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Barbacoa Enchiladas

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 4 hr 0 min
  • Servings 8
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Cheesy, beefy and almost completely hands-off, these barbacoa enchiladas are a tasty solution to dinner that everyone in your family will love. We’ve given barbacoa beef a quick and tasty weeknight-prep by cooking it in the slow cooker, so you barely have to lift a finger!
by: Bev Cooks
Updated May 24, 2022
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  • 1 1/2 lb beef roast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons from 1 packet (1 oz) Old El Paso™ Hot & Spicy Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1 can (4 oz) Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1 to 2 cups water or stock
  • 1 package (11 oz) Old El Paso™ Flour Tortillas for Burritos (8 Count)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (19 oz) Old El Paso™ Mild Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 5 cilantro sprigs, for garnish
  • 1 small plum tomato, chopped for garnish


  • 1
    Place the beef roast, taco seasoning, chiles and about a cup of water in a large pot. Cook on medium-low for about 3 hours. Keep turning the meat every 30 minutes or so and checking to see if it needs more liquid. Add more if needed.
  • 2
    Remove the beef from the pot and shred with two forks. Place back into the pot and keep on low until you're ready to assemble the enchiladas.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish, spreading it evenly across the bottom of the dish. Evenly divide the beef among the 8 tortillas. Sprinkle with the diced bell pepper. Roll each enchilada up and place in the dish, seam-side down. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the enchiladas. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • 4
    Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese is browned and bubbly. Garnish with chopped tomatoes and cilantro before serving.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    To save even more time on weeknights, make the slow-cooked beef over the weekend and store in an air-tight container in your refrigerator until you’re ready to make your enchiladas.
  • tip 2
    Want to turn down the spice? Substitute the Old El Paso™ hot and spicy taco seasoning mix for original taco seasoning mix.

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More About This Recipe

  • Traditionally for beef to be cooked barbacoa-style means it’s slow-roasted over an open fire or fire pit. We’ve taken that slow-roast concept by cooking the beef for these barbacoa enchiladas in the slow cooker. The gradual cooking method gently breaks down the muscle fibers of the beef, resulting in shred-able, tender meat.
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