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Beef Barbacoa (heavy on the lime)

Updated: Jan 27, 2022

Instant Pot and Crock Pot recipes continue to be all the rage. I find this form of cooking handy for sure, but it doesn't really inspire. The dishes all come out pretty much the same... over cooked. Well, I changed my mind when I tried this little dandy. Yes it's a basic pot roast recipe... but with a kick! It's all about the spices and the lime! Drop this one in your favorite pot, chop up some fragrant sides and serve on your favorite tortilla and you've got a winner. I might also suggest you keep that lime theme going with a nice margarita (or two)!


3-4 lbs beef chuck roast- ya know the one with lots of yummy fat on it

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 1/4 cups beef broth

3 chipotle chilies in adobo, rough chopped (remove the seeds if you don't want the heat)

5 garlic cloves, chopped

1 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin

1 Tbsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp ground cloves

3 bay leaves

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Salt and pepper to taste


  • Quarter the beef into 4 manageable chunks. Salt and pepper all sides.

  • Place your favorite Dutch Oven on medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add the oil and sear the beef on all sides. (If you are using a slow cooker, transfer the meat at this time.)

  • Add adobo chilis, beef broth, garlic, cumin, oregano, cloves, and lime juice into the pot and combine all of the ingredients. Salt and pepper as needed.

  • Cook at 250 degrees in the oven for 3-4 hours. (6-8 hours in a slow cooker on Low or 5 hours on High.)

  • Shred the meat and return to pot. Keep on warm.

Layer on tortillas with your favorite toppings like cilantro, diced red onions and plenty of lime wedges.

Items available at the Pot Rack to assist in the making of this dish:

Emile Henry Flame Dutch Oven- Safe to use on top of the stove or on BBQ Grills and in the oven. Gorgeous enough to serve in.

Endurance Meat Claws- The contoured handles accommodate both large and small hands providing comfortable control while handling large cuts of meat. This multi-use tool is perfect for lifting and shredding meat but can also be used for holding food in place while carving or even tossing a salad.

A Lime squeezer... duh!

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