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Barbacoa Tacos

Fall Apart Tender Barbacoa Tacos

Wake up to the most amazing breakfast ever! Barbacoa cooked overnight in your crockpot will produce the most amazing fall apart tender meat and consome broth for the perfect weekend treat!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people


  • slow cooker or crockpot


  • 2.5 lbs Beef Cheek Meat
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • onion diced, for garnish
  • cilantro for garnish
  • chili peppers optional, for garnish
  • 12 flour or corn tortillas to serve (for 6 people, or allow 2 tortillas per person or adjust as necessary)
  • 1 lime squeeze lime over the cooked meat for the perfect finishing touch!


  • Remove the beef cheek meat from the package and rinse under water. Add the beef check meat to your crockpot and season with salt and pepper.
    beef cheek meat in a crock pot
  • Set the crockpot on low, and cook for at least 8 hrs.
  • Remove the meat, add to tortillas and serve with garnishes. Enjoy!
    Barbacoa Tacos


The meat is very fatty so just pick through and get rid of the fatty parts once cooked.  The meat should be fall apart tender!  The broth that results is also so flavorful!  Be sure to try the broth.  
Enjoy this as a special treat at the weekend, or anytime!  Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner!  You can also add a squeeze of lime juice if you like for the perfect finishing touch!
Keyword barbacoa, beef cheek meat