Crock Pot Shredded Beef Burritos

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This recipe for Crock Pot Shredded Beef Burritos has slow-cooked chuck roast simmered with Rotel tomatoes, green chilies, and onions for melt-in-your-mouth beef ready to be made into a burrito with your favorite toppings. Just like my favorite taco stand in Cali (without the ocean, anyway!)

I lived in San Diego for a short while years ago. One of the things I loved the most was the little taco stands. To this day when we visit, it’s our very first stop, Roberto’s (now known as Mr. Ruribertos Mexican Food)in Mission Beach. It doesn’t matter what time of the day our flight lands, we stop there first. (Thank goodness they are open 24 hours a day!)
My favorite thing has always been the shredded beef burritos. They have so much flavor and I am tickled that I have mastered the art of making them at home!

Crock Pot Shredded Beef Burritos

It doesn’t get any easier than dumping everything into the crockpot, setting it, and forgetting it. The crockpot works its magic simmering the beef along with the chili-infused tomatoes so it is melt-in-your-mouth tender and super tasty. 


Roast Beef Burritos

An easy recipe for a busy weeknight meal, a potluck create your own burrito buffet, or whenever you need a meal that doesn’t involve much prep. If you want to get the beef ready a few days before you want to serve it, go ahead and meal prep the beef during your meal prep session and it’ll be ready and waiting for you for up to 3 days. 

If you love shredded beef burritos you are sure to love these recipes too: Breakfast BurritosSlow Cooker Smothered Burritos, and this Chipotle Burrito Bowl.  

Slow Cooker Burrito Beef

If you haven’t used your crockpot now’s the time to dust it off and make this slow cooker burrito beef. It is one of the easiest recipes you’ll make and is very versatile. Feel free to use the tender beef in different ways and assemble burritos with your favorite Mexican-inspired toppings or turn the beef into tacos or enchiladas.

I prefer my shredded beef burrito without other toppings, but my family chooses between any of these: shredded lettuce, cheese, sour cream, guacamole.

Ingredients for Crock Pot Shredded Beef Burritos

For complete ingredients and instructions on making these amazing burritos scroll to the bottom of this post for the full printable recipe. 

  • Beef chuck roast – This beef roast has a nice amount of fat which contributes to the tenderness and flavor of the meat when it’s cooked slowly.
  • Rotel tomatoes  – Choose whichever heat level you are comfortable with. Do not drain the tomatoes. 
  • Diced green chilies – Fresh or canned will both work. Do not drain the green chiles. 
  • Onion – Use a large onion, sliced. White or yellow will both work.
  • Beef bouillon – Powdered beef bouillon adds flavor. 
  • Flour tortillas – Use flour tortillas to make burritos or use corn tortillas, whichever you prefer.
  • Toppings of choice – Top with cheddar cheese, green onions, cilantro, sour cream, pico de gallo, pickled red onions, or any of your favorite burrito toppings. 

How to make slow cooked shredded beef burritos. 

These easy shredded beef burritos come together in one simple step with just a few simple ingredients. 

Dump everything in the crockpot and cook on high for 5 hours or until the meat is falling apart. (Or on low all day long)

Shred the meat and put it back in the crock pot until ready to eat. 

Steam the tortillas so they are easier to wrap and place the meat inside and wrap burrito style. Serve with your toppings of choice or as is. 

Leftover beef will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Frozen, in a freezer bag, it will keep for 3 months. It is best to store the meat on its own and not freeze the assembled burrito as it may get soggy. The tortillas themselves can also be frozen separately. 

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If you love this slow cooker Mexican shredded beef make sure that you don’t lose it! Pin it to your favorite Pinterest recipe board before you go!

FAQs about this slow cooker burrito filling

  • What cut of beef is good for burritos? Beef chuck roast is good for burritos as is flank steak. 

  • What kind of beef is best for shredding? Chuck roast is perfect for shredding. 

  • How do you keep shredded beef from drying out? Slow cooking helps reduce the risk of the beef drying out. 


