Burrito-style Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

Once I mastered the art of cooking whole chickens, barbecue ribs and pork shoulder in the slow cooker, I've turned my attention now to beef, mostly by chucking it in the crockpot and pouring over either alcohol (beer, red wine), stock or water. But then I came across the cooking technique used on the Eat, Live, Run blog. You don't add any water, you just bung it all in dry, with some veg, and it cooks beautifully. 

This version uses the same concept of dry-slow-cooking, but I've tweaked the flavours to include pimenton (the spicy kind) and fresh thyme. After 6 hours, you just lift the brisket onto a board and shred with a couple of forks. Perfect, no-fuss burrito or taco beef. 

slow cooker beef

Smoky, Spicy, Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
Serves 4-6 people, as a burrito or taco filling

  • 1kg rolled brisket beef joint
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 red pepper, washed and deseeded, then cut into small chunks
  • half a teaspoon of pimenton
  • good pinch of sea salt flakes
  • black pepper 
  • handful of fresh thyme leaves


  1. Switch your slow cooker on and set it to 'high'. Peel and slice the onions, and scatter them in the bottom of your slow cooker. Place the beef on top. 
  2. Rub the pimenton, salt and pepper into the beef and then scatter over the thyme. Replace the lid (no liquid, remember) and leave completely alone, cooking away, for 6 hours. 
  3. Once the time is up, and the beef is aromatic and meltingly tender, lift it onto a board and shred with a couple of forks. Ladle over some of the cooking liquor which will keep the beef moist and juicy, along with some of the chopped peppers and onions. 

taco with pulled beef

My favourite way to eat this beef, is piled into a taco shell, straight from the slow cooker, with fresh coriander, avocado, some cheese and a squeeze of lime. It goes without saying that this makes wonderful beef sandwiches with horseradish or cheese and gherkins, the next day, or you can add the shreds of beef to a noodle soup, too. 

Like this? What foods do you cook in the slow cooker?