Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chipotle's Copycat Barbacoa

 

Chipotle's famous barbacoa is the Mexican barbecue of my dreams.  With this amazing copycat recipe (made in a crockpot) it can be a reality for you.  Seared beef is slow cooked in a spectacular spicy adobo sauce and combination of flavors that create the perfect moist and tender Mexican shredded beef.

My sister in law treated Chad and I to Chipotle's for lunch about 6 years ago and I have been hooked ever since.  As I have confessed before, I love the food at some restaurants, but for so many reasons eating out is completely lost on me.  Over the last few years I have created copycat recipes of Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice and Guacamole

Once again, I began researching and taste testing to develop my copycat recipe.  Once the dish was complete I hosted an awesome party and invited my friends to partake in a burrito bar starring our Chipotle's Copycat Barbacoa.  It's tender and moist seared beef, braised in an incredible blend of adobo, lime, cumin, garlic and oregano that come together to blow away any barbacoa you have ever tasted.

Burritos loaded with pico de gallo, Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice and Guacamole and barbacoa were the star of the party and our guests are patiently waiting on the recipe.  Well here it is.  Enjoy!

With love from our kitchen table to yours.

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http://theslowroasteditalian-printablerecipe.blogspot.com/2014/02/chipotles-copycat-barbacoa.html

Check out our favorite Chipotle's copycat burrito fillings.  Click on the link or image to open recipe in a new window.

http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2013/10/the-best-ever-guacamole-copycat-chipotle-restaurant-recipe.html
The Best Ever Guacamole Chipotle's Restaurant Copycat is loaded with fresh avocado and bits of onion, jalapeno and citrus juices to perfectly balance this mildly spicy guacamole.

http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2012/09/better-than-chipotle-cilantro-lime-rice.html

Copycat Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice - citrus juices and cilantro make for a very bright and scrumptious side dish!

http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2011/10/pico-de-gallo.html
Fresh Pico de Gallo is loaded with all your favorite salsa flavors!  Fresh plum tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, garlic and so much flavor it will blow your mind!!!

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Chipotle's Copycat Barbacoa
SERVES 12  |  ACTIVE TIME 15 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 6 Hours 15 Min

2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
3-4 pound chuck roast, fat trimmed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 bay leaves

Sauce
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
6 cloves garlic
4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoons ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground clove
4 chipotle peppers (from a can, packed in adobo sauce)
1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from the chipotle pepper can)
1 cup chicken broth (or 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon chicken base)
¼ cup fresh lime juice

Prepare roast.  Make sure all visible fat is trimmed.  Cut into 8 chunks.  Sprinkle all sides of cut beef with ½ of the salt (1 teaspoon), reserving the remaining 1 teaspoon.  Set aside.

In a blender or food processor combine the sauce ingredients.  Blend until smooth.  Set aside.  If you do not have a food processor or blender, see cook’s note.

Warm a heavy bottom pot over medium high heat, until water dripped over top sizzles.  Add oil.  Sear all sides of cut beef.  Once all sides are seared, place seared beef into slow cooker.  Set slow cooker temperature to high.  Pour sauce over top. Add bay leaves. Cook for 5-6 hours on high (or 8 hours on low) covered.

After about 5 hours (or 7 hours on low) shred beef using 2 forks to pull it apart.  Taste, and add additional teaspoon of salt (as needed), stir to completely coat in sauce.  Cover and cook for 1 more hour.  After this time you can serve and enjoy or turn slow cooker to warm until ready to serve.

To create burrito:  Layer* pico de gallo, Chipotle’s Copycat Cilantro Lime Rice and Chipotle’s Copycat Barbacoa on a large flour tortilla.  Additional toppings of Chipotle’s Copycat Guacamole, sour cream and cheddar cheese are also exceptional. *Click on link for recipes

Serve and enjoy!

*Cook’s note:  to prepare the sauce without a blender, mince the garlic and chipotle peppers.  Combine sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.

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Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2014 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

67 comments:

  1. We were excited to find your barbacoa recipe that is like Chipotle's and even more excited to see the other items you have developed to go with it too! Now we are planning our next office party like the bar you did and think it will be great. Thanks for the great recipe's;-)

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  2. Awesome! Let us know how it goes. Enjoy.

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  3. The recipe says to reserve 1tsp salt but then never says where to add it.

