Barbacoa-Style Shredded Beef

Barbacoa-Style Shredded Beef

World Cuisine Latin American Mexican

Similar to Chipotle's® barbacoa. Great over nachos, in tacos, and burritos.

Servings per recipe: 8
Calories per serving: 303
Preparation time: 25m
Total cooking time: 8h 39m


  • 1 (3 pound) beef chuck roast, cut into 6 to 8 chunks
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 bay leaves


  • 1   Season beef chunks with salt and pepper on all sides.
  • 2   Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef in batches; cook until browned, about 1 minute per side. Transfer beef to a slow cooker.
  • 3   Combine beef broth, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, chipotle peppers, garlic, cumin, oregano, and cloves in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Pour over beef in the slow cooker. Stir in bay leaves.
  • 4   Cook on Low until beef is fork-tender, 8 to 10 hours.
  • 5   Discard bay leaves. Remove beef and shred using 2 forks. Return beef to the slow cooker to marinate in the sauce for at least 10 more minutes before serving.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 22.9g 35%
    Saturated Fat 8.0g  
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 150mg 6%
Potassium 226mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 2.6g  
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
Protein 20.3g 41%
Sugars 0g  
Vitamin A 56IU  
Vitamin C 3mg  
Calcium 32mg  
Iron 3mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 6mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 20mg  
Folate 7mcg