Slow Cooked Beef Brisket Tacos

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket Tacos ~ a super easy method for cooking authentic, fork tender Mexican style brisket for an easy weeknight meal.

This recipe comes from the  Muy Bueno Cookbook, the project of a mother and 2 daughters who lovingly explore and share three generations of Mexican and Mexican American food heritage. A group of bloggers have been sent advance copies of the book and we’ll be cooking from it for the three weeks before publication. The book is gorgeous, inspiring, and full of so many recipes I want to try that my head is spinning.

Maybe I cheated a little in that I chose one of the simplest recipes from the book to share with you today. I mean, really, beef brisket + a bottle of beer + crock pot, along with some fresh corn tortillas is about the gist of it. But there’s something so approachable, so understandable, and so mouthwatering about that shredded meat inside those warm corn tortillas. And for me this recipe demystifies the art of a great taco. It’s all about perfectly cooked meat, and a selection of well chosen toppings.

This is a great weekday dinner, the toppings can be prepped the night before, and the meat goes in the crock pot as you step out the door. This recipe will be my slow cooker’s maiden voyage this season, it feels good.

It takes two seconds to shred the meat and heat the tortillas. Set out the toppings buffet style and you have a winner.

The meat is really flavorful after the long slow cooking in beer, and the liquid smoke adds a nice touch,  But I have to say, these tacos really came alive after we loaded them up with the toppings. Especially the Queso Fresco and the Crema Mexicana, which I’d never used before. The cheese is crumbly, salty, and melts beautifully. The crema, or sour cream, gives a wonderful creamy moistness to the meat and tacos.

I made Cherry Tomato Salsa to go with these tacos, but last week’s Mushroom Salsa would be a great paring with the beef, too.

For a real feast, serve your brisket on your own easy Homemade Tortillas!

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket Tacos

5 from 2 votes

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket Tacos

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Yield 24
Author Sue Moran



  • 2-4 lbs beef brisket fat trimmed
  • 2 ounces liquid smoke per pound of meat
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 12 oz beer
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12-24 corn tortillas


  • shredded cheese I used Queso Fresco
  • Crema Mexicana or sour cream
  • chopped cilantro
  • chopped white onion
  • avocados peeled and sliced
  • salsa of your choice


  • Put the brisket, bay leaves, liquid smoke and beer in a slow cooker.  Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  • Remove the brisket and shred the meat.  Add the salt and pepper to taste.
  • Warm the corn tortillas.
  • Place shredded brisket in tortillas and add your favorite toppings.
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    December 30, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    2 ounces of liquid smoke per pound of meat? So,if I’m making 8 lbs of Brisket does that means 16 oz of liquid smoke. Is that right?

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      December 31, 2020 at 8:30 am

      No, that would be too much, I might do 8 ounces.

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    July 18, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    What kind of beer do you recommend?

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    Diva Divorcee
    May 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    muy bueno!

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    Mitsy Evans
    October 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Yummy! Can’t wait to make this!!

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    October 4, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    sounds delicious! i just made chicken crock pot tacos this week and now I want brisket!

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    September 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    5 stars
    The beef brisket was simplistic and delicious. There is just something so satisfying about this recipe (I made this one too, but didn’t my pics didn’t cooperate so I didn’t post). I love your pictures!

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    September 30, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I don’t usually care for beef – but those photos make me want to try those tacos!

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    September 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    All right, that’s it. I can’t take it anymore. I ABSOLUTELY have to make these over the weekend. After the third variation I’ve seen this morning, my stomach is begging me to make these! Gorgeous tacos and salsa, Sue!

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    Gerry @Foodness Gracious
    September 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    These tacos were popular this week and I can see why, they look awesome.
    Great job!

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    Danielle Imstuffed
    September 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Great photos! There are so many wonderful recipes in this book. Now I want tacos for dinner tonight 🙂

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    September 27, 2012 at 2:04 am

    I also find myself drawn to the photo with the two forks. Perfect! I wish I had some leftovers of this brisket right now (even though I ate two hours ago).

  • Reply
    September 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious!

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    Linda L
    September 26, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Definitely slow-cooker time -the nights are starting to get chilly (or should I say chili!!). Anything to warm up! The cookbook looks very interesting – would love to have it since I know very little about cooking
    Mexican but lots about eating it.

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    Bites from life with the barking lot
    September 26, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Hi Sue, I loved the photograph with the brisket and the two forks. Also adore queso fresco and happily can find it here in the boonies. Looks like a wonderful cookbook and a great idea for using brisket….

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    September 26, 2012 at 3:40 am

    That looks absolutely delicious!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    September 26, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I love to use my crock pot once the weather gets chilly. These look delicious. I would also be thrilled to win a copy of the cookbook. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    September 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Looks amazing!

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    September 26, 2012 at 1:02 am

    This looks fantastic and I’m all about the salsa. Anything I can put in my slow cooker is a happy thing.

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    Debby Foodiewife
    September 26, 2012 at 12:17 am

    This is magazine perfect. I’ve been seeing posts from this cookbook, and I’m most definitely interested– because I’m half Mexican. The simplicity of these tacos is what’s perfect. LOVE brisket, and never thought to use that for tacos. Perfect for Game Day! All I need is some guacamole and cold Cervezas and I’m good. Beautiful colors and food styling, too.

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    September 26, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Are those your homemade tortillas in the top shots?
    I’ve never made brisket so the slow cooker method sounds blissfully easy.

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    September 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Sounds and looks amazing, thanks!

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    September 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Mouthwatering! This book is right up my alley!
    [email protected]

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    Eat Live Love
    September 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Those look amazing!

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    A Kansan in the Kitchen
    September 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I love how foods from other countries fit right into our own comfort foods! What would we do without tacos, enchiladas, tamales……YUM!

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    Jill Wolfe
    September 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Great looking! I am going to make your gorgeous salsa as well! That is the way a “real” taco is….simple ingredients ~ maximum flavor! as some lime juice and “Ole” Love it!

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    September 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    This looks great! I love cooking brisket in the fall especially.

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    September 25, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    What a perfect dish to bring the slow cooker out for fall!

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    September 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Yes please! These look wonderful!! Any excuse to pull out my slow cooker and I am there.

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    September 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Just bought my first slow cooker so this will be my first thing I will cook. Thank you for sharing. Linda.

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    September 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    These look delicious, and so simple to make. Wish I could have them for lunch right now!

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    September 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    This cookbook sounds great – can’t wait to see more. Beef brisket on anything please!

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    September 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Look wonderful and I want to try them with the mushroom salsa! Can’t wait to try them out on my friends!

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    Karen Harris
    September 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I loved these too! I just kept coming back to them when flipping through the book. This recipe is now on my permanent supper rotation. Your photos are beautiful.

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    September 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    thanks for this giveaway!
    gkuroda (at)gmail(d0t)com

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    September 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    These sound fantastic, Sue. That salsa is beautiful!

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