Chipotle Barbacoa step by step Recipe

Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe

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Chipotle Barbacoa is known for its delicious taste, with a perfect blend of smoky, spicy, and tangy flavors. The main ingredient is the chipotle pepper. Its smokiness gives the meat a rich, earthy flavor, while the spices used in the recipe add richness and complexity. The good news is, that making Chipotle Barbacoa at home is easier than you think. With just a few simple steps, you can recreate the unique spicy, smoky flavor in your kitchen. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with this homemade Chipotle Barbacoa recipe!

Chipotle Barbacoa is a culinary adventure, bringing together the bold flavors of chipotle peppers and tender beef. It's fantastic that you're exploring the realm of making it at home! The combination of smokiness, spice, and tang in this dish truly makes it a standout.

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What is Chipotle Barbacoa?

Chipotle Barbacoa is a hot and spicy dish made with chipotle peppers, a type of smoked and dried jalapeño. Thanks to this ingredient, the meat is flavorful and tasty and melts in your mouth. Moreover, chipotle Barbacoa is easy to make. The resulting meat is often used in tacos, burritos, and bowls, or served with salad mix and tortilla chips, offering a delightful and robust eating experience.

Chipotle Barbacoa Ingridients

Chipotle Barbacoa Ingredients

  • Beef shoulder blade: You can also take breastbone or neck. 
  • Chipotle peppers in Adobio sauce:  You will need 4 peppers. Also, add a little sauce from the jar for a better flavor of the sauce.
  • Beef broth: Meat requires moisture to retain its tenderness. For a more robust flavor, opt for beef broth instead of water when preparing barbacoa meat.
  • Garlic: Use the garlic to contribute its aromatic and pungent notes to the dish.
  • Dry ground jalapeño pepper: You can adjust the spiciness of the sauce yourself with jalapeño pepper.
  • Cumin: Engage the sauce’s taste with cumin.
  • Cane sugar: Sugar adds sweetness and balances the spice of the dish.
  • Wine vinegar: Provides sauce with acidity and depth of flavor.
  • Greens: Use dill and parsley to add a fragrant and herbaceous note to the dish.
  • Cherry tomatoes: Contrast the rich flavors of the meat with a burst of sweetness and acidity.
  • Olive oil: Use olive oil because it is widely available.
  • Salad mix: Salad is the best granite for the neat because it adds freshness. 
  • Tortilla chips: Use tortilla chips to add crunch and texture to your dish.
  • Lime: It adds citrusy brightness and a tangy flavor.

How to Make Chipotle Barbacoa?

Let’s take a look at a detailed chipotle barbacoa recipe with photos that will help you visualize each step of the preparation.

Chipotle Barbacoa Cooking Steps 1-4


Chipotle Barbacoa Cooking Steps 5-8

  1. First, you need to prepare the sauce. Pure about 25 ounces of broth in a blender. Add seasonings, sugar, chipotle peppers, garlic, and vinegar. Beat with a blender until smooth. 
  2. Add the remaining broth and blend again. Leave the mixture to rest.
  3. To prepare the side dish, chop the tomatoes and greens and mix them together.
  4. Add fresh lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. The side dish is ready!
  5. To prepare the meat, you need to cut it into pieces.
  6. Then heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meat and fry until golden brown on all sides.
  7. Transfer the meat to a deep baking dish and pour the sauce.
  8. Cover with a lid and place in an oven preheated to 266°F (130°C). Bake for 3 hours.
  9. Place the meat with the sauce on a plate and serve it with pickled tomatoes, a salad mix, and chips.

Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe

Storage Instructions

You can store leftover beef barbacoa in the refrigerator for up to 4-6 days.

If you want to store beef barbacoa for a long time, you can easily freeze the recipe for later use. Place the meat and liquid in a Ziploc bag or airtight container and freeze. It will keep well in the freezer for up to 4-6 months, so you can easily thaw it for a quick and delicious dinner any time.

A wonderful main dish, rich in protein, as well as iron and vitamin C, making it suitable not only for a healthy diet but also for the treatment and prevention of iron-deficiency anemia. Pair Chipotle Barbacoa with a side of any whole grain cereal or potatoes, as well as fresh vegetables, and you'll have a nutritious, healthy lunch.

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Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe
5/5 (2)
Author:Vadim Rachok
Chipotle barbecue recipe. Easy and tasty barbacoa meat!
Chipotle Barbacoa step by step Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
The ingredients you need
35 ounces (1 kg) beef shoulder blade
4 Chipotle peppers in Adobio sauce
25 ounces (700g) beef broth
4 cloves garlic
0,1 ounces (3 g) dry ground jalapeño pepper
0,07 ounces (2 g) cumin
1,5 ounces (40 g) cane sugar
1 ounce (30 g) wine vinegar
0,7 ounces (20 g) greens (dill, parsley)
5 ounces (150 g) cherry tomatoes
1 ounce (30 g) olive oil
1,8 ounces (50 g) salad mix
1,8 ounces (50 g) tortilla chips
1,5 ounces (40 g) lime
Let’s start !

1. To make the sauce, pure 25 ounces of broth in a blender. Add seasonings, sugar, chipotle peppers (4 pieces), garlic, and vinegar.


2. Beat with a blender and add the rest of the broth. Leave the mixture to rest.


3. To prepare the side dish, hop the tomatoes and greens; mix together.


4. Add fresh lime, olive oil, salt and pepper.


5. To prepare the meat, cut the meat into pieces.


6. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meat and fry until golden brown on all sides.


7. Transfer the meat to a deep baking dish and pour the sauce.


8. Cover the dish with a lid and place it in the oven. Bake at 266°F (130°C) for 3 hours.


9. Place the meat with the sauce on a plate and serve it with pickled tomatoes, a salad mix, and chips.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories: 244
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g18%
Saturated Fat 4g21%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 449mg20%
Total Carbohydrate 7g3%
Dietary Fiber 2g5%
Total Sugars 3g 
Protein 22g 
Vitamin C 6mg29%
Calcium 44mg3%
Iron 4mg22%
Potassium 277mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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Watch How To Make It

To enhance the flavors, consider marinating the beef in the chipotle sauce overnight before cooking. This allows the meat to absorb the rich and complex notes, resulting in a more deeply flavored Chipotle Barbacoa. Additionally, don't rush the cooking process – slow and low is the key to achieving that melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. Patience will be rewarded with a dish that captures the essence of this classic Mexican delight. Enjoy your culinary journey!

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