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A Chipotle Mexican Grill Copy Cat Easy Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa that create an amazingly delicious burrito!

I have NEVER…hold on to your seats…eaten at a Chipotle Mexican Grill. I know! How can I claim to be a true lover of Mexican food if I’ve never even stepped foot inside of one? I don’t have any idea… I just can!

A beef Barbacoa burrito

Any Who… I kept seeing recipes all over Facebook and Pinterest for Beef Barbacoa. It sounded delicious! I wanted to give it a whirl and see how I liked it. I mean if you can stuff it inside a tortilla, and it has beef…it’s gotta be good! I can’t give credit to one specific recipe because I took “liberties” by snagging elements… from this recipe and that recipe…that I thought would work well together to create the perfect EASY Beef Barbacoa.

One bite and my kids proclaimed “It’s JUST like Chipotle’s”.  My daughter has been begging me to make it again ever since. So, I’ll take that as a compliment. (Hey, we take what we can get! Right Mom’s?!!!) It was also the thing I needed to push me into posting this recipe regardless of the photo quality.

How To Make Easy Beef Barbacoa

This recipe is simple! Dump all the sauce ingredients into your blender…blend it.

Beef Barbacoa Sauce

That said…in your blender place 3-4 Chipotle Chili’s in adobo, 1 1/4 cup beef broth, 4 tsp minced garlic, 1 1/2 Tbs. Cumin, 1 Tbs. dried oregano, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1/4 cup fresh lime juice. If you want a little heat you can add a few drops of your favorite hot sauce. I didn’t…but you can.

Chipotle peppers and seasonings for Beef Barbacoa Sauce

Blend, blend, blend on medium high for about 1 minute. It’s okay if the peppers are in bits. You want some of that “Chipotle” flavor in every bite.

Beef Barbacoa Sauce in blender

Pour the sauce over your meat in the slow cooker. You’ll notice my pepper bits! YUM! Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Seasoning and sauce for Beef Barbacoa in slow cooker

After 8 hours your house will smell divine, and you’ll be looking around for the Mariachi band and reaching for your Sombrero!

It doesn’t look like much…but this beef is LOADED with flavor! Remove the roast from the slow cooker, and using two forks, remove all the remaining fat and shred the beef into large chunks.

Cooked Roast beef in slow cooker

Finishing Beef Barbacoa

Cover a large baking sheet with foil and set the oven to broil! Yes…broil. For some of you, that will be that little drawer under your oven.

You know… the one you have NEVER pulled out…OR…if you have, it’s just to hide your dirty sheet pans cause your Mother-in-law just showed up on your door step! (lol) 

Place the shredded beef on the foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle a couple of large scoops of the remaining sauce over the top of the beef. Place the beef in your broiler for about 3–4 minutes. Watch it carefully…you don’t want burnt meat…just adding a little “crispy brown” to the tips of the beef and sealing in the juices and flavor.

Beef Barbacoa on a cookies sheet toasted in the oven

Once the meat has a nice golden crisp, remove from the oven, and sprinkle with chopped cilantro! We love cilantro at this nest! So… I added LOTS of the chopped green stuff. If you are not a fan…skip it.

Beef Barbacoa shredded on a cookie sheet

How to Make a Beef Barbacoa Burrito

Now comes the fun part! Taking that luscious Beef Barbacoa and turning it into a wonderful burrito!

Every recipe suggested making Lime Cilantro Rice to serve with this beef. I gotta tell ya… I don’t know if I just found a dud recipe, or I don’t like homemade cilantro lime rice, but it was not my favorite. When I make this again… I’m going with my traditional Mexican Rice. I think the flavors will be amazing with this meat. That’s just my personal choice. You can decide for yourself.

For our burritos’ I used the Lime Cilantro Rice, Black beans, cheese, Guacamole, diced tomatoes, and sour cream. You can use whatever toppings you like on yours. That’s the beauty of a recipe like this.

Filling for burrito with cheese, guacamole, beef barbacoa,

Tuck the ends of your toasted tortilla in, and roll from one end to the other. Wrap in foil and cut in half. The foil helps to hold this massive burrito together…plus if you’re taking this “to go”…it will help it stay warm.

Beef Barbacoa Burritos

Time to dig in! The best part of this meal is the diggin’ and piggin’!  I didn’t serve anything else with these huge burritos’. I decided to let the “meal” speak for its self. They are LOADED with lots of juicy Beef Barbacoa, then topped with everything a girl or guy could want on their burrito!

You can set all the toppings out on your bar, or table, and let everyone make their own. Which is exactly what I did! That way everyone got what they wanted. It would be a fun dish to serve at a Cinco Del Mayo party!

This is the perfect grab and go meal which is wonderful for Mom’s with teenagers who are always running in one door and out the other. It’s loaded with so many wonderful ingredients.

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Yield: 8 servings

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

A beef Barbacoa burrito

A Chipotle Mexican Grill Copy Cat Beef Barbacoa that create an amazingly delicious burrito!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes


  • 4 lbs. beef brisket (or beef chuck)
  • 3-4 Chipotle Chili's in adobo
  • 1 1/4 cups beef broth
  • 4 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. cumin
  • 1 Tbs. dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. salt, then more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cup fresh lime juice
  • hot sauce if desired
  • Cilantro to garnish


  1. In your blender place the 3-4 Chipotle Chili, 1 1/4 cups beef broth, 4 tsp. minced garlic, 1 1/2 Tbs. cumin, 1 Tbs. dried oregano, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper, 1/4 cup fresh lime juice. On medium speed blend all the ingredients together until semi-smooth.
  2. Place beef in your slow cooker. Pour sauce over the top of the beef. Cover meat and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Remove from slow cooker and shred with a fork, removing any extra fat.
  4. Cover a baking sheet with foil and place shredded beef on top of foil. Drizzle with two large scoops of remaining sauce. Place in broiler for 3-4 minutes until beef is crispy and the tips are golden brown.
  5. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with flour tortillas, grated cheese, rice, beans, and any other topping you would like in your burrito.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 burrito

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 981Total Fat: 61gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 300mgSodium: 1478mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 87g

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Monday 1st of May 2017

This looks so delicious! Now I want to go to Chipotle! Only because your house is a little bit far! Can't wait to see all your Blogiversary Giveaways and celebrating this week <3

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Monday 1st of May 2017

Thank you Nikki! You completely made my day! Love ya girl! ~ Norine

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