Chef Becky’s Barbacoa Shredded Beef Tacos, Perfect for Tailgating and Cinco de Mayo!

Barbacoa:  Slow-Cooked Shredded Beef Tacos – Slow cooked beef in a rich and flavorful sauce…this will be your go-to recipe for parties, tailgating, and Cinco de Mayo!

Serves 8

  • 5 pounds chuck roast, trimmed of fat and cut into 8 to 10 pieces
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Sauce
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 4 teaspoons garlic
  • 4 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 small chipotle chilies, in adobo
  • Other Components for your Taco Bar
  • Corn tortillas
  • Fresh lime, cut into wedges
  • Raw onion, finely chopped
  • Cilantro
  • Mexican sour cream
  • Special tools:  crock pot and blender
  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil.  Season the meat with kosher salt and black pepper.  Sear the meat on all sides.  You will need to do this in two batches.  Place the bay leaves in the bottom of the crock pot.  Place the seared meat on top of the bay leaves.
  2. For the sauce, combine the cider vinegar, chipotle chilies, garlic, cumin, Mexican oregano, salt, pepper, and cloves in a blender.  Blend until well combined.
  3. Pour sauce over the meat.  Cover and cook on low heat for 10 hours.
  4. Remove meat from sauce and let cool for a few minutes.  Be sure to find all 3 bay leaves and discard them.  Shred the meat with your hands and then add it back to the sauce.  Set the crock pot to “keep warm” and then prepare the other ingredients for your taco bar:  onion, cilantro, steamed corn tortillas, and sour cream.