Beef Barbacoa {keto, low carb}

Beef barbacoa

Last Updated on February 22, 2023 by Kayla

This low-carb slow cooker beef barbacoa is keto-friendly and makes for a great meal prep recipe!

What is barbacoa?

Barbacoa is a cooking method dating back to the times of the pre-Columbian Caribbean. This method involves steaming meat by wrapping it in agave leaves and roasting it until tender. Traditionally, barbacoa is cooked over an open fire or hole dug in the ground. Barbacoa uses higher-fat cuts of meat and strong spices.

Calories in barbacoa

Chipotle is one of the better-known food establishments for commercial barbacoa. Here, one serving of barbacoa clocks in at 170 calories and 2 grams of carbohydrates. Chipotle‘s barbacoa contains no added sugars and is keto- and low-carb friendly.

Leftover barbacoa meal ideas

There is no question that you’ll have leftover beef barbacoa with this recipe! Repurpose leftover keto barbacoa with the following meal ideas:

  • tacos
  • bowls
  • stuffed peppers
  • sandwiches
  • cheese dip
  • potato skins
  • nachos
  • chili
  • quesadillas

For a keto barbacoa recipe, serve over a bed of lettuce to make a barbacoa salad, or use cauliflower rice for a low-carb beef barbacoa bowl. For extra fiber, add black beans, pinto beans, and lots of fajita vegetables.

This keto pulled beef recipe pairs nicely with my easy corn salsa and low-carb margarita!

Keto Pulled Beef Barbacoa

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa {low carb, keto}

This slow cooker beef barbacoa recipe is keto-friendly and only 2 grams net carbs per serving. Use for a barbacoa salad or a low-carb barbacoa bowl.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 284 kcal


  • 3 lbs chuck roast
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 jalapeño sliced
  • 1 lime juiced


  • Cube chuck roast into 2-3-inch pieces. Add to slow cooker.
  • Top with remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
  • Remove beef from slow cooker to cool. Once meat is cool enough to handle, shred with two forks or diced into small cubes. Return to slow cooker; mix to combine.
  • Serve over a bed of lettuce, cauliflower rice, or tortillas.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving: 282 calories, 8g fat, 2g net carbohydrates, 34g protein
Keyword keto, low carb

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2 thoughts on “Beef Barbacoa {keto, low carb}

  1. 5 stars
    This was so easy and delicious! Once cooked I chopped bigger hunks into smaller pieces and put on the stove for a little bit of a char – then put over a bed of cauliflower rice. YUM!

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