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Beef Barbacoa

Beef Barbacoa is tender, flavorful, and so easy to make in a dutch oven or a slow cooker! Use this delicious meat in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads, and more!


  • 5 pounds boneless beef chuck roast

  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (one pepper NOT the can!)

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon allspice

  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic

  • 2 cups beef stock

  • 3 bay leaves torn in half

  • 2 onions chopped

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 300 ༠F. Generously season beef with salt and pepper.

  2. In large dutch oven set over medium-high heat, brown the roast on all sides.

  3. Make a spice paste by combining the chipotle pepper, vinegar, cumin, oregano, allspice, and garlic in a food processor. Mix until smooth.

  4. Once the roast is browned, remove from heat and add the spice paste, along with beef stock, bay leaves and onions.

  5. Wrap a sheet of aluminum foil over the top of the dutch oven, prick small holes in a few spots.

  6. Place dutch oven in the oven and let meat cook until fork tender. About 5-6 hours.

  7. When the roast is complete you can shred it with a fork. Remove bay leaves before serving.

  8. Serve with shredded carrots, purple cabbage, radishes, and avocado over cauliflower rice or regular rice, corn wraps, etc.

*Note: This can also be done in a slow cooker.

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