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beef barbacoa on salad

Copycat Chipotle Beef Barbacoa

Published By Stephanie
This Mexican beef is perfect for burritos, tacos, salads and even quesadillas you want to fix for a crowd or for meal prepping.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12 servings
Calories 281 kcal


  • crock-pot
  • Food processor


  • 4 lbs Chuck roast cut into 2 in pieces
  • ½ cup Beef broth
  • 2 medium Chipotle chilies in adobo including sauce (canned)
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Lime juice
  • 1 tbsp Oregano dried
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • ½ tsp Ground cloves
  • 2 whole Bay leaves


  • Combine all ingredients except bay leaves and beef into a food processor. Puree until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  • Place the beef chunks into crock pot. Pour the pureed mixture from the food processor over the beef.
  • Add the bay leaves into the crock pot.
  • Cook for 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. The beef should be fall apart tender when finished.
  • Remove the bay leaves.
  • Place the beef into a bowl. Shred using 2 forks.
  • Return to crock pot or add in juices from crock pot into bowl. Stir until combined.
  • Allow juice to be soaked up by beef, about 5 min and enjoy.


Some of the toppings we have had with this shredded beef have been:

  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Rice 
  • Roasted corn - found in the frozen section, my favorite is from Trader's Joes
  • Black beans - canned
  • Shredded cheese - typically a Mexican blend
  • Salsa - I prefer a fresh salsa instead of canned
  • Guacamole - simple to make with a few avocados and a dry mix envelope
  • Sour cream
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Cilantro


Serving: 1cupCalories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 29gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 580mgPotassium: 524mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 166IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 4mg
Keyword crock-pot, Gluten-free, low carb, meal prepping, Paleo
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