Shredded Beef Filling

Shredded beef is a great filling for tacos, burritos, and taquitos. This recipe cooks up easily in the slow cooker.

Shredded Beef Filling

Shredded Beef is one of our favorite fillings for all sorts for sandwiches as well as Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, and taquitos. It is delicious folded into enchiladas. It’s economical because beef chuck often goes on sale for less than $2 a pound.

It is also super easy to make because the crockpot (slow cooker) does most of the work.

I will often buy chuck roast or chuck steak on sale and cook several at one time. Once it’s fork tender, I shred it and package it for the freezer. Packed away in meal size packages, it makes for a quick supper.

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  1. Wendy Komindo says:

    I make bbq beef all the time in my crock pot but when I get ready to pull the beef apart I use my hand mixer. It takes seconds to do especially with a large batch.

  2. Finally made a roast last night that actually shredded….after being married 3 years! Every time I made roasts they are so tough! I found this post, threw a roast in the crockpot overnight, and this morning it was SO moist and tender! Thanks so much! 🙂 Now, I have 6 roasts in my freezer to cook up before our 1/4 cow comes in November! 🙂

  3. This recipe rocks! I just used it to turn two slightly freezer burned roasts into 4 meals worth of totally tasty meat. Thank you!

  4. Could I suggest, tossing it into a stand Mixer with paddle, instead of forks or tongs. A few minutes “mixing”, will save a great amount of time shredding…

    • You know, when I’ve tried that, I didn’t care for the texture. Some of the meat was a little too squashed. You don’t have that problem?

  5. mollie romero says:

    would be nice to list how many pounds are used for how many fajitas or how many X amound of lbs. serve approx. X amount of people

    • The yield is going to depend on the size of roast you use, whether it’s bone-in or boneless, how much fat, etc. One large, boneless, 4-5 pound roast should yield about 8 cups of filling. That’s just a guesstimate

  6. I must say how excited I am that you use chuck roast in so many ways besides traditional roast. We process our own cows for meat so we always have lots of roast BUT my family is not a big fan of roast, carrots and potatoes. I use chuck roast and slice it thinly for taco salad and for Mongolian beef. Both are big hits with my crew. But I don’t like making the same thing over and over. You have given me lots of ideas! Thank you 🙂 I will be a frequent visitor of your site for now on!!

  7. Is there a way to do this in a slow cooker? Does it need to be done differently aside from transferring?

    • Do you mean not browning it in the skillet? You can skip the browning, it just won’t have the same depth of flavor and texture.

      • No, I was just wondering if I could transfer it and cook in a slow cooker with no problems and if I would need to do anything different if I did. Thanks for the quick reply!

  8. Yeah, my wife just told me I need to work on my reading comprehension. haha oops! I need more coffee. Sorry about that!

  9. Just one question: how much does this make? 4 cups of shredded beef? 8 servings of enchilada filling? I’m trying to figure out how much I can do with it once I make it. Thanks!

    • It’s really going to depend on the fat content of the meat. Sometimes I have it where it cooks down quite a bit. I’d estimate about 6 to 8 cups of filling, usually enough for 2 pans of enchiladas.

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