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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    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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