Barbacoa Tacos

How to make Barbacoa Tacos


1 tablespoon oil

2 pounds chuck roast, fat trimmed and cut into 1-2 inch chunks

1 white onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon oregano

1/2 cup beef broth or beer or water

4 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, chopped (or to taste)

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

3 bay leaves

12 small corn tortillas, warmed

1/2 cup onion, diced

1/4 cup cilantro, torn


Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat in a large heavy bottomed oven safe pot, add the beef and brown on all sides, about 10-15 minutes, before setting aside.

Add the onion and cook until tender, about 3-5 minutes, before adding the garlic, cumin and oregano and cooking for a further minute.

Add the broth, chipotle chilies, lime juice, vinegar, salt, pepper, cloves and bay leaves, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered until the meat is pull apart tender, about 3-4 hours. OR

Transfer the pot to a preheated 275F/140C oven and braise until the meat is pull apart tender, about 3-4 hours. OR Transfer to a slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.

Remove the bay leaves and discard.

Remove the beef, shred and place back in the pot.

Assemble the tacos in the tortillas with beef barbacoa, diced onions and cilantro or your favourite taco ingredients.


Nutrition Information:

SERVING SIZE: 1 taco (without additional toppings)

Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 250 | TOTAL FAT: 10g | SATURATED FAT: 3g | TRANS FAT: 0g | CHOLESTEROL: 50mg | SODIUM: 600mg | CARBOHYDRATES: 20g | FIBER: 2g | SUGAR: 1g | PROTEIN: 18g

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use a different type of meat instead of chuck roast for Barbacoa Tacos?

Yes, while chuck roast is commonly used for Barbacoa Tacos, you can also use other cuts of beef such as brisket or beef cheek.

These cuts are known for their tenderness and flavor when slow-cooked.

How spicy are Barbacoa Tacos with chipotle chilies in adobo sauce?

The level of spiciness in the tacos can be adjusted based on your preference.

Chipotle chilies in adobo sauce have a medium level of heat.

You can increase or decrease the amount of chilies to control the spiciness of the dish.

Can I make Barbacoa Tacos in a slow cooker instead of using an oven or stovetop?

Yes, you can definitely use a slow cooker for making Barbacoa Tacos.

Simply follow the instructions to cook the beef in the slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.

The meat will become tender and easy to shred.

What are some popular toppings or condiments for Barbacoa Tacos?

Traditional toppings for Barbacoa Tacos include diced onions, torn cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice.

You can also add other toppings like salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or shredded cheese based on your personal preference.

Can I prepare Barbacoa Tacos in advance?

Yes, you can make the barbacoa meat ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for a few days.

When you’re ready to serve, simply reheat the meat and assemble the tacos with your desired toppings.

This makes it convenient for meal planning or hosting gatherings.

How can I adjust the spiciness of Barbacoa Tacos?

The spiciness of Barbacoa Tacos can be adjusted based on personal preference.

If you prefer a milder taste, you can reduce the amount of chipotle chilies in adobo sauce or omit them entirely.

Alternatively, if you enjoy more heat, you can add extra chilies or even a dash of cayenne pepper.

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