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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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