Barbacoa – How to make Chipotle style Barbacoa

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I Love Barbacoa

In my opinion, Barbacoa is especially delicious and this recipe is no exception.  I’ve studied and sampled various recipes over the years and I believe what I’m offering you today is, as always, geared towards the best of the best.  It’s meaty with a medium to a hot kick you can control, with plenty of seasoning and spice.  And this particular dish will turn your entire home into what smells like an authentic professional restaurant.

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How to make Barbacoa the Best

You’re going to find that the bulk of this Barbacoa recipe is cooked with a 4 lbs Beef Chuck, just to keep it simple.  But you can take this a step further by adding Oxtails, Cheek Meat or pork spare and baby back ribs to up the gaminess; which I highly recommend but it’s not required.  You’ll still turn out some amazing Barbacoa following this easy recipe.  You’re also going to need my Homemade Enchilada Sauce to complete this recipe but I’ve added the ingredients to the list below as well as the link to the originally post if you need it.

For more fun recipe ideas and authentic Mexican food check out these recipes:
Chipotle Chicken for Tacos and Burritos, Street Tacos, Mexican Corn on the Cob.

Barbacoa Ingredients:

4 lbs Beef Chuck, Salt and Peppered|
You can also add Oxtails, Cheek Meat or Spareribs meat for a more Gamy taste.

Combine in Blender
1 small onion
6 Garlic Cloves, peeled
2 Chipotle Chilis in Adobo Sauce
2 tbsp Adobo Sauce
1 1/2 tbsp Cumin
1 tbsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
1 tbsp Oregano, dried
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 cup Red Enchilada Sauce, PMGK Recipe Only

1 Lime, squeezed
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste
Chop Fresh Cilantro and Onion for topping

Red Enchilada Sauce Ingredients(Click Here for original Post with Video Recipe)
12 Large Dehydrated Chili’s, seeded
1 qt Chicken Broth, approximately
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 tsp Salt, adjust to taste
2 garlic Cloves

Bake Barbacoa for 4 hours at 275 degrees Fahrenheit and serve in Tacos, Burritos, Tortas or on a plate with rice.

Street Tacos

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This Street Tacos recipe is dependent on the availability of the kind of Roast I like to use; Cacheta De Res.  If you can find it in a major Super or Grocery Market it will most likely be with the Beef Tongue and the Ox Tail, because it’s Beef Cheek Meat.  But, don’t let that intimidate you one bit.  It is HANDS DOWN the best meat for street tacos, in my opinion.  It’s a bit Gamier, which really helps set off the Mexican spices, and it the Crock pot really takes it to that next level of tenderness we all want in our beef and Street Tacos.  Also, at the end of this video and in the links below, I’ve included my Chipotle Chicken recipe, for tacos and burritos, and my Enchilada/Chili Verde recipe.  So definitely check both of those out!

CLICK HERE for Chipotle Chicken

CLICK HERE for Enchilada Chili Verde Sauce

Street Taco Ingredients:

2 lbs Cachete De Res Roast(Beef Cheek Meat)
1 pkg White or Yellow Corn Tortillas
1 Onion, chopped
1 Cilantro, chopped
1 Lime
1 tbsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder (optional)
1 cup Beef Broth, from Crock Pot
Salt and Pepper to taste(lots of salt)

Chipotle Chicken – for Tacos and Burritos

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The Best Chipotle Chicken

Here’s a Chipotle Chicken Recipe you’ll just love and use again and again.  It’s tender, juicy and full of flavor.  The spice can be adjusted according to your specific tastes.  I’ve portioned out the heat to a medium kick so adjust accordingly by adding or subtracting Chipotle Peppers.  I’m using canned Chipotle Peppers with Adobo sauce so the smokey taste will spread further.  Marination isn’t necessary but it never hurts if you want to throw this in the refrigerator over night or for even just a half an hour.  It’s up to you.

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Chipotle Chicken for Tacos & Burrito’s

There are a ton of different ways to use this Chipotle Chicken recipe but my favorite way to put this meat to use is with street style tacos, like the photo above or in a burrito.  I even like to have it in a rice bowl, with a lot of other veggies, Tex-Mex style.  But if you want to go “fast food” with this Chipotle Chicken, I highly recommend loading a burrito, 7 Layer style, with all the works.  I’m talking about rice, beans, cheese, guacamole, lettuce and sour cream.  That’s one of my favorite ways to prepare this recipe, Chipotle style Taco Hell. 😉

If you’re looking for more ways to stuff your tortilla’s, try my crock-pot Chili No Beans recipe or my Chicken Enchiladas.  You might even be interested in my Street Tacos and my Barbacoa recipe.  These recipes don’t disappoint so definitely give them a try.

Chipotle Chicken Ingredients:

4 Boneless Chicken Thighs, cut into cubes
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
1 Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce, Minced
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 Lemon/Lime, squeezed
1/2 tsp Oregano, dried

Just follow the instructions in the Video Tutorial for this Chipotle Chicken recipe.