A classic Barbacoa recipe that is fall-apart tender! Beef braised low and slow with adobo chiles, spices and green chiles. The end result is a juicy, flavorful shredded beef to be used in many different ways. Tacos, burritos, salads and more!

This post and recipe is sponsored by Certified Piedmontese. All words and photographs are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that make KJ & Company possible!

What is Barbacoa?

Barbacoa is a flavor-loaded beef dish! Traditionally served in Mexican dishes, this rich, decadent beef is exactly what your tastebuds are looking for. 

A chuck roast is cut into cubes, seared and then braised low and slow with different chiles, spices and aromatics. After braising, the beef shreds apart easily with a fork to be used however your heart desires! I like to think of it as the south-of-the-boarder version of a pot roast. I’m definitely not an expert on the matter, but it is oh-so delicious!

What Sets Certified Piedmontese Beef Apart

Certified Piedmontese isn’t just any other beef brand that you may think. They have such a unique, healthy and appealing way that they operate. Let’s dive into the details on what sets Certified Piedmontese apart from the others:

  • Their cows come from the rare Piedmontese breed of cattle from Italy – less than 1% of cattle in the United States are Piedmontese, but Certified Piedmontese has the largest herd of these cattle.
  • The beef is naturally healthier, but does not sacrifice on flavor and tenderness.
  • The beef has fewer calories, less fat and higher protein per ounce than beef from other breeds.
  • The cattle are raised naturally without hormones, antibiotics or steroids – and on ranches here in the Midwest!
  • You get the taste of real beef since it is naturally cleaner and leaner.
  • Certified Piedmontese has a ranch-to-fork process that ensures traceability, environmental sustainability and humane handling.

Now, I don’t know about you guys, but COUNT ME IN! Not only are all of those amazing qualities of the Certified Piedmontese brand enough to get you on board, but tasting their product will have you hooked for life. I sure am!

PS: don’t live in Nebraska or have access to run into The Mercato? Don’t worry! They’ve got you covered with online ordering over at Certified Piedmontese!

How To Serve Barbacoa

Barbacoa can be served in so many different ways! I love how versatile it is. If you’re asking me, you can never go wrong with a bed of Coconut Cilantro Rice to carry the barbacoa. Here are some other ideas:

  • Tacos
  • Burritos
  • Burrito bowls
  • Salad topping

Toppings such as pico de gallo, fajitas, corn salsa, sour cream, cheese or guacamole pair beautifully with the beef!

Whether you are making this Barbacoa recipe for a scrumptious weeknight meal, a taco night, family gathering, dinner date or gathering, it is sure to be a hit! We sure love it. 

Looking for other beef recipes? Check these out!

Pot Roast Braised Beef

BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Steak Fajita Kabobs


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


A classic Barbacoa recipe that is fall-apart tender! Beef braised low and slow with adobo chiles, spices and green chiles. The end result is a juicy, flavorful shredded beef to be used in many different ways. Tacos, burritos, salads and more!


  • 4 pound Certified Piedmontese Chuck Roast, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 4 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped
  • 7 oz diced green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 32 oz beef stock


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Working in batches, sear the beef until golden brown on all sides. Remove all the beef from the pot. Add in the onion and garlic and sauté until fragrant and slightly translucent.
  2. Add the seared beef back into the pot along with the chipotle peppers, green chiles, cumin, oregano, bay leaves and salt. Pour the beef stock over the top and gently stir to combine.
  3. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat to low and allow to braise low and slow for 3 hours or until the beef is fall-apart tender.
  4. Use two forks to shred the beef. Keep the beef in the juices from the pot until serving. Enjoy!


  • Slow Cooker instructions: add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Serving ideas: tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, salads, nachos and many more!
  • Barbacoa is a great meal-prep option! Store the the beef with the juices to help keep it flavorful and tender.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Braise
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 732
  • Sugar: 1.9g
  • Sodium: 1430mg
  • Fat: 30.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.1g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Protein: 102.5g
  • Cholesterol: 309mg

Keywords: Barbacoa, beef

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