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beef barbacoa with lime wedges and cilantro
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Barbacoa Beef

Tender and juicy beef barbacoa beef slow cooked to perfection. Enjoy these with corn tortillas or grain-free tortillas.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Barbacoa, Barbacoa Beef, Barbacoa Beef Tacos
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 433kcal


  • 4 lb chuck roast
  • 1 large onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 4 tbsp chipotle sauce
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Season the beef with salt and pepper on all sides.
  • Heat some vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Sear the beef for 5-6 minutes on each side.
  • Place the onion, garlic, lime juice, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Stir in the chipotle mixture, cumin, oregano, bay leaves, vinegar, beef broth, salt and pepper with the beef.
  • Close with a lid, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 4 hours or until completely tender.
  • Shred with two forks or with tongs.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 814mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 5.6mg