Chipotle Mexican Grill™ Barbacoa Beef Recipe

  • Yield : 1 Lg. Bowl
  • Servings : 8-12
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 6:000 h
  • Ready In : 7:000 h

This is the shredded beef Chipotle Mexican Grill uses in their Barbacoa burritos.  It’s slowly braised in a chipotle adobo with garlic, cumin, oregano and cloves. It’s an amazing flavor combination that not only works great in burritos but also makes for great tacos, enchiladas and more.

Here is the recipe for making the Chipotle Barbacoa Burritos.

You’ll also need to make up a batch of their delicious cilantro lime rice to make those burritos complete.


  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 3-4 chipotle peppers - canned
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano - dried Mexican variety is best
  • 1 ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground clove
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4-5 lbs beef roast (chuck roast is fine)
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves


Step 1

Combine the lime juice, vinegar, chipotle peppers, garlic, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt and clove in a blender (you can also use a food processor) and blend at the highest speed until it's smooth and creamy.

Step 2

Cut the roast up into approximately 2" pieces and remove any excess fat.

Step 3

In a large dutch oven, heat approximately 2 tbsp of oil and cook each side of the pieces of meat until lightly browned.

Step 4

Pour the adobo sauce sauce over the meat and ad in the chicken broth and bay leaves. Cover and let simmer for about 4 hours, turning every 30 to 40 minutes.

Step 5

Uncover and cook an additional 1 to 2 hours until the meat is easily pulled apart.

Step 6

Serve with a side of rice and beans or use to make Chipotle Barbacoa Burritos.

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