Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa

Slow cooked beef barbacoa is an easy, gluten free meal to make at home and perfect for adding to tacos, tostadas, nachos or eggs!

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Recipe

About 10 weeks ago I released a recipe for Slow Cooked Beef Ragu. It was a recipe inspired by one of my favorite dishes at Davanti, an Italian restaurant in my neighborhood.

About 8 weeks later, that dish was named one of The Best Recipes That Came From Food Bloggers in 2014 on Huffington Post.

Say whaaaaat?!? I couldn’t believe my eyes! I mean, I loved the recipe, yes. I’ve had many friends and fans of the blog make the recipe at home and love it, but for it to make that list was truly an honor and one of my proudest moments to date as a food blogger!

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Tacos

About two weeks before this amazing, exciting, awesome honor was bestowed upon me, I was inspired by another one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants, Puesto, to create another slow cooked beef recipe, this one Mexican style.

Puesto had just introduced a Lamb Barbacoa Taco to their menu and it was AWESOME! I decided to use beef instead of lamb to create a recipe similar to that of the Beef Barbacoa you’ll find at Chipotle restaurants.

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Tostadas

The meat was so delicious, I made it into tacos, tostadas, nachos, and even added it to eggs for breakfast (YUM!)

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Recipe

One of the reasons the Beef Ragu recipe has been so popular is because it’s so easy to make, and so is this Beef Barbacoa! Time to get slow cooking!

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 large white onion (diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (diced)
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 2-3 lb beef chuck roast
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • ¼ cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 10-12 corn tortillas (or tostadas)

Optional Toppings

  • avocado (diced)
  • jalapeños (sliced)
  • cilantro (chopped)

Place the onion, garlic and oregano in the bottom of a crock pot.

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Recipe

Combine the salt, pepper, chipotle powder, cumin and ground cloves in a small bowl.

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Recipe

Rub this mixture on the beef and place in the crock pot.

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Recipe

In another small bowl, combine the lime juice, apple cider vinegar, beef broth and cilantro.

Pour this mixture over the beef, then add the bay leaves to the crock pot.

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Recipe

Cover and cook on high for 6-8 hours.

Remove the bay leaves and shred the beef.

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa

Place in tortillas, or on tostadas, and add the toppings of your choice!

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Day one, I served the beef barbacoa in corn tortillas with fresh jalapeños, diced avocado and lime wedges for juicing.

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Day two, I served the beef on tostadas with refried pinto beans, topped with jalapeños, avocado and cilantro.

Beef Barbacoa Tostadas

I was a HUGE fan of the tostadas, but I’m kind of on a tostada kick right now! Ever since I made Turkey Tostadas with Pomegranate Guacamole after Thanksgiving, I want to make everything into a tostada!

Breakfast tostadas with scrambled eggs, beef barbacoa, hatch green chili salsa and avocado, um yes please, everyday!

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Tacos, tostadas, breakfast or nachos, it really doesn’t matter which way you serve this beef barbacoa, you’re going to love the melt-in-your-mouth flavor of this delicious beef!

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Tacos Recipe

Last year I started a tradition of making a “Taco Bar” for my annual Superbowl party (which I talk about in this article on The Sports Brat), needless to say, this Beef Barbacoa is definitely going to be added to the menu this year!

Gluten Free Beef Barbacoa Tacos

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free (always make sure the beef broth used is gluten free.)

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Serving Size: 6

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa

Ingredients

  • 1 large white onion (diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (diced)
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 2-3 lb beef chuck roast
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • ¼ cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 12 corn tortillas (or tostadas)
  • Optional Toppings
  • avocado (diced)
  • jalapeños (sliced)
  • cilantro (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Place the onion, garlic and oregano in the bottom of a crock pot.
  2. Combine the salt, pepper, chipotle powder, cumin and ground cloves in a small bowl.
  3. Rub this mixture on the beef and place in the crock pot.
  4. In another medium bowl, combine the lime juice, apple cider vinegar, beef broth and cilantro.
  5. Pour this mixture over the beef, then add the bay leaves to the crock pot.
  6. Cover and cook on high for 6-8 hours.
  7. Remove the bay leaves and shred the beef.
  8. Place in tortillas, or on tostadas, and add the toppings of your choice!
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