Barbacoa Beef

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Tender, shredded beef with tons of delicious flavor, made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. This Barbacoa Beef is great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.

Tender, shredded beef with tons of delicious flavor, made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. This Barbacoa Beef is great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.

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Creating recipes and learning to photograph food has been one of the most fun and most challenging things that I have ever done. I have always put great value on sleep. Meaning, if there has been something in the way of me receiving 8 hours of beauty rest, I am not a happy camper. Until now.

Editing photos and writing posts after the kids go to bed has cut into my sleep time, but it’s so much fun, I don’t even care. I find myself yawning in the shower and thinking about cardamom, or the pros and cons of my camera lenses.

I think about you reading this and making the recipe …I get a little nervous wondering if it turned out okay …. but then someone sends me a photo of them smiling and eating it, and I’m just happy.

Tender, shredded beef with tons of delicious flavor, made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. This Barbacoa Beef is great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.

This brings me to some thoughts and questions …. when it comes to food, I tend to make main courses on the healthy side, and dessert on the well, dessert side.

Would you like nutrition labels for these recipes? Would like to see them labeled with any particular diet such as ‘vegetarian’, ‘keto’, etc? Divided by things such as ‘under 1 hour’, ‘weeknight’, etc?

And, is there anything in particular you’d like to see? Meaning, “more salads”, “Mediterranean food”, “Nutella mousse in a cake with chocolate ganache”, etc? If you have a thought, I’ve love to hear it so feel free to leave it in the comments or send me an e-mail.

Tender, shredded beef with tons of delicious flavor, made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. This Barbacoa Beef is great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.

Barbacoa Beef

And finally, that brings me to today’s recipe: Barbacoa Beef. I ate barbacoa beef for the first time a year or so ago. My husband was interested in having it, so we found some recipes on the internet, and he made it.

While the dinner was cooking, it had a divine smell. I could not wait to eat it. Then, I ate, and was a little disappointed …. the smell was better than the flavor. I wanted the flavor to match that smell so badly.

After some experimentation and adjustments, this recipe was born. The smell matches the flavor with this recipe!

This last time I made it, I used four chipotle peppers… it was on the upper end of my spice comfort level. If you don’t love spice, I would certainly them back.

Given it’s made in a slow cooker or Instant Pot, it’s quick and easy to put together, so great for busy weeknights!

Tender, shredded beef with tons of delicious flavor, made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. This Barbacoa Beef is great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.
Tender, shredded beef with tons of delicious flavor, made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. This Barbacoa Beef is great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.

Barbacoa Beef (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)

Tender, shredded beef with tons of delicious flavor, made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. This Barbacoa Beef is great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.
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Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 470
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Ingredients

  • 2-3 pound beef chuck roast
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons garlic cloves
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 2 large carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2-4 tbsp chipotle peppers in adobe sauce chopped (number depending on preferred spice level)
  • 1.5 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions

Instant Pot Directions:

  • Salt and pepper all sides of chuck roast to taste. Turn Instant Pot on saute and heat olive oil. Lightly brown beef on all sides, about 1 minute per side. Remove and set aside.
  • Add onion and saute until softened, about 4-5 minutes.Stir in rest of ingredients.
  • Add beef back into mixture
  • Cook on high for 60 minutes and let natural release for 15 minutes.
  • Remove beef from pot and shred beef with two forks.
  • Use immersion blender, or put sauce into blender, and blend until smooth.
  • Mix sauce and shredded beef together.
  • Serve over cilantro lime rice or in tacos.

Slow Cooker Directions:

  • Salt and pepper all sides of chuck roast to taste. Heat olive oil in large sauce pan over medium heat. Lightly brown beef on all sides, about 1 minute per side. Remove and set aside.
  • Add onion and saute until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in rest of ingredients.
  • Transfer sauce and beef to slow cooker. Cook on high for 5-6 hours, or low 8-9 hours.
  • Remove beef from slow cooker and shred beef with two forks.
  • Use immersion blender, or put sauce into blender, and blend until smooth.
  • Mix sauce and shredded beef together.
  • Serve over cilantro lime rice or in tacos.

Notes

Serve with Cilantro Lime Rice and top with Restaurant Style Blender Salsa or Corn Salsa for a delicious meal!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/8th recipe | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.2g | Protein: 31.2g | Saturated Fat: 13.2g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 1.2g | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3.4mg

Disclaimer: All nutritional information provided on this website is an estimate only and is not guaranteed.

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If you enjoyed this Barbacoa Beef, you might also enjoy these other SugarSpicesLife recipes:

Cilantro Lime Rice
Roasted Vegetables and Chicken Risotto (Instant Pot or Stove Top)
Salisbury Steak
Chicken and Andouille Sausage Burritos
Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Tender, shredded beef with tons of delicious flavor, made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. This Barbacoa Beef is great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.

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Adrianne - Sweet Caramel Sunday
June 10, 2018 2:15 am

Yummo! This looks delicious. I could have a big bowl of it tonight!


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