Easy Slow Cooker Chili Lime Mexican Shredded Beef takes mere minutes to prepare before letting the slow cooker do all of the work! This super simple meal is ridiculously tasty and so versatile. Serve it up plain, or enjoy it in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and more!
Easy slow cooker recipes are always a favorite. You can throw it in the crockpot in the morning and then spend the next 8 hours deciding what you’ll have with it for dinner. Leftovers? Guess you’re already set for a completely different dinner tomorrow night. This shredded beef is great plain, on tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas…well, you get the point. It’s great on absolutely everything. We love how this recipe uses whole, real ingredients. Well, calling soda a whole, real ingredient is walking a thin line. However, we love the way soda flavors and tenderizes beef. It’s really amazing what it can do. The sugar and carbonation break down that tough roast and produce a tender, moist, and tasty shredded beef. It’s easy, and totally delicious.
We alway say that fresh is best, and we stand by that. However, in a recipe like this you could get away with bottled lime juice.
You can use either minced garlic, garlic granules or garlic powder. Sticking to garlic granules or garlic powder keeps the prep time super quick and easy. If you choose to use either granules or powder, you’ll need 1/2 teaspoon.
Searing Your Roast:
Searing your roast on the stovetop is completely optional, however we find that it gives it the shredded beef a bit more flavor. If you have the time to sear, we highly recommend it!
Why is there soda in Easy Slow Cooker Chili Lime Mexican Shredded Beef?
The sugar and carbonation in the soda break down the meat to produce the most tender, moist, and tasty shredded beef. It is absolutely needed in this recipe. However, you can feel free to use whichever lemon-lime soda you prefer: Sprite, 7-Up, generic brand, Sierra Mist, anything! We highly recommend you use a soda with regular sugar in it rather than diet. However, you could use diet soda in a pinch.
Storage and Reheating Instructions:
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in a skillet over medium-low heat until warmed through, or in a microwave in 30 second increments for a total of approximately 90 seconds.
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Hello there: I was very excited to get another slow cooker beef roast recipe..”Mississippi style” is good but I needed something else to boost my protein stats..I have a 2 pound chuck roast (there’s only 2 of us). I followed the directions exactly cutting all ingredients in half. My question is: do I cut the cook time in half as well? I understand low and slow is the way to go with the slow cooker, but I do not want to overcook it. I searched this online but all I found was to use a smaller size cooker (not an option right now) or use an oven-safe bowl inside the slow cooker. The bowl trick did not work out for me at all! Thanks for all you do and I hope you are doing well these days!
I can’t say just how excited I am to try this 🥰
I made this but had to make substitutions. I didn’t have pop so used soda steam carbonated water & each bottled lemon & lime and added sugar. My family loved it. Today I will do the same way but due it in theoven
I love to make this, but before serving, I put some olive oil in a pan, get it real hot, then crisp the shredded meat up. It’s a lot like a carnita!
It was okay. Not as good as I had hoped.
Can we substitute the soda with beef broth?
I’m making this delicious meat for the second time. My family raved about how tasty it was. Thank you for the delicious recipe!
So simple and so tasty! Prepared for a
busy school night and it was perfect layered in some soft tacos topped with spicy slaw and customized toppings for each family member. I did this for 4 hours in the oven in my Le Creuset and it was super moist and easily shredded. Adding to our rotation! Thank you!
OMG! I’m very jaded when it comes to crockpot shredded meat recipes and when I saw how few ingredients were involved with this, I just about turned it down . . . and I would have TOTALLY missed out on one of the BEST shredded meat recipes EVER!!! This 5 star rating is based on the recipe EXACTLY as written.
After ‘crocking’, I like to bulk up my shredded meat by frying it up afterwards with diced onions, jalapenos, black beans, green chilies, cilantro and lime. The beefy smell and flavor was so DELICIOUS in the crockpot that I decided NOT to add any spices while frying — but was concerned the beef flavor would be lost with all the other ingredients. Thankfully, I was wrong — the flavor was still INCREDIBLE and this is now my go to recipe for shredded beef.
Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!!