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Barbacoa beef in flour tortillas

Barbacoa Street Tacos

Chuck roast that has been simmered to perfection is what really sets these tacos apart. If you've never had Barbacoa Street Tacos before, then you are in for a real treat! If you are looking for a new spin on Taco Tuesday, then this recipe is it!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Barbacoa Beef, Barbacoa Beef Tacos, Mexican dishes, Skillet Barbacoa Beef, Street Tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
3 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 13 minutes
Servings 12
Cost 15.69


  • Skillet
  • Blender
  • Knife
  • cutting board


  • 2 - 3 lb. beef chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 4.5 oz green chilies chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 fresh limes squeezed


  • street tacos
  • tomatoes optional
  • shredded lettuce optional
  • sour cream optional
  • cilantro optional


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
    Heat a cast-iron skillet or heavy skillet to medium-high heat. Add in your favorite oil. Liberally season both sides of the meat with kosher salt and black pepper. Let the meat brown on each side for approximately 3 to 4 minutes until it gets a sear on all sides.
  • In a blender, add the chopped onion, minced garlic, tomato paste, chipotle peppers, and some of the adobo sauce that was in the can, brown sugar, ground cumin, ground cloves, oregano, and green chilies. Put the lid on and turn the blender to blend or pulse. Once everything is blended, pour it on top of the beef roast. Then add the bay leaves to the top.
  • Cover with foil or the oven-proof lid for your skillet and place in the oven.
  • Cook in the oven for 2 to 3 hours until the beef is fork-tender. Check on the roast every hour and turn so the meat has a chance to thoroughly get coated in the sauce.
  •  Once the Barbacoa beef is done, remove it from the oven, place it into a shallow baking dish, and shred it either by using two forks or place it in a mixing bowl and shred it with your mixer.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and street tacos.