If you love Chipotle, you’re going to love this copycat barbacoa beef. This was really easy and made my house smell amazing all day!
If you’re looking for a new slow cooker, this one is a favorite.
We love to serve this beef as filling for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, salads, or just “bowl style” over rice with vegetables on the side.
How to make slow cooker barbacoa beef
- Place garlic, onion, lime juice, cumin, oregano, chipotles, and cloves in a blender or food processor.
- Trim all fat off meat, cut into 4 inch chunks. Season with salt and pepper and brown on high heat in 1 teaspoon oil. If you’re short on time, you can skip this step, but it does give a nice depth to the flavor of the meat.
- Add liquefied spices, water, bay leaves and cook in a slow cooker on high for 4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours.
- Once cooked and the meat is tender, remove the meat and place in a dish. Shred it with two forks, and reserve the liquid for later (discard the bay leaf). Return the shredded meat to the pot, adjust salt and cumin (you may need to add more) to taste and add some of the reserved liquid back. Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes to let the flavors penetrate.
this recipe uses canned chipotles in adobo sauce (you can see the kind we prefer to use below) and calls for 2-4, depending how spicy you would like it. My kids don’t like spicy food, so I can usually only get away with one chipotle pepper and a little bit of adobo sauce.
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Pressure Cooker Instructions:
To make this in your Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot, place the oil in the bottom and use the Saute feature to brown the pieces of roast on all sides (you may need to do it in a few batches).
Return all the meat to the pot, pour the sauce over the meat and toss gently to coat. Replace the lid securely and set vent to “sealing.”
Cook on manual high pressure for 1 hour. Turn to “venting” for a quick release. Remove the bay leaves, shred meat, and serve as desired.
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