Chipotle Beef for Tacos

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Chipotle Beef on a blue plate.Chipotle Beef makes a wonderful base for weeknight tacos or burritos. It takes 2 1/2 to 3 hours to cook, but except for mixing the ingredients together, it is totally hands off.

Shredded beef on a blue plate topped with green onions.

Pop it in the oven on a Sunday afternoon, settle down to watch a football game, and it will be done when the game is over. You can either eat it that night for dinner or refrigerate it and reheat at the end of a long weekday for a quick and easy meal.


If served as tacos with tortillas and a bunch of fixings (cheese, lettuce, salsa, avocado, onion, sour cream ,etc) you can easily get 8 servings out of it. So for a family of four, you can get a bonus meal. Score!


Add 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for a moderate amount of heat, and 3 if you like it spicy. Occasionally chuck roast can be a little stubborn. If you pull it out of the oven at the end of the cooking time and it is still a little tough- keep cooking. It will eventually get fork tender. Have patience and you will be rewarded.

Chipotle Beef for tacos on a blue plate.

Chipotle Beef

Chipotle Beef for Tacos

Course: Main Dish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Beef chuck roast is slow cooked in a Dutch oven until tender. Flavored with chipotle chiles in adobo, it makes a wonderful taco filling.
Print Recipe


  • 2-3 chipotle chiles in adobo, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (3-pound) boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a Dutch oven, stir together ketchup, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, chili powder, salt, and pepper, plus 1 cup of water.
  • Cut beef into 4 equal sized pieces and place in Dutch oven. Turn meat to coat it in the liquid. Place on stove and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once mixture comes to a boil, cover with lid and place in the oven. Bake until beef is tender and can be shredded with 2 forks, about 2 1/2 hours.


Some chuck roasts can take longer than others to get tender. If it is not tender after 2 1/2 hours, cook another 30 minutes.

Recipe Source: adapted from Martha Stewart

Close-up of shreeded Chipotle Beef.

More recipes that turn a hunk of meat into a tender, juicy delight:

Pot Roast

Beef Daube Provencal

Carolina-Style Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

16 thoughts on “Chipotle Beef for Tacos

  1. This sounds incredible for Taco Tuesday! Love the sound of the chipotle chiles in adobo sauce added in here too. The meat looks so juicy and flavorful, thanks for sharing Christin 🙂

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