and cover with fresh lime juice.
- 2 lb Omaha Steaks beef sirloin tips
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 white onion diced
- 1 cup beef broth
- 4 oz tomato paste
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 4 tsp mild chili powder
- juice of one fresh lime
- fresh cilantro
- Lay onions in a 6-Quart Slow Cooker or Instant Pot (with slow cook function)
- Rub salt and pepper into beef and lay beef over onions.
- Combine the beef broth, tomato paste, and seasonings (except for lime juice) in a measuring cup.
- Pour broth mixture over sirloin and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours (the lower and slower, the more tender!).
- Once beef is cooked, cut or shred, then return to slow cooker and stir in lime juice.
- To serve beef, top with fresh chopped cilantro and serve alongside toppings of your choice. Reserve broth mixture as a sauce to top tacos, if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g
Let’s Get Slow Cooking
Now wasn’t that easy?
And it is so good.
When you’re trying to manage your little ones, house chores, and work it can become too much. Easy weeknight crockpot meals can be a saving grace for any person. It truly is the way to go for busy families.
I think using a crockpot can make your life easier too, so I’ll be adding more easy weeknight crockpot meals in the near future. Keep an eye out for my chicken taco recipe and all my tips for making a delicious taco party platter.
Have you tried Omaha Steaks before? Let me know in a comment below!