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    1. Except that yes, it does. "taste, and add additional teaspoon of salt (as needed)"

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    2. After about 5 hours (or 7 hours on low) shred beef using 2 forks to pull it apart. Taste, and add additional teaspoon of salt (as needed)

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    3. It is included in the 4th paragraph of prep, second sentence.

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  4. I believe you add the additional salt (if needed) after shredding the meat and combining
    it with the sauce, but before the last hour of cooking.

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  5. Wow... I used 4 CANS of chipole peppers in adobe..... reading fail... WAY too spicy

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    1. Oh yes. That would be awful. 4 chipotle peppers from 1 can. I would try it again, it is definitely worth it! Enjoy.

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    2. *in Nelson's voice while pointing at you* HA HA.

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    3. HA HA *IN NELSON'S VOICE WHILE POINTING AT YOU*

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  6. The smell will knock you back about 10 feet. Very strong! Doesn't remind me of chipotle's barbacoa at ALL.. :( Followed instructions to a T!

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    1. Wow, we have served this recipe to our Chipotle lovin' southwestern friends many times and it is always amazing. I am sorry to hear you had trouble. I would be more than happy to walk you through the recipe and see where it went wrong.

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  7. Absolutely delish! Making this for the third time in six weeks. As a Chipotle addict, this is the real deal and saves me so much $$$. Thanks!!

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    1. this was the review i was looking for, as some copycat recipes dont always taste the same.

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  8. Hi Donna, I made this earlier tonight, and loved it! I have a question though: I have a bunch of boneless skinless chicken breast laying around, and was wondering if I could substitute that for the chuck?

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    1. I am so happy you loved it! I would totally try it with the chicken. Let us know how it goes. I am thinking of doing the same. Enjoy!

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    2. I had a ton of extra sauces in the crockpot so I put a couple of chicken breasts in as well. Both the beef and the chicken tastes superb.

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  9. Loved the recipe, but will try cutting down on the chipotles next time. I loved it, but spice-phobic hubs was spice phobic. My son who claims to hate spicy at a lot of it, though (as well as the cilantro lime rice). We served ours as burrito bowls/salads as we didn't have tortillas large enough for the burritos.

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    1. Susan, I am so happy you all loved it. It would be perfect as a burrito bowl or salad too.

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  10. bay leaves: fresh or dried?
    thanks

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  11. I've made the barbacoa about 4 times now, and it's been delicious every time, and so tender. For a friend who likes his barbacoa spicy I sometimes add an extra chipotle pepper, but for me the recipe as written is just right. I love to serve it with the Cilantro Lime Rice.

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  12. Please stop posting these fabulous Chipotle copykat recipes. My husband has done very well with investing in Chipotle stock. Do you not care if I ever get to retire?

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    1. No. Nobody cares about your retirement. We are all worried about our own. Keep the recipes coming!

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    2. No. No one cares about your retirement. We are all worrying about our own. Keep the recipes coming!

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    3. I'm 8 hours from a Chipotle, you weren't getting my custom anyway.

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    4. Oy, please tell me you're joking or you're one selfish sob

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    5. lol, like a recipe will stop people from going to Chipotle! I hope that wasn't a serious post...some people!

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    6. JEEZ PEOPLE !!!! It's called HUMOR. Type the word "humor" in the Google machine and check out the results. Like our old friend The Joker always asks. "Why so seriousssssss ?" :D

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  13. My new favorite recipe!!!

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  14. Made it today, and it was AWESOME. I used about half of the garlic (personal preference) and a new pepper-flavored apple cider vinegar that had at the store. Fantastic!!

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  15. All I need now is their corn salsa recipe and I'm in heaven!

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    1. YES! That's what i want, too!

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  16. It's in my crockpot now and there are no words for how amazing my house smells!

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  17. Do you think this would work if i made the sauce and used chicken breast instead of roast?

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    1. It will work, but of course the flavor will be different and watch your cook time. Let us know how it goes. Enjoy!

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  18. Excellent recipe... crockpot makes all the difference.
    Roger Biduk

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  19. I'm about 5 hours into it (smells awesome). My question is, it seems to make a lot of "juice" more than sauce. Did you thicken yours at the end?

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    1. Once you pull the meat apart it will absorb the juices. Enjoy!

