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chipotle barbacoa recipe

Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe

Author Stefanie Fauquet


  • 4 lb Chuck Roast trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 4 tsp Cumin
  • 3 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 4 Chipotle Peppers from canned Chipotles in Adobo Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Adobo Sauce from canned Chipotles in Adobo Sauce
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice


  1. To make the sauce combine vinegar, lime juice, chipotle peppers, Adobo sauce, garlic, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt and cloves in a blender or food processor on high speed until smooth.
  2. Cut meat into 6-8 pieces.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Sear all sides of the meat to get a nice crust.
  5. Place meat in slow cooker.
  6. Cover with sauce from blender.

  7. Pour in chicken broth and add bay leaves.
  8. Cover and cook 5 hours on high (or 8 hours on low).
  9. Remove the bay leaves.
  10. While still in the slow cooker, shred the meat with two forks and turn the heat to low and allow to cook for 1 more hour.
  11. Serve with your favorite burrito toppings!