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Quick and Easy Keto Barbacoa Beef Slow Cooker Recipe

Enjoy a delicious and hearty meal with this keto barbacoa beef recipe. Made with flavorful beef, spices, and fresh herbs, this dish is slow cooked to perfection, resulting in a tender and juicy beef that is perfect for any keto diet.

Not only is it perfect for a low-carb meal on its own, but it can also be used as a filling for salads or wrapped in a low-carb tortilla for a tasty and convenient lunch or dinner. This is such a great option because of how flexible it is for options! If you're short on time but still want to enjoy the delicious taste of barbacoa beef, you can use store-bought spice pouches. While they certainly won't have the same depth of flavor as making your own spice blend, most store-bought barbacoa spice pouches aren't too bad for carbs and make for a quick and easy meal. Simply add the spices to your slow cooker with the beef and broth, and you'll have a delicious and satisfying meal in no time!


  • 2 lbs boneless beef roast (chuck or brisket)

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1 tbsp chili powder

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tbsp lime juice

  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional, for garnish)


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until it is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.

  2. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and cloves to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until fragrant.

  3. Transfer the contents of the skillet to the slow cooker.

  4. Add the beef broth, apple cider vinegar, and lime juice to the slow cooker and stir to combine.

  5. Add the beef roast to the slow cooker, making sure it is submerged in the sauce.

  6. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours, or until the beef is tender and falling apart.

  7. Remove the beef from the slow cooker and shred it using two forks.

  8. Stir the shredded beef back into the sauce in the slow cooker.

  9. Serve the barbacoa beef hot, garnished with fresh cilantro, if desired.

This keto barbacoa beef recipe is a delicious and satisfying meal that is perfect for any night of the week. The slow cooking method results in a tender and juicy beef that is infused with bold spices and flavors. Serve this dish with a side of sautéed greens or a simple salad for a complete, low-carb meal. We hope you enjoy!


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