It’s taco time! And what better way to start things off than with Drunken Taco Meat?! This bundle of beer-infused beef is slow-cooked to tender, savory, juicy deliciousness to create the perfect filling for your tortilla. It serves plenty, so it’s great for getting the gang together and chowing down in a crowd! Yum. Tacos really do make life better… especially when they’re filled with Drunken Taco Meat! Three cheers to that!


For the taco meat:

  • 1 (4-pound) beef chuck roast, boneless
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer or 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 (28-ounce) can pickled jalapeño peppers, undrained
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

For serving:

  • corn tortillas, to taste
  • cotija cheese, to taste, crumbled
  • lime wedges, to taste
  • fresh cilantro leaves, to taste
  • radishes, to taste, sliced


Step 1 –Sprinkle the roast with the salt and the pepper.

Step 2 –In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil.

Step 3 –Add the roast to the oil and brown on all sides.

Step 4 –Transfer the browned roast to a 5-quart slow cooker.

Step 5 –In the same skillet over medium heat, add the beer and stir to loosen the browned bits from the bottom.

Step 6 –Pour the beer mixture over the roast.

Step 7 –In a large bowl, add the jalapeños, the onion, the garlic powder, and the chili powder and stir to combine.

Step 8 –Sprinkle the jalapeño mixture over the meat.

Step 9 –Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat until the roast is tender, about 6-8 hours.

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Step 10 –Transfer the roast to a plate and use two forks to shred it.

Step 11 –Strain the cooking juices into a bowl, reserving the vegetables and 2 cups of the juices. Discard the remaining juices.

Step 12 –Skim the fat from the reserved juices.

Step 13 –Return the shredded beef, the reserved vegetables, and the reserved juices to the slow cooker and cook until heated through.

Step 14 –Serve the shredded beef in the tortilla shells, garnished with your desired toppings.