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Chipotle Beef for Tacos


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

Beef chuck roast is slow cooked in a Dutch oven until tender. Flavored with chipotle chiles in adobo, it makes a wonderful taco filling.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 2 hrs 30 mins
TOTAL: 2 hrs 40 mins


  • 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.
Course: Main Dish

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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

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16 thoughts on “Chipotle Beef for Tacos”

  1. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    What a fantastic looking beef! So juicy looking and you gotta love that heat here. Great recipe Christin!

  2. lisaiscooking

    Spicy chipotles are a favorite of mine! And, prepping something that will last for multiple meals is the best.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I love chipotles too Lisa and use them in so many things. Don’t know what I did before I discovered them 🙂

  3. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    Yummy!! I like the idea to make it ahead of time and reheat it for a quick weeknight dinner!

  4. I need meals like this for school. I love the hands off approach, and this is something everyone would love (even as leftovers)! Pinning!

  5. 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 🙂

  6. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    This looks so so easy to make! It makes me wish it was taco nigh today ;–)

  7. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    Mmm and tomorrow is Taco Tuesday I’m guessing? 😉 Will do, will do! Awesome recipe.

  8. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Super yummy taco recipe which will leaving us wanting 2nds and 3rds! Thank you!

  9. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    Oh I love recipes that you can just pop in the oven or leave on the stove and they are magically ready at dinner time! This sounds perfect for hectic weeknights!

  10. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I was just looking for a good shredded beef taco recipe. Thanks for sharing, Christin!

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