Chipotle Barbacoa Beef (Copycat)
Spicy, seasoned beef cooked low and slow to tender perfection! Your favorite Mexican take out! You’ll love this amazingly easy copycat version of the famous Chipotle Barbacoa Beef Burrito so you can feed a large crowd and save 80% the price!
Chipotle is a definite guilty pleasure for me. I mean, since my freshman year in college (my high school years were dedicated to the deliciousness of Baja Fresh) it has been the go to place when friends wanted Mexican food in Washington DC and we were too poor to afford Guapos. You could go to Chipotle, have them make you a burrito (literally the size of your head) and make three meals out of one burrito! Extra bonus points if you could also make them use a second piece of foil to wrap it.
Then there was the sheer genius idea someone came up with to get people to make the quesorrito and make the burrito with a quesadilla wrapped around it instead of one tortilla. I could never do this one because I already get “calorie-anxious” about Chipotle and I know how many calories are in just a SINGLE tortilla. Doubling it up and adding more cheese to the middle is more than I can handle. And of course, my favorite hack, making the burrito bowl with the tortilla on the side. This has been proven to give you up to 40% MORE food than that size of your head burrito. Who needs 3 full meals when you can have 5!
But if you are reading this and you’re like, “Forget those lines, I want to make it myself!” then you are in the right place! I totally have your back! And, you can make way more servings and make this into a party! We’ve hosted a few Chipotle parties and they are always a hit. I buy gigantic tortillas, line up all the items and serve up lots of Corona beers with a bowl full of lemon and lime wedges. Want to come over and party with us? 😉
In fact as I type this I can taste the flavors in my mouth even though I didn’t just eat this dish today. It is authentically special to Chipotle, just like In-N-Out is authentically special to them. So when something has a completely unique flavor, figuring it out and being able to enjoy it at home is a wonderful thing! Especially when the restaurant is so cool that they release a recipe for their authentic guacamole which is one of my favorite things ever.
What can I say? This recipe is the foundation of an AMAZING Chipotle Meal!
Here is how you layer it:
Chipotle Cilantro-Lime Rice
Chipotle Jalapeno Lime Corn Salad
Chipotle Barbacoa Beef (You’re here!)
Chipotle Guacamole (Authentic Recipe!)
Guapos Salsa (Authentic Recipe!)
C’mon, how great does that look?
This recipe is a joy to make and the foundation of an amazing party menu! Set out a table full of these items and you’ll see how the party instantly recenters itself around the table. Even better, cut up some small corn tortillas and fry them up. Add some lime juice and salt and bake at 350 degrees for 3 minutes for an authentic side dish.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add the vinegar, lime juice, chipotles in adobo sauce, garlic, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt, ground cloves, and process until small homogenous chunks occur. Trim your beef, add vegetable oil to a large dutch oven and heat on high. Sear the beef on all sides until deeply browned. Pour over the beef and spread on it evenly. Add chicken broth on the sides of the beef so you don’t make the topping fall off. You can either cook in your slow cooker on low for 7 hours. In the oven, you can cook at 325 degrees for 3-4 hours until fork tender in your favorite dutch oven. I mean c’mon, how crispy, crusty and full of flavor does this beef look?!
Chipotle Barbacoa Beef Burrito (Copycat)
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic cloves
- 4 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 3 chipotle chiles in adobo
- 5 lbs chuck roast
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Add the vinegar, lime juice, chipotle, garlic, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt, ground cloves, and process until small homogenous chunks occur.
Trim your beef, add vegetable oil to a large dutch oven and heat on high.
Sear the beef on all sides until deeply browned
Pour over the beef and spread on it evenly.
Add chicken broth on the sides of the beef so you don't make the topping fall off.
You can either cook in your slow cooker on low for 7 hours.
In the oven, you can cook at 325 degrees for 3-4 hours until fork tender.
Recipe NotesAdapted from Food.com
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