Shredded Green Chile Beef

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 7 hours


12 servings

Updated: Nov. 13, 2023
This Tex-Mex pulled beef roast is tender, slightly spicy, juicy and so delicious served over mashed potatoes or rice. The beef also makes the best soft tacos you've ever had. Save any leftover pulled beef in the liquid to prevent it from drying out. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
Shredded Green Chile Beef Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 large sweet onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) green enchilada sauce
  • Mashed potatoes, optional


  1. Place onions and 3 tablespoons brown sugar in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Combine remaining 1 Tbsp. brown sugar and the next 6 ingredients; coat beef with mixture.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown beef, 1-2 minutes on each side. Transfer to slow cooker; pour enchilada sauce over beef. Cook, covered, on low until beef is tender, 7-9 hours. Remove beef; shred meat with 2 forks. Return to slow cooker; heat through. If desired, serve over potatoes.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Try this shredded beef over pepper jack or cheddar mashed potatoes.
  • Make it for the next potluck gathering. You'll come home with an empty slow cooker.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cup beef mixture: 278 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 658mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.