Best Budget Barbacoa Recipe: This Is How to Use a Chuck Roast by 30Seconds Food

Best Budget Barbacoa Recipe: This Is How to Use a Chuck Roast

Barbacoa is an authentic Mexican dish that is made with goat, beef or lamb. This easy barbacoa recipe is made with an inexpensive chuck roast and cooked low and slow in a slow cooker. The slow-cooked beef is flavorful and a perfect filling for tacos.

Grab a pen and jot down these ingredients then head to store! You are going to want to make this barbacoa beef recipe ASAP. You'll need the following ingredients for this budget recipe: a chuck roast, onion, garlic, a can of chopped green chiles, a can of chipotles in adobo sauce, ground cumin, dried oregano, beef broth, apple cider vinegar, fresh lime juice and bay leaves. That's it!

Serve this barbacoa beef with your favorite side dishes or shred and make it into amazing tacos. You just elevated taco night!

Fun Fact: According to The Food Network, "even though many of us associate barbacoa with Mexican cuisine, the term and the cooking style originated in the Caribbean with the native Taino people, and many food historians agree that all forms of barbecue in the Americas are descendants of this style of cooking."

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Cuisine: Mexican / Caribbean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 to 8 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes plus 6 to 8 hours

Servings: 6 to 8


For Serving

  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • chopped onion
  • sliced avocado
  • flour or corn tortillas

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Recipe Notes

  • Any roast will work for this barbacoa recipe.
  • Squeeze your own fresh lime juice. Fresh is best!

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Season the roast with salt and pepper. Put it into a slow cooker.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. 
  3. Cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours. 
  4. Shred the meat. Serve in tortillas with desired toppings. 

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Elisa Schmitz
A fiesta for the senses. How amazing!
Julie Rose
This looks delicious! 😍
Love barbacoa. It’s amazing.

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