Recipe Monday: Chipotle-esque Barbacoa Beef


I have a couple of kids who are crazy about Chipotle.  And I found this recipe that they think tastes just like the barbacoa beef that is served there.  I prepared this on Friday night, and we pretended it was Chipotle. My kids say it was even better! Try it and let me know what you think! 

Chipotle-esque Barbacoa Beef


  • 4 lbs. beef brisket (beef chuck roast will also work)
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 – 4 chipotle chilis in adobo
  • 1¼ cups beef broth
  • 4 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1½ Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • ¾ tsp. salt, then more to taste
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice


  1. Cut the beef into large cubes. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the vegetable oil and sear the beef on each side. Transfer to an oven set at 225 degrees or a slow cooker.
  2. In a food processor, add adobo chilis, beef broth, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, cloves and lime juice. Pulse until blended and pour on top of the meat.
  3. Cook on low for 8-9 hours at that temperature in the oven or in your slow cooker.  Shred the meat with two forks and turn on warm.
  4. Then act like you’re Chipotle.  Layer in a tortilla and ask your diners, “Refried or black beans?” Then add black beans despite what they say because I know better and black beans are better. Add cilantro lime rice,  grilled corn, guacamole, salsa, shredded cheese and sour cream.

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