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  20. Can you please give me recommendations for slow cooker? I don't have any but would love to try this. I want something healthy, so no teflon cover pls

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  21. Please recommend a slow cooker. I am new to this and lots of choices outhere.

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  22. I used pork and added 2 thinly sliced onions and it was wonderfu;l. Thanks.

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  23. We moved to New Zealand last year and Chipotle is one of the things we miss most about the states! Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try this!

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  24. This was so good... and almost exactly like Chipotle's. Especially the next day. Also so easy.

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    1. How much meat did you use?

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  25. How much meat are you supposed to use?

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    1. Your answer is in line 2 of the ingredients list in the recipe above.

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    2. Clearly states in the recipe: 3 to 4 lb chuck roast!

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  26. For the folks using the leftover juice and/or substituting chicken, Chipotle uses thighs, not breasts. Marinated in adobo and then grilled.

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  27. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Tried all the side dishes too. All tasted awesome! My 11 yr old son gave it a thumbs up and said it was better than the Chipotle version. Sharing the recipe w/my family and friends.

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  28. I am going to try this with a Venison roast, I do not usually buy beef if I can help it. Should be delicious.

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  29. Way too spicy to the point all of us found it inedible!!! Tastes NOTHING like chipotles barbacoa!!! Complete waste of time!

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    1. Kaitlin, did you use 4 chipotles from the can or 4 cans of chipotles? Sorry to hear you had difficulty.

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    2. I agree... I used 4 peppers and 1tlb spoon of the sauce from the can... yikes! My mouth is on FIRE! I will try just 2 peppers next time.... my lips are burning I am in pain.... also i have copy cat this recipe from other sites before too...so not my first time

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  30. Nicely done. Made for a great taco night at our house today.

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  31. What size crock pot did you use? would a 4 quart one be large enough?

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  32. We used a pressure cooker to cut down the time after we brown the meat we added the rest of the ingredient's for an 1 hr and 30 min....it turned out great thanks for the recipe!!

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  33. Thank you for this recipe a total addictive hit in my family,it's expensive sometimes to go out and get Chipotle with a single income families of 6,this is so wonderful, and the great things you can do with the leftovers ,burritos, tostadas with beans and the meat topped with lettuce,or sopes.....so versatile.

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  34. This is a really good copycat. So good that I finished more than half of my first burrito before realizing I forgot the cheese. :) Thanks!

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  35. Tastes good with 1stp ofsalt but I am glad Ionly added 2 chipotle peppers and not 4. Might be too spicy for my small men (they'll get extra sour creme) but it is good for the adults. Thank you for sharing.

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  36. I loved this! I put it over a pork butt (had to get it used up) and it was so good! My linebacker boyfriend even loved it! I ate mine as a lettuce wrap with some cilantro, lime, and a little extra salsa!

    This is a new staple in our household!

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  37. OK, just thought I would add some facts. First off barbacoa is sheep, or mutton, cooked in a hole in the ground and has nothing like chipotle or the other ingredients. It is very tender mutton served for tacos, burritos or however you want to eat it. It's served with a consume made from the juices of the meat. It has nothing to do with beef or chipotle. It's also not mexican barbecue, it has nothing to do with barbecue. Common misconception of those in the us. What chipotles is calling barbacoa is not, it's shredded beef seasoned in chipotle sauce. We have shredded beef in chipotle sauce at home here in mexico, but it's totally different. Barbacoa you serve it's just meat, you make taco's, etc, add chopped onion, cilantro, salsa, etc. and eat with the consume. Nothing to do with barbecue. Just setting the record straight, there's a lot of mexican food in the us that is not really mexican food or misnamed as is this.

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  38. I never, ever comment on anything. Ever. But, this recipe needs to be praised. We've moved away from our beloved Chipotle and miss the barbacoa. I tried a few other copy cat recipes I found online and it just wasn't right. This recipe, however, nailed it. It tasted exactly like Chipotle (and I was lazy and didn't brown the meat). While this technically isn't barbacoa in the truest sense, it is in the Chipotle sense. If you're looking for an authentic "barbacoa" this isn't it. If you're looking for a Chipotle barbacoa, then this is the ONLY recipe to use. Thank you!

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  39. Just wanted to say thank you again for a great meal. We follow the recipe to the letter and it comes out perfect every time. Thank you so much!

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