Remember that when it comes to making substitutions in recipes, you don’t need to be afraid to get creative and use ingredients that suit your personal taste and dietary preferences. Make it your own!

  • This beef is excellent for beef tacos and for beef enchiladas too.

  • If you aren’t up for beef, substitute with chicken or turkey. 

  • Make burrito bowls and serve the shredded beef over Mexican Red Rice, Cilantro Lime Rice or cauliflower rice instead of inside a tortilla.

  • Pile the beef on top of corn chips and make a plate of loaded nachos. 

  • Instead of Rotel tomatoes, you can use tomato sauce but make sure to add some seasoning for more flavor. 

Tips & Tricks

  • Serve this slow cooker Mexican shredded beef with a side of refried beans or black beans for a traditional Mexican meal. 

  • Switch up the flavor and stir in chili powder or cumin or use enchilada sauce instead of the Rotel tomatoes. 

  • Give the beef burrito a little squeeze of lime juice for a more authentic Mexican flavor. 

  • Make sure to steam or warm the tortillas as warm flour tortillas are easier to work with.

  • To cut down on the cooking time, prepare this Mexican beef recipe in the instant pot.  

Slow cooker cilantro lime pork over rice on a white plate.

More Recipes to Love Next Time

Mexican Food is my favorite! I have loads of Mexican recipes for you to enjoy, whether you are celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday, or just any ‘ol day! Some of my favorites are my Copy Cat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Recipe, my Mexican Bean Dip and Mexican Layered Bean Dip, and my Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Pork (pictured above).




So, the only thing that’s missing from this burrito is the atmosphere of Mission Beach, especially the ocean!
Ah…. Roberto’s at  Mission Beach, I will see you soon. But until then I will feed my cravings with these.


If you love Mexican food, you are going to love this simple recipe for slow cooker beef burritos, delicious shredded beef stuffed into a warm tortilla makes for a quick and easy dinner. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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Crock Pot Shredded Beef Burritos

This recipe for Crock Pot Shredded Beef Burritos has slow-cooked chuck roast simmered with Rotel tomatoes, green chilies, and onions for melt-in-your-mouth beef ready to be made into a burrito with your favorite toppings. Just like my favorite taco stand in Southern California!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours
Course: Crock Pot
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: burritos, chuck roast, Crock Pot Shredded Beef Burritos, shredded beef, slow cooker
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 511kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel



  • 4 pound beef chuck roast
  • 1 10 ounce can Rotel tomatoes any "heat" you choose
  • 1 4 ounce can diced green chilies
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons beef bouillon granuals
  • 8 flour tortillas burrito sized
  • toppings of choice


  • Place the roast into your crock pot. Dump the Rotel, bouillon ,onions, and green chiles over the top.
  • Cover and cook on high for 5 hours, or on low for 8 hours. Until the meat falls apart and shreds.
  • Steam tortillas. Place meat inside and wrap burrito style.
  • Serve with topping of choice, or as is!


Do not drain the Rotel or the chilies before you place them in the crock pot. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 823mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 6mg

This recipe was originally posted on September 1, 2011. It has been updated to improve user experience and reshared on March 29, 2024. 

Crockpot shredded beef burritos


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  1. As much as I LOVE Mexican food, I have never had shredded beef burritos before! This sounds DELICIOUS! I will have to try it because I DO love my crock pot!

  2. Tacos 24 hours a day? Now that’s awesome. I was expecting this have a lot of steps but this is quick and easy. Love it!

  3. 5 stars
    Your mouth-watering photos enticed me to try your burrito recipe and they were a hit with my whole family. Definitely a keeper!

  4. 5 stars
    These are so good! The seasoning is perfect, and the texture of the shredded beef is fantastic. I’ll be making these again.

  5. 5 stars
    Love this Crock Pot Shredded Beef Burritos recipe, soo delicious and flavorful. We love burritos and will make them soon for dinner. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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