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