Mexican Shredded Beef

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Mexican shredded beef

This Mexican shredded beef freezer meal is the perfect mix of sweet and spice! Its the best of all the Mexican flavors mixed together in a slow cooker that cooks for you all day long.

Cooking this Mexican shredded beef in the crockpot all day gives it a perfect juicy texture that falls apart and melts in your mouth.

You will love this beef dump freezer meal and the best part is that it will take you minutes to prep!

Easy healthy and tasty freezer meals are an amazing time saver! Prepping quick freezer meals will give you back time you didn’t know you were missing.

As a fellow mom of three kids I get how hard getting through a day can be, and sometimes topping off the day with the pressure of making dinner is just too much.

Having a couple freezer meals stocked up ready to go has been a regular life savor for me. Its amazing!

This Mexican beef can be spicy or just have a little heat depending on the salsa heat level you choose. We use medium for this recipe.

This is the best shredded beef freezer meal recipe around!

Why you will love this Mexican shredded beef recipe. 

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
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What do you call Mexican shredded beef?

Mexican shredded beef is authentically known as Machaca. Machaca authentic Mexican shredded beef recipes is what inspired this Mexican shredded beef. Trying to make it accessible to what is in the average persons pantry from spices to ingredients. 
So if you were wondering whats the Mexican shredded beef name, now you know! Enjoy this Machaca inspired recipe!

Ingredients you will need for this slow cooker shredded beef recipe. 

  • beef chuck roast
  • yellow onion
  • salsa (heat of preference)
  • diced green chiles
  • diced tomatoes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cumin
  • garlic
  • onion powder
  • smoked paprika
  • oregano

Is Mexican shredded beef spicy?

This recipe is as spicy or mild as you prefer. If you like a mild (no spice) dinner then omit half or all of the green chiles and use a mild salsa. If you like lots of spicy (not overwhelming) then try using a mild salsa and keep the green chiles as is.
We love a little kick and use a mild salsa with the green chiles and our kids love it. They are 8 and under and do not like things that are overly spicy. 

How do you shredded mexican beef?

SUPER EASY! If the mean has been cooked low and slow as directed it will easily shred apart with two forks when you try shredding the beef. Super fast and easy. If the beef is tough and doesn’t shred that means it needs a bit more time in the slow cooker or instant pot.
I would recommend giving it another half hour in the slow cooker just to get it tender and juicy. 

How to make this mexican shredded beef recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!


What kind of meat can I use?

So what kind of beef is best for shredding? I love to use chuck roast because of its affordability and accessibility. Chuck roast is also known, and sometimes labeled as, shoulder roast. If you cannot find chuck roast you can also use chuck eye roast, arm chuck roast or brisket as well for a tender meat shredding easily when cooked low and slow. 
This quick shredded beef is great for shredded beef tacos, shredded beef bowls or even shredded beef quesadillas! If you can think it you can make it! Get creative and have fun. 

What to serve with this mexican shredded beef  recipe?

Serve with any of your favorite Mexican sides. I love serving with chips and salsa or guac and a fresh slaw or some Mexican street corn! 

How to store this Mexican shredded beef recipe?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.
Other great recipes you can try making in the slow cooker is a slow cooker Mexican beef barbacoa. Find the recipe here. 

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make this Mexican shredded beef Recipe? 👇 

Mexican Beef Freezer Meal

This mexican beef freezer meal is a must try! The whole family will love this mexican shredded beef dinner plus it takes minutes to prep.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 456kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart


  • Slow Cooker or Crock Pot


  • 3 lbs beef chuck roast
  • 1/2 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 cup salsa heat of preference
  • 4.5 oz can diced green chilies
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 ts[ cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano


  • Step 1: Add all ingredients into slow cooker and stir.
  • Step 2: Cook on low 8-10 hours.
  • Step 3: Shred beef and stir back into sauce in slow cooker.
  • Step 4: Serve in tortillas, over rice, cauliflower rice or on top of chips!
  • Optional: Garnish with a lime wedge and your favorite taco toppings!

Freezer Directions:

  • Step 1: Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Step 2: Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Step 3: Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Step 1: Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Step 2: Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  • Step 3: Cook on low 8-10 hours.
  • Step 4: Shred beef and stir back into sauce in slow cooker.
  • Step 5: Serve in tortillas, over rice, cauliflower rice or on top of chips!
  • Optional: Garnish with a lime wedge and your favorite taco toppings!


  • May top with favorite taco toppings! (cheese, guacamole, salsa, etc…)
  • Make it pretty: Garnish with fresh cilantro and a lime wedge.

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

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Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

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Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

Enjoy the greatest Mexican beef tacos any night of the week with freezer meals!

Absolutely! Freeze in individual portions in a freezer bag, removing as much air as possible, and thaw when ready to eat. 

Lots of Mexican foods can be frozen. If you are freezing a recipe that calls for fresh veggies then freezing will change the texture, but any recipe that is being frozen and then cooked, even with veg, will freeze great and taste even better!

A serving size assumes 1 cup of shredded beef mix at 456 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. This shredded beef recipes is so great in the slow cook or instant pot with minor adjustments.

You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

Chuck roast is great for shredded beef recipes. Cooked low and slow it turns out tender and juicy taking on the flavor of whatever seasoning or sauce you add to the dish. 

Chuck roast is also amazing for stews or roasts. 

If your chuck roast is tough that means it needs more time to cook. This can also happen if you try to cook it too fast and too high. Chuck roast comes out amazing and best if cooked low and slow for 8-10 hours in the slow cooker. You can also cook it for 5-6 hours on high but any faster then that and it will likely turn out tough. 

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