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Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos with Pico de Gallo

Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos with Pico de Gallo

Use your crock pot for perfectly tender beef in this easy taco recipe. The quick fresh pico de gallo adds crunch, flavor and color, but your favorite fresh salsa will make a great taco topper in a pinch.


16 tortillas, 2 2/3 cups beef & 3/4 cup salsa

Prep Time

45 minutes

Total Time

4 3/4 to 8 3/4 hours



  • 3tablespoons chili powder
  • 1tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/4teaspoon salt
  • 1/2teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3pounds beef chuck, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1large onion, halved and sliced
  • 1cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 3tablespoons tomato paste
  • 16corn tortillas
  • Lime wedges for serving

Pico de Gallo

  • 3/4cup diced tomato (about 1 medium)
  • 1/2cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4cup finely diced red onion
  • 1jalapeño pepper, seeded if desired, finely diced
  • 1tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4teaspoon salt


  1. To prepare beef: Combine chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, cayenne and garlic powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle beef with 2 tablespoons of the mixture.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides, 5 to 6 minutes total.
  3. Place onion in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add the beef. Whisk broth, tomato paste and the remaining spice mixture together and pour over the beef.
  4. Cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours. Shred the beef with 2 forks and stir back into the liquid.
  5. To prepare pico de gallo: Combine tomato, cilantro, red onion, jalapeño, lime juice and salt in a medium bowl.
  6. Serve the beef with tortillas, the pico de gallo and lime wedges.


To make ahead: Prepare beef (Steps 1-4) and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 16 tortillas, 2 2/3 cups beef & 3/4 cup salsa)

Calories 521.04kcal
Carbohydrate Total 28.09g
Total Sugars 2.99g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 5.52g
Total Fat 16.53g
Saturated Fat 5.37g
Mono Saturated Fat 7.21g
Cholesterol 4.33mg
Sodium 409.4mg
Protein 63.61g
Potassium 800.18mg
Calcium 103.46mg
Chromium 4.11mcg
Folate 34.02mcg
Iron 6.93mg
Magnesium 87.77mg
Omega-6 2g
Trans Fatty Acid 0.04g
Vitamin A 1269.88IU
Vitamin D 8.5IU
Vitamin B12 1.41mcg
Vitamin C 8.12mg
Vitamin E 4mg
Zinc 15.08mg
Phosphorus 549.61mg
Vitamin B3 8.7mg

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