Barbacoa… It’s what’s for #dinner.

Have you noticed how many recipe videos are circulating on Facebook lately? There are a ton. I admit that I watch many of them. BUT there are only a few recipes I actually considered making. Reasons are that some of the food recipes I already have versions I enjoy using AND also some of the food recipes are kind of weird… Like making pizza lasagna or banana bread tiramisu. In all honesty, I prefer *regular* or perhaps we can call it original lasagna and tiramisu. Haha.

One of the recipes I did try though was a Barbacoa recipe from Tasty by Buzzfeed. It was actually pretty good and it reminded me of the shredded beef you can find at Mexican sit-down restaurants. I’ve used the recipe to make enchiladas, tacos, nachos, and burritos. It’s great for leftovers too. I’ve even made breakfast tacos the morning after serving it for dinner.

PLUS it’s pretty easy to make — just throw it into a slow cooker!!! Slow cooker recipes FTW. Oh, and if you have an Instant Pot, I’m sure you could also use this recipe too. Double score.

Tasty’s Barbacoa
Serves 8-10


  • 3-4 lb Beef Chuck Roast
  • 4 Chipotles in Adobo Sauce – Chopped
  • 5 Cloves Garlic – Chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground Cumin
  • 3 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 Cup Beef Broth
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup (fresh) Lime Juice
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • Salt
  • Pepper

For Serving (optional)

  • Flour/Corn Tortillas
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Rice
  • Black Beans

Cut the Roast into approximately six to eight large chunks. Season well with salt and pepper on all sides. Heat oil in a large skillet and sear the beef chunks (in batches if necessary) on all sides until browned. Transfer seared meat to slow cooker.

In a medium bowl combine chopped chipotles, garlic, cumin, oregano, cloves, beef broth, vinegar, lime juice, and additional salt and pepper (to taste). Mix well, then pour over beef in the slow cooker and add bay leaves. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, until meat shreds easily.

Remove bay leaves. Remove and shred beef. Return beef to slow cooker to marinate at least 10 more minutes, or until ready to serve.

And that’s it — I hope you enjoy! #nomnomnom

‘Til the next time.
– E

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