Smoky Chipotle Beef Barbacoa (Kyocera Knife Set Giveaway!)

Smoky, succulent beef barbacoa – just like Chipotle’s!


Do you have a designated taco night in your household?  Lately, there has been at least one day each week when we eat tacos for lunch or dinner, but I can’t complain about it!  The problem is…in order to make that intensely flavorful, slow-simmered, fork-tender meat filling, it usually requires advance planning like marinating the meat overnight, or allowing the meat to simmer in a slow cooker for the entire day.

Two weeks ago, I decided one day at 4pm that I wanted to make beef barbacoa tacos that same evening (my attempt at menu planning…) and after some experimentation, I think I’ve got the right recipe for a weeknight beef barbacoa taco dinner.  Beef chuck is seared and then slow-cooked in a smoky, spicy combination of chipotle peppers in adobo and hatch chiles, creating perfectly moist and succulent Mexican shredded beef.  This dish turned out so well that I knew I had to share it with you.


The meat is so versatile.  You can use it as a filling in tacos, quesadillas, burritos, or burrito rice bowls.  Even though it was just for the two of us, I made the full recipe so that it would be enough for two meals.  It makes for amazing leftovers!  We had the second serving for lunch this past weekend and it was as good as the first time.


Smoky Chipotle Beef Barbacoa

Serves: 6


2 chipotle peppers in adobo
1 4-oz can diced green chiles
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp brown sugar
2 plum tomatoes, quartered
1 small white onion, quartered
8 cloves garlic, peeled
2 lbs beef chuck, fat trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup cilantro (leaves and stems), tied with a kitchen twine

In a blender or food processor, combine chipotle peppers, hatch chiles, chili powder, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, brown sugar, tomatoes, onion, and garlic. Blend until smooth. Set aside.

In a heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven, cook beef in oil over medium high heat until all sides are browned. Pour reserved mixture over top. Add bay leaves and cilantro. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for 2 hours, adding up to 1 cup of water if the sauce gets too thick. Discard bay leaves and cilantro, and shred meat with two forks. Return shredded meat to the sauce and season with salt to taste. Serve with tortillas and your choice of toppings.


Now for the good part — I have a giveaway for you!  One reader will receive a Kyocera 2-Piece Ceramic Knife Set (in either red, as pictured above, or green), which comes with a 5.5-inch Santoku and a 3-inch paring knife.  To enter, just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.  The giveaway ends on July 25 at 11:59PM.  Good luck!

The giveaway is now over — thanks for entering and congrats to Jaclynn C! 

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  1. Jess Prinelli says:


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  5. Alicia B says:

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  8. angela cunningham says:

    I like the green

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    I prefer green.

  24. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I have a couple of kitchen appliances in red, so I will pick red.

  25. Holly Guerrio says:

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  27. wilson king says:


  28. I would pick green

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  60. Karen Deva says:

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  64. I would love the green Kyocera 2-Piece Ceramic Knife Set , fresh for summer!

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  66. kathy d says:


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  68. I would prefer the green! :)

  69. I like the red color the best, it would go well with my kitchen.

  70. tina reynolds says:

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  71. I would prefer the green, it would match some handles we already have and my kitchen walls! Thanks!

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  73. Allison says:

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  75. green

  76. I prefer the red.

  77. I would like green.

  78. Green please!:)

  79. Kristina S. says:

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  80. Deborah Gardner says:

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  81. Lisa V. says:

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  82. I prefer green :}

  83. Nataly Carbonell says:

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  84. Natalie Brown says:

    Hi! My kitchen is red and green. I like the green better. Thanks!

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  89. I would love the green.

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  91. Jaclynn C says:

    Red, please

  92. Amanda B says:

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  93. red

  94. Diane Baum says:

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  95. Red!

  96. Definitely the RED for me!

  97. Debra Hall says:

    i would prefer the green

  98. Jennifer K says:

    love the green! favorite color

  99. Green

  100. Jill Myrick says:

    I would love to have the red knife set.


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  102. I like the green.

  103. CJ Godfrey says:

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  104. Eugenia Hall says:

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  105. Brenda A Saball says:

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  106. Erica B. says:

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  107. Leslie L Stanziani says:

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  108. I like red

  109. Karen Drake says:

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  110. cynthia Painter says:

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  111. I prefer Red, most of my kitchen is red actually.

  112. I prefer the green. Thank you.

  113. Shelby Veri says:

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  114. Erin Madigan says:

    I would love the red set!

  115. Cathy Burnett says:

    I would love the Red to match my kitchen.

  116. I would appreciate either color. But green is my favorite color, so if I had to choose I would pick that.


  117. Red

  118. Kelly H. says:

    I would choose the green.

  119. I like the red

  120. I prefer the red!

  121. Danielle W says:


  122. I prefer’s my favorite color

  123. Peggy Rydzewski says:

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  124. syncingcoin says:

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  125. Tammy Dalley says:

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  126. red for me

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  128. Carol M (Lushka S) says:

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  130. Shannon says:

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  131. Connie Tucker says:

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  136. I think I would prefer the green knives.

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  138. willitara says:

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  146. Margot C says:

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  148. Kassie Brown says:

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  149. Bryan E. says:

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  150. Irene Newstead says:

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