Could I be any more predictable?

Crockpot Smoky Brisket Tacos with Shredded Cabbage + Sweet Corn I

I can’t help it.

I love tacos.

I love pizza.

I love taco pizza.

I have to make a version of one or the other every week and oh, you know – pizza was yesterday. You betcha.

So today, it’s taco Thursday.

Crockpot Smoky Brisket Tacos with Shredded Cabbage + Sweet Corn I

I have been trying to get out of my comfort zone with beef. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve only made a billion (or like five) recipes with flank steak because besides that, filet is the only other beef I feel totally comfortable preparing. Read: I know that it will turn out great. I’m a big scaredy cat when it comes to other cuts of beef. Read: I’m a giant baby.

My grandma use to make a lot of brisket – it was one of her specialties. Needless to say, I haven’t had it since she passed away in 2009, other than a taco here or there. And I figured that it was pretty hard to screw up tacos (hello, cheese and tortillas), so I decided to get out of my comfort zone while staying in my comfort zone. Does that still count?

Plus, the crockpot makes everything taste good. It’s like a magic machine for meat. Sort of. Just kidding. Not really though. I’m lazy.

Crockpot Smoky Brisket Tacos with Shredded Cabbage + Sweet Corn I

These aren’t too different than my favorite short rib tacos but… they are still different. For starters, it’s clearly a different cut of beef, but these babies are topped with corn and red cabbage. If you told me ten years ago that I’d be eating raw cabbage, I’d laugh hysterically right in your face.

Tacos do that to me.

Now, cabbage is one of my favorite taco toppings since it’s so crunchy and fresh. Add a little corn… add a little cheese.. boom. Dinner is done.

Crockpot Smoky Brisket Tacos with Shredded Cabbage + Sweet Corn I


Crockpot Brisket Tacos

Yield: serves 4 to 6

Total Time: 8 hours


4 pounds beef brisket
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
8 ounces of your favorite beer
1/2 red cabbage, sliced until shredded
2 limes, juiced + extra for serving
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 ears sweet corn, cut from the cob (cooked if you desire)
4 ounces queso fresco cheese, crumbled
8 to 10 flour tortillas


Season the brisket with the salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, onion and chili powder. Place it in the crockpot and add the beer, then cook on low for 8 hours. When finished, if the brisket is still in 1 piece, remove it and place it on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife and a fork to shred the brisket (you can also do this in the crockpot) and then place it back in the crockpot for another 30 minutes. It should combine with the juices and soak them toss. You may need to toss the beef a few times in the crockpot.

When you're ready to serve the tacos, add the cabbage to a bowl and toss it with the lime juice, olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Assemble the tacos with the beef, the cabbage, a few spoonfuls of the corn and the crumbled cheese.

Crockpot Smoky Brisket Tacos with Shredded Cabbage + Sweet Corn I

Also, look at this color! That means health. Right?

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48 Responses to “Crockpot Smoky Brisket Tacos with Shredded Cabbage + Sweet Corn.”

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — August 8, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    I love taco’s and I love pizza too… keep em coming!


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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 8, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    Love Beef Brisket and I love cooking in the crockpot oh and like you I love tacos! What could be a more perfect dish? I swear I could eat tacos every night!!! This is a fabulous meal!! Now I must have tacos for dinner, oh or maybe lunch, hmmm breakfast?


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    Kim in MD — August 8, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    I can never have enough pizza and taco recipes! This brisket taco looks amazing, and I love that the brisket is cooked in a slow cooker!


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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — August 8, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    I have not cooked with brisket before as I normally use(for slow cookers) beef cheeks or ox tail.I guess I like the weird cuts. The best thing baout this is that there is always meat picking sin the fridge AKA chessy beef melts at 1am. Great combo of spice, perfectly balanced too.


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    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — August 8, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    I love everything about this. Brisket, corn, cheese, beer! What could anyone else want?!


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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 8, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    Love all the bright colours!!! And it doesn’t have to be Tuesday, or Thursday for that matter. Any day can be taco day as far as I’m concerned! :)


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    bridget {bake at 350} — August 8, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    So basically, I’m going to throw out all of my cookbooks, leave room for only your new one, and just live off of that and the recipes on your blog. Everything you make just calls out to me, “EAT ME!” ;)

    Our very first Thanksgiving as married people, we lived in an old duplex with the tiniest old vintage oven…cutest oven ever. Anyway, there was no way a turkey would fit in that oven…and since my dad always made smoked turkey, an oven turkey wasn’t going to cut it. I made brisket in a crockpot!!! And I remember it being so good! Can’t wait to try these!


  8. #
    Shee — August 8, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    This creation is a work of art. Perfecto! xx


  9. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 8, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    Hooray for taco Thursday!! Pizza and tacos….this has been a good week :)


  10. #
    Tieghan — August 8, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    I have never done brisket because my family is so picky and like things pretty plain! But these look awesome and we all love tacos!


  11. #
    Cookin Canuck — August 8, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    Brisket tacos would make anyone want to eat raw cabbage! These look like a keeper, Jessica.


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    Amanda @ Food, Fitness, Faith — August 8, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    My mom and I were just talking about how we want to try and make brisket and this will be a perfect recipe to start out with!!! Love it!


  13. #
    Jenna — August 8, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    Pizza and tacos should be their own food group!! These look especially delicious!


  14. #
    Andi (@estellasrevenge) — August 8, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    OMG, yes. I’m from Texas, and by law (pretty much) we worship brisket. I’m partial to my grandfather’s but he passed away many years ago, so there isn’t nearly as much brisket in my life these days. But, this actually sounds very close to the briskets he used to make. I think I’ll give it a try! And what’s easier than the crock? Weekend tacos??? Yes please!


  15. #
    cindy — August 8, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    you’re killing me…let’s just go on the taco/pizza/taco-pizza diet, mmm’kay? If we ever hang out, I’ll show you how I cook ribeye and you can show me how to cook a filet and we’ll drink wine…lessons in steak!


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    Lauren — August 8, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    I am making very similar tacos tonight! I love the corn salsa, I’ll have to add that to my plans!
    I only recently started cooking with brisket, and I am obsessed, makes delicious anything!


  17. #
    Tara — August 8, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    YUM! LOVE Cabbage, I thinik this will be the perfect meal for the first Football game of the season!! Whoohooo! The guys are going to this!!


  18. #
    annie — August 8, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    These tacos look amazing! I usually throw pork in the crock pot for tacos but will definitely give this a try to switch things up a bit. And just in time for football season! Thanks for sharing.


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    Archana @ FeedingtheFoodie — August 8, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    those colors are so amazing I want tacos for breakfast.. Im thinking tofu tacos – I already have red cabbage salad , flour tortillas, cheese, avacado sitting in my fridge.. lunch is coming together!


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    Kim @ AdventuresInANew(ish)CIty — August 8, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    These look beautiful! I am ALL for throwing stuff in a crock pot and walking away for a few hours. Plus, it always makes the house smell like heaven and drives my dog bonkers, while he tries to figure out what the heck is going on, which makes me laugh because I’m clearly evil.


  21. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 8, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    The bright purple cabbage and yellow corn is just so colorful and eye-catching and makes me want tacos!


  22. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — August 8, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    I like predictable :)


  23. #
    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me — August 8, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    I’ve never cooked brisket! I think I am also a scaredy cat with beef. Buuuut… tacos are worth it.


  24. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — August 8, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    Cabbage on tacos is seriously da’ best. These tacos just look like a vehicle for all the best textures!


  25. #
    Nicole @ — August 8, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    These tacos need to happen tonight!


  26. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — August 8, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    Giirrrrll, this looks amazing. I now I just want to eat these tacos for every single meal.


  27. #
    Dana Ivy — August 8, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    Yummmmmmm. That’s all.

    Dana Ivy – Check out my blog!


  28. #
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — August 8, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    Love purple cabbage in tacos!


  29. #
    Angela — August 8, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    These sound delicious! I’m a beef scaredy-cat too sometimes, true story – I just made brisket for the first time last week. I used Smitten Kitchen’s crockpot recipe and it was a-mazing! If you have the time, after the brisket is cooked in the crockpot, transfer it to the fridge overnight, then scrape off the fat and toss it in the oven – the flavors really come out then!


  30. #
    Courtney @ BakeMeBetter — August 8, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    Love the purple cabbage! It looks great with the green of the limes in your photos.


  31. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — August 8, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    You are totally the queen of combining genres of food.


  32. #
    Larry — August 8, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    Colorful food always = healthy food. Duh. It’s like, a scientific fact.


  33. #
    JulieD — August 8, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    Beautiful!! I love doing a brisket in the slow cooker…and making them into tacos, genius!


  34. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — August 8, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    Bright and inviting! I Want THESE!


  35. #
    Marcie — August 8, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    These look so dang delicious. You can stay on your taco kick forever as Dara’s I’m concerned…I never get tired of looking at them!


  36. #
    Anna — August 9, 2013 @ 12:46 am

    I want to be your best friend


  37. #
    tracy {pale yellow} — August 9, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    I just tried brisket for the first time a few weeks ago and now I’m in love! Brisket tacos sound totally delish!


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    Danita Carr — August 9, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    I love brisket tacos but have never made them at home! Brisket is hard to get right on the grill and takes forever. I didn’t think about the crock pot. Thanks for the great idea.


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    Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen — August 9, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    We share the love of all things taco’s! These look Amazing!!!


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    marcia — August 12, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    These look so delicious, and easy! My daughter and SIL are coming for dinner. This is going to be perfect. I have a couple of questions though – my brisket is in two 2 lbs. pieces so they are stacked on top of each other in the crockpot. Will that alter the cooking time, should I put it up on high, move them around, during the day? And should the fat side be up or down? I am new to brisket – thanks for your help!


  41. #
    carrie@bakeaholicmama — August 13, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    I love tacos. I love Brisket. The only other thing I can think that would be better is Brisket Taco Pizza.


  42. #
    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — August 13, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

    These look great! I, too, have my own level of comfort wit steak and rarely stray from it.


  43. #
    Laura — August 18, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

    This is just the kind of thing I cannot be reading about late at night! Or next thing you know I will be prowling the kitchen, looking for brisket and tacos… and not finding any! Ack!

    Pinning! :D


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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — August 22, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    gorgeous colors! brisket is one of my favorite cuts of meat..thats how I feel about the crockpot, it really is some kind of magic machine for perfect meat. Im a super scaredy cat about trying out different types of meat too..not sure why..worst that can happen it sucks, and I start again! Hopefully soon I jump the ledge, because the tacos sound awesome!


  45. #
    Raneen — August 24, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    Youre recipes are sounding better and better!!!!



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