Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Burritos

Can you believe there are only a few weeks of winter left? And that means only a few more weeks of low and slow Mondays. I may cry. My slow cooker and I have had some major bonding moments and I am scrambling to narrow down the dozens of recipes I still want to test out to only 4 more. That or I may just continue slow cooker Monday’s through the spring. One recipe I knew I had to make was this beef filling. First, Mexican food is one of my go-to’s. Second… no really, I just live Mexican.

Handsome however, does not.

Whenever we go out to eat, it’s never Mexican. Unless I can bribe a friend to suggesting it as the location. That’s the only way I ever get Mexican. Or if I make tacos, or Gringo enchiladas. We may need a relationship counselor. He suffers through it though when I make things like this at home. And by suffer, I let him because I was in heaven! The flavor of the beef is awesome and the prep work is really easy.  Add to that the delicious layers of guacamole, salsa, cheese, rice and beans. Oh sweet baby Jesus. This recipe will definitely be made again and again. Now I’m wondering how can I sneak four more Mexican slow cooker recipes into the round up.  (think he’ll notice?)…

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Burritos

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Burritos


  • 2 onions, minced
  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 3 tbs canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tbs ground cumin
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 teas brown sugar
  • 1/2 teas liquid smoke
  • 3 lbs boneless beef chUck, trimmed and halved
  • Salt and pepper


In a heat proof bowl, combine the onion with the ingredients through the cumin and microwave until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir the tomato sauce, sugar, and liquid smoke into the slow cooker with the onion mixture.

Season the beef with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in slow cooker and spoon sauce over top. Cover and cook on low for 9 to 11 hours.

Transfer the beef to a bowl and discard any excess fat. Shred the beef with two forks.

Skim any fat from the surface of the liquid remaining in the slow cooker. Ladle 1 cup, or more if needed, into the shredded beef to moisten and add flavor.

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  1. Tanya C says

    I do not know why he doesn’t like Mexican! How can he not like it? We eat it here all the time, one of our favorite things to eat at home and out! This recipe sounds wonderful, and something my family would love.

  2. says

    These look AMAZING. It reminds me a little of a slow cooker taco filling my mom used to make, though this recipe sounds way more flavourful… which, obviously, is a huge selling point for me! :)
    Seriously, I am all over this like a fat kid on a burrito… I might even stop by the store to pick up some beef chuck on the way home.

  3. says

    Awwww YAHHHH! I’m digging these in a big way! I think I’m starting to bond with your slow cooker as well! Like Isabelle, I’m definitely considering where I can find some beef chuck!

  4. says

    Here in SF area, I am afraid spring has come! I hope we won’t get cold weather back again after all the cherry blossoms and flowers are blossoming. However, I can eat slow cooked food any time! After all it gets chilly at night and I’m turning my heater on under the desk too right now. 😀 This chipotle beef burritos look so good. My cooking will be a lot easier when I buy a slow cooker (instead of using a pot to cook for a long time). You have so many amazing slow cooker recipes, Kita!

    • Kita says

      No, you don’t need it. I finally broke down and ordered a large container from Amazon though, because I couldn’t find it in my local markets. It will last forever and was worth the $10 if you are still wanting to try it.


  1. […] Thursday:  Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Burritos    My boys insist on having Mexican at least once a week, and I love that this uses the slow cooker.  Seriously the yummiest burritos ever!! […]

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