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Chipotle Mexican Grill™ Barbacoa Burritos

Chipotle Mexican Grill™ Barbacoa Burritos

Chipotle Mexican Grill describes their Barbacoa as a spicy shredded beef slowly braised in a chipotle adobo along with cumin, garlic, cloves and oregano. It’s a delicious and flavorful beef that can be used for a number of entrees including tacos, enchiladas and more.

In Mexico, barbacoa is traditionally cooked in a pit and buried for hours with moist dirt.  It’s often part of a wedding celebration and will be made with goat meat.  If you want a nice twist on one of my favorite restaurant recipes, substitute pork roast for the beef.  You can actually make them at the same time and offer up a nice variety.

Chipotle Mexican Grill™ Barbacoa Burritos
  • ⅓ 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)
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 tomatoes - diced
  • ½ cup red onion - diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro - diced
  • 2 Tbsp jalapenos - diced
  • 2 Tbs lime juice - or just squeeze some lime over until it's flavored right.
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 cans (15 oz each) pinto beans - canned are fine or make some fresh.
  • 3 Tbs bacon fat - cook up about 4 pieces of bacon and you should have enough.
  • ½ tsp oregano - dried Mexican variety is best.
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup cilantro - chopped
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 8 Flour Tortillas - 12"
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • guacamole - if desired
  • sour cream - if desired
  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.
  2. Cut the roast up into several smaller pieces and remove any excess fat.
  3. In a large dutch oven, heat approximately 2 tbsp of oil and cook each side of the pieces of meat until lightly browned.
  4. Pour the adobo sauce sauce over the meat and ad in the chicken broth and bay leaves.
  5. Cover and let simmer for about 4 hours, turning every 30 to 40 minutes.
  6. Uncover and cook an additional 1 to 2 hours until the meat is easily pulled apart.
  7. While the baracoa is cooking, prepare the pico de gallo by combining all of the listed ingredients in a large bowl.
  8. Let this chill in the refrigerator until everything is ready to serve.
  9. In a medium pan heat the bacon fat over a medium to medium low heat and add in the pinto beans and oregano.
  10. Simmer for 45 minutes stirring periodically. Cover and lit sit until you're ready to assemble the burritos.
  11. In another large sauce pan prepare the rice. Combine the water, rice, salt and butter.
  12. Bring the water and rice to a boil and then cover.
  13. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  14. Remove the cover and stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Cover and let sit until you're ready to make your burritos.
  15. To make your burrito, start with a warmed flour tortilla. This is best done on a dry skillet or in a ziplock bag in the microwave. It shouldn't take more than a minute, but keep an eye it so you don't overheat them.
  16. Place a good pile of the barbacoa in the middle of the burrito. Next put a few spoons of the rice, beans and then the pico de gallo. If you'd like cheese, guacamole and/or sour cream, place that on top.
  17. Fold in both sides of the tortilla and then roll up as tight as possible from bottom to top, keeping the sides closed in as you go. There's a bit of an art to it, so you may have to practice some. If you mess up, start over. Or enjoy it in bowl.

nena verdugo
nena verdugo

This is not barbacoa its shredded roast . Barbacoa is made primarily from cheek meat. This is the lazygringo version of a Mexican dish .


I just made the Barbacoa and it was phenomenal. I used a slow cooker though and it tasted just like at Chipotle!


made this last night , and the rice.....It tasted just like Chipolte. I would just leave out some of the chipolte peppers. But fantastic job!


Made this tonight for supper as the closest chipotle is over 4 hours away and the barbacoa is pretty good. A must try!


The beef was delicious, I can not help but thank you for sharing such an amazing recipe! Pictures


Do you think beef stock would work better than the chicken broth?


I love this i make it all the time and put it in the fridge!! so i can have it when ever i get that chipotle craving!


these were awesome. I recently moved to an area where chipotle is more than just a hungered stumble away, so this really hit the spot. I used a crockpot to cook the beef. I also used the same ingredient mixture with pork shoulder to make carnitas. Also I made black beans instead of pinto. My only complaint is that the recipe calls for way too much butter in the rice. you could probably half it.

Mike T
Mike T

Being a huge fan of Chipotle, I am looking forward to trying this recipe.

Chef Pablo
Chef Pablo

Nena, You're absolutely right, this is not traditional Mexican barbacoa. It's meant to taste the same as Chipotle barbacoa. I'm a huge fan of authentic Mexican food and I agree, in America, we have changed a lot of the traditional Mexican recipes. But, again... this isn't supposed to be traditional Mexican barbacoa. Thanks for visiting. Pablo

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