Spicy, seasoned beef cooked low and slow to tender perfection! Layered in a huge burrito, enjoy your favorite Mexican take out for much less!
It’s easy and inexpensive to make your favorite meaty Mexican Food takeout recipes at home. Once you try this Chipotle copycat burrito, you’ll want to also make Pork Carnitas, Tacos Al Pastor, and Beef Enchiladas just like at a restaurant.
Tender beef is braised slowly with garlic, oregano, cumin, cloves, bay leaves, and of course, chipotles in adobo, to make the most flavorful and authentic beef you’ll ever taste. 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 definitely a guilty pleasure for most, and for good reason. You can 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 can also make them use a second piece of foil to wrap it.
But if you are reading this and you’re thinking, “Forget those lines, I want to make it myself!” then you are in the right place! The best part of making Chipotle copycat burritos at home is that you can customize how you want to serve it, as well as the portions. Get smaller tortillas to make a mini version of the huge burritos, or serve it in a bowl with tortillas on the side. And, you can make way more servings and make this into a party!
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. Don’t forget to serve up lots of Corona beers with a bowl full of lemon and lime wedges.
The flavors of this recipe are authentically special to Chipotle, just like In-N-Out is authentically special to them. 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 the best things ever. This recipe is the foundation of an AMAZING Chipotle Meal!
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How to Make Chipotle Barbacoa Beef Copycat
- 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.
How to Store Chipotle Barbacoa Beef Burrito Copycat
- Serve: Do not leave cooked beef at room temperature longer than 2 hours.
- Store: Store the burrito ingredients separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Heat up a fresh tortilla and assemble a burrito just before serving.
- Freeze: Barbacoa Beef can be frozen up to 4 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat to serve with fresh burrito ingredients.
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic cloves
- 4 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 teaspoon coarse 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 sauce mixture 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.
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