Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chipotle-Style Barbacoa Beef

In my quest to make Chipotle-style burritos at home, I decided to make Barbacoa beef.
Another thanks to Gina of Skinny Taste for her recipe of Chipotle's Barbacoa beef on behalf of my husband's stomach.  I did modify the recipe in terms of ingredients and directions, but used her recipe as the base.  I rarely make beef (personal preference) as it is generally less lean and heart healthy than my usual vegetarian, fish, or chicken dishes.  However, when you do want to make beef, here is a handy wallet card of the lean cuts of beef.  Feel free to serve this with my cilantro-corn salsa and cilantro-lime rice for a tasty meal.  I hope you enjoy the barbacoa beef in your own burritos, as a sandwich, over rice, or by itself!

1 lb Beef (round roast--eye, bottom, or top), trimmed of fat
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
1 Tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
2 Tbsp. Minced Onion
1 Tbsp. Lime Juice
2 tsp. Chili Powder
2 tsp. Ground Cumin
1 tsp. Oregano
1 Bay Leaf
1/3 Cup Water

1.  Trim fat from meat and cut into 4 inch pieces.  Put in crockpot/slow-cooker.
2.  Pour/place all of the ingredients in slow-cooker.  Turn heat to low and cook for 6-8 hours, or until meat is cooked through.  Remove bay leaf.
3.  Use two forks to pull the meat apart (shred it) once cooked through.  Cover and let cook for another 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Enjoy as a spicy sandwich or for the meat in a Chipotle-inspired burrito.


  1. Trying this tonight to be ready for tomorrow morning. It doesn't seem like very much liquid, but hopefully once the the juices from the meat are in it too, it will be plenty!

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