Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa

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Here is a delicious recipe that is super easy to make. This copycat Chipotle Barbacoa is full of flavor and is make in the crock pot which makes your life even easier! I love using this meat on tacos (we usually fry up some white corn tortillas) and add a little sour cream and veggies. Enjoy!

Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa

chipotle barbacoa


  • 4 lb Chuck Roast trimmed of excess fat)
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • º cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 4 tsp Cumin
  • 3 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 4 Chipotle Peppers (from canned Chipotles in Adobo Sauce)
  • 1 tbsp Adobo Sauