This extremely tender and deliciously seasoned Shredded Mexican Beef can be used in a variety of Mexican-inspired dishes. It is super versatile and so easy to make!
Try it in our Shredded Beef Enchiladas, tacos, burritos, and more!
You may have figured out by now that we kinda like Mexican food around here. For me it is the ultimate comfort food, but it goes a little deeper than that.
Way back in time, when it was just Paul and I, back before we had kids, a mortgage, college loans, and dependable cars, we almost always chose Mexican when we ate out. As a matter of fact, my marriage proposal took place in a Mexican restaurant (fancy!).
It was 1983, a time of big hair, big shoulder pads and countless other horrible fashion choices (what were we thinking ladies???). It was my 21st birthday and we were out for a casual dinner by ourselves. I had no idea it was coming until the moment the waiter set my salad plate down in front of me and I saw the small, square box sitting on the plate.
I was in complete shock. My mind raced with all kinds of questions. When had he arranged this? When he went to the restroom was he actually in cahoots with the waiter? Has he gone crazy? Was it the margarita that made him do it? Is everyone in this whole place staring at me right now?
The waiter (and Paul) waited in anticipation of my answer but I was frozen in the moment.
And, then I got up and ran out of there and kept on runnin’.
Okay, that didn’t happen…
Of course we know what my answer was that night and I’m happy to say that 32 years and 4 kids later we are still eating Mexican food together. Thankfully, the shoulder pads are long gone and the hair has reduced in size, but he still looks at me exactly the way he did that day. Every day.
And, I believe I may be the luckiest person in this world.
This is one of many Mexican recipes on regular rotation at our house. I absolutely love this cooking method that transforms a very inexpensive cut of meat into delicious, super versatile Shredded Mexican Beef that can be used for a variety of purposes. It also happens to be incredibly easy to make.
This is what you’ll have after about 4 or 5 hours in the oven. See all that liquid? That’s good stuff. The beef will just fall apart and shred very easily with a fork into the luscious sauce that is created as it cooks.
This Shredded Mexican Beef makes the perfect base for a variety of dishes like the tacos I did here. I’ve used it for everything from enchiladas, to burrito bowls, to nachos with a fabulous result every single time.
Muy delicioso! Make it for your new love, or your old love, your family and your friends.
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This post was originally published on October 23, 2011. It is being republished today with new images and a super cool video (see recipe card) that you should totally watch!
Shredded Mexican Beef
- 2 ¾ to 3 pound boneless beef chuck roast
- 7 ounce can diced green chiles, (don’t drain)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Trim any excess fat from the edges of the roast. Place roast on a sheet of heavy duty foil large enough to enclose the meat. In a small bowl, combine the green chiles (with liquid), garlic, chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. Mix well and spread out evenly over both sides of the meat. Enclose the meat in the foil and then wrap the foil package in a second sheet of foil to ensure the cooking liquid will not leak out during the cooking time. Place in a large baking or roasting pan.
- Bake for 4 ½ to 5 hours, or until the roast just falls apart with a fork. Remove from oven, open the foil package and shred the meat. Carefully remove foil from pan and transfer the meat and cooking liquid into the pan.
- Use in a variety of Mexican-inspired dishes like tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, enchiladas, and nachos.
Slow Cooker Method
- After wrapping the roast in foil, transfer to the crock pot. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Remove foil and shred meat into the cooking sauce in the slow cooker. Serve.
- This beef is fantastic when reheated with the sauce it makes while cooking. If you want to really save time, make a day or two in advance, cover the pan with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate till needed. Reheat in microwave and serve.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated using generic ingredients, and is an estimate not a guarantee. For more accurate results, please refer to the labels on your ingredients at home.
Adapted from Allrecipes
Questions and Reviews
Made this yesterday and it’s to die for. Better than any of our local Mexican Restaurant’s. Used it in Enchiladas and Nachos, WOW!
Fantastic! Thanks so much for your comment, Robert. 🙂
I made this recipe as a test for a party, and it was delicious. I plan on making about 15 pound’s, how long will it take to cook. I was thinking of making about 5 separate foil packs with about 3 pounds of meet in each one. Will it still cook in 5 hours, or should i cook in longer.
Hi Athena. I think you should assume it could take a bit longer if your oven is very full. Keep in mind that you could also do one or more in your slow cooker too. See the recipe card for the details.
Easy, tasty, my husband and I had enough for several meals. Loved it and will make again
Fantastic! So glad you loved it, Terri. You can always freeze some of those leftovers too.
Can I use crockpot
Yes! See the recipe card for the slow cooker instructions.
Looks delicious, I’m doing a taco bar for my husbands 60th, and plan on making this ahead of time. Does it freeze well?
Hi Athena. I’ve never tried it but I’m sure it would freeze well. Be sure to include the nice juices that accumulate as it cooks. Hope you love it!
I’d like to skip the aluminum foil and put it directly into the Crockpot. Other than ease of clean-up, is the aluminum foil wrap necessary if using a slow cooker?
Hi Jeannette. I’ve not tried it without the foil but think it would work just fine if you want to skip it.
Great recipe loved it. My Husband wants this every week!
This is really good! Hubby from Guadalajara approves. I do add a few extra chilis though.
Excellent recipe! The beef was amazing. Any suggestions on what I could us in place of the green chiles so it is not spicy?
Hi Michelle. Canned mild diced green chiles have no heat whatsoever and just add great flavor. The recipe made as written is not spicy at all.
Can a pork roast be substituted for beef?
I really enjoy this shredded beef recipe. It’s just as good as my local Taquerias. I add bay leaves sliced onion and fresh jalapeños to the top and bottom of the roast and then wrap with foil. I now also do this with other cuts of meat. I am so happy I found this recipe.
These are great tips, Rachelle. Thanks so much!
This Mexican shredded beef recipe is a keeper! I made it for the first time yesterday, following the recipe exactly, and used it for soft taco filling. My husband and I both loved it. It definitely will be my go-to recipe from now on when I need shredded beef for Mexican-style dishes.
So glad you loved it!
Loved this…made it. Then decided to make shredded beef slow cooker enchiladas… This recipe made the meal one that seconds were enjoyed.😀
This beef is excellent in enchiladas. It’s on my menu this week! Thanks for your comment, Suzie. 🙂
I must say that my entire family enjoyed the shredded Mexican meat. It was so tender and tasty. Easy recipe and a few ingredients that were not a mile long.