I have a confession to make. I have never tried Chipotle’s Beef Barbacoa. Oh sure, I’ve been to Chipotle a million times. But I’m a more of a carnitas kind of a girl. So my family all thought it was a little odd when I came home with a chuck roast and announced I was going to make Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa. Oh ye of little faith! All three of them actually got off of the couch to come and check it out as I pulled it out of the crock pot…the house smelled delicious!
Anyone that knows me, knows I love tacos. I love carnitas tacos and ground beef tacos, black bean tacos and chicken tacos. I love flour tortillas, corn tortillas, hard shell and soft shell. I even love Taco Bell (I was once told my Disney Princess was Taco Belle…thanks Katie, I still get a chuckle out of that one). I will never pass up an opportunity to eat tacos. I will never pass up an opportunity to make tacos.
See-wanting to make slow cooker beef barbacoa wasn’t strange. Not strange at all.
There are a lot of recipes out there, but none that excited me. I wanted a bit of citrus combined with my spicy chipotle. I wanted to make sure the beef was easy to prepare, but had enough flavor that it could be eaten alone, without taco fixings. Well friends, I think I found exactly what I was looking for!
This recipe is perfect for those busy nights. You can easily start this in the morning and come home to a delicious dinner. I finished it off with flour tortillas, sautéed red peppers, red onions and cilantro. My teenager pronounced them the best tacos ever. My husband, not a fan of red pepper or onion, decided on the more traditional lettuce and cheese fixings. Totally versatile!
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Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa
- 3 pound chuck roast trimmed and cut into large chunks
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice
- 3 Tablespoons shallots roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 Tablespoons chipotle in adobo sauce chopped (if you prefer your meat spicy, add 1-2 additional Tablespoons)
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
Place orange juice, lime juice, shallots, garlic, chipotle, cumin, and salt into a blender.
Blend until mixture forms a thick sauce, set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add chunks of beef to hot skillet and sear 1-2 minutes on each side.
Place seared beef into a slow cooker.
Pour sauce over beef.
Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours, until meat is tender and falling apart.
Drain meat, keeping juices in a separate bowl.
Skim fat from juices and add desired amount back to meat.
Serve and enjoy!