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Barbacoa

This was a delicioso dinner y’all.  A seriously delicioso dinner.  Despite what you see on my blog here, I try to follow a low carb diet.  I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic so I am careful about my carb intake.  I have been trying to come up with meals that are veggie heavy and that do not make me miss carbs.  No small feat.  I love me some carbs.  This dinner was so good that I did not even think about not having a tortilla.  I had some grass fed beef to use up so I made it on one day and ate it on the next.  The flavors had time to get to know each other and they became very good friends.

For the beef:

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 pounds beef suitable for stewing
1 large diced yellow onion
8 cloves minced garlic
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 1/2 Tablespoon oregano
20 whole cloves
4 chipotle peppers with adobo sauce
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup water
2 bay leaves
2 Tablespoons white vinegar

To put the dinner together:

tortillas
salsa
guacamole
Monterey Jack cheese shredded
sliced limes
sauteed red kidney beans
cilantro

Dry the beef with a paper towel.  This step is really important to get a nice crust on the beef.  Generously salt and pepper the beef.  Brown the beef in a few Tablespoons oil in batches if you don’t have room in your pan.  I use a dutch oven so that I can put it in my oven to finish cooking.  Take the beef out and add the onions.  Add more oil if you need it.

Season the onions with some kosher salt and pepper.  Cook until soft, about 8 minutes.  Add in the garlic, cook for a few seconds.  Add the cumin, oregano, chipotle, and cloves to the pan.  Cook while stirring for a minute.

Add the beef, chicken stock, water, and bay leaves to the pan.

Season with salt and pepper.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Reduce the heat and cover with a lid.  I put the beef in a 325 degree oven for approximately 2 hours or until the beef is fork tender.  You could also keep this on the stove and simmer it until tender.  I prefer to finish it in the oven so that I can clean up the stove and make the other things that go with the barbacoa, freeing up the space on my stove.  I do like a clean work space.

After about 2 hours in the oven, this is what it will look like.  Test to make sure that the beef is tender enough to shred with a fork.  If it is not shredding easily, put it back in the oven for a bit longer.  When it is ready to come out of the oven, I take out the chipotle pepper.  My kids eat this so I want to take out a bit of the heat, but feel free to leave it in if you like.  Add the white vinegar.  Check for seasoning.

To finish off the dinner, I dress the beef like I would a taco.  Warm some tortillas, make some guacamole, saute some beans, set out some limes, cheese, cilantro, and sour cream.  If you are really feeling it, whip up some margaritas.  Sit yourself down and have some really delicious barbacoa.


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Barbacoa


Ingredients

  • For the beef:
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds beef suitable for stewing
  • 1 large diced yellow onion
  • 8 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon oregano
  • 20 whole cloves
  • 4 chipotle peppers with adobo sauce
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • To put the dinner together:
  • tortillas
  • salsa
  • guacamole
  • Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • sliced limes
  • sauteed red kidney beans
  • cilantro

Instructions

  1. Dry the beef with a paper towel. This step is really important to get a nice crust on the beef. Generously salt and pepper the beef. Brown the beef in a few Tablespoons oil in batches if you don’t have room in your pan. I use a dutch oven so that I can put it in my oven to finish cooking. Take the beef out and add the onions. Add more oil if you need it.
  2. Season the onions with some kosher salt and pepper. Cook until soft, about 8 minutes. Add in the garlic, cook for a few seconds. Add the cumin, oregano, chipotle, and cloves to the pan. Cook while stirring for a minute.
  3. Add the beef, chicken stock, water, and bay leaves to the pan.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and cover with a lid. I put the beef in a 325 degree oven for approximately 2 hours or until the beef is fork tender. You could also keep this on the stove and simmer it until tender. I prefer to finish it in the oven so that I can clean up the stove and make the other things that go with the barbacoa, freeing up the space on my stove. I do like a clean work space.
  5. After about 2 hours in the oven, this is what it will look like. Test to make sure that the beef is tender enough to shred with a fork. If it is not shredding easily, put it back in the oven for a bit longer. When it is ready to come out of the oven, I take out the chipotle pepper. My kids eat this so I want to take out a bit of the heat, but feel free to leave it in if you like. Add the white vinegar. Check for seasoning.
  6. To finish off the dinner, I dress the beef like I would a taco. Warm some tortillas, make some guacamole, saute some beans, set out some limes, cheese, cilantro, and sour cream. If you are really feeling it, whip up some margaritas. Sit yourself down and have some really delicious barbacoa.

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  1. Erin Ledford

    March 24th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    what type of beef would you recommend? sirloin?

  2. bakedbree

    March 29th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I just asked for stewing meat at Whole Foods. I think something with a higher fat content than a sirloin, maybe a chuck roast?

  3. Nicole Fields

    March 26th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Bree- this looks FANTASTIC! I have got to ask Danny to make this for us!

  4. bakedbree

    March 29th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    This was one of the best dinners I have made in awhile. So good. And easy. I like easy.

  5. natalie

    July 30th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    hi bree, i was wondering how many this serves? i am going to make it for 4 adults and 6 kids on sunday. do you think doubling it would be enough? thank you

  6. bakedbree

    August 6th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    doubling it should be fine…

  7. Jema Peters

    September 12th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Hey Bree,

    On a scale of 1-10 how spicy is this? I love Barbacoa and really like it to be spicy too.

    Thanks!

  8. bakedbree

    September 12th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Maybe a 4-5? You definitely could add more spice to it to suit your taste.

  9. Heather Noel

    September 15th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I am so excited to try this. Im not very good in the kitchen and I just got married, I am really trying to take that next stap as “wifey” lol. The way your blog is set up with the photos and specifics make me feel like I can do it. I dont feel as intimidated by the recipe as excited about trying it and exploring what gets people so excited about cooking. I am glad I found your blog, its a great place for me to start, so Thanks!! Im sure its going to be amazing (as long as I dont burn the house down!) hehe

  10. bakedbree

    September 15th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I am so glad that you like it. If you can read, you can cook, you will be great!

  11. kate

    October 5th, 2010 at 7:42 am

    would this be good in the slow cooker?

  12. bakedbree

    October 7th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Absolutely! I would cook it low and slow.

  13. Chris Stewart

    January 10th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    OMG this looks amazing!!! I will be making this soon. VERY SOON!!! Thanks for sharing this!!

  14. bakedbree

    January 10th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    It is really good… not to mention super easy.

  15. marlene

    January 15th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    i plan on cooking this in my crock pot. i know to brown the beef/onion before…. so does this mean i add the vinegar when it finishes right before serving?

  16. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    yes, finish it with the vinegar.

  17. Suzy

    May 5th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Oooo! That’s a fabulous idea for Cinco de Mayo-and change from our normal tacos. I’m going to give this a try this afternoon. Thanks!

  18. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I love this recipe, easy to make and a nice change from the same old taco.

  19. bee

    November 30th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    You forgot to tell us how to use the vinager ,

  20. bakedbree

    December 1st, 2011 at 12:23 am

    No I didn’t, it is right above the picture of the guacamole.

  21. Penny

    January 20th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I have a question about the whole cloves. Do you at some point take them out? Or do they not stay hard after cooking for a long time?

  22. bakedbree

    January 23rd, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I pick them out after it is done, along with the bay leaves.

  23. Becca

    July 14th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Oh goodness, I love me some Barbacoa at Chipotle..and this will surely save me some money there! Mix up a little cilantro rice and corn salsa and I’ll never leave home again, except to buy more beef. Thanks for sharing!

  24. bakedbree

    July 15th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Me too! This def takes care of a chipotle fix.

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