Mexican Pot Roast Filling Recipe
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Mexican Pot Roast Filling Recipe

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My son's friends used to request this recipe when they came over...ten years later, they're still talking about it. The meat makes an excellent filling for tacos, burritos or enchiladas and freezes well.—Connie Dicavoli, Shawnee, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:9 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds)
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • Taco shells or flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • Chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce and shredded Mexican cheese blend

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup beef mixture (calculated without tacos and toppings) equals 224 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 247 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 25 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Cut roast in half; rub spice mixture over meat. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Top with chilies, onion and garlic. Pour broth over meat. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove meat from slow cooker; shred with two forks. Skim fat from cooking juices. Return meat to slow cooker; heat through. Using a slotted spoon, place 1/2 cup meat mixture on each taco shell. Top with tomatoes, lettuce and cheese. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Mexican Pot Roast for Tacos in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2011, p22

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Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"This is an excellent recipe and would make a good enchilada filling too -- perhaps extended with rice or beans.

My slow-cooker isn't slow, and my electric induction range maintains a very even low heat, so I cooked it on the stove, maintaining a liquid temperature around 180 degrees."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"This is my second time making it. I made it as instructed and it is very good in a flour tortilla with refried beans, sour cream, salsa, and cheese."

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2014

"This was good and everyone ate it. Not sure it will go into my rotation since it really wasn't that different than a regular ground beef taco. It was nice to set it up in the morning and just serve it in the evening, though."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"Loved this recipe. My husband is usually leery of new recipes, and he really enjoyed this. The meat was so tender and tasty. Will definitely make this again!"

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"This was really good. I made it without green chilies and used a whole can of beef broth. It took exactly 8 hours to cook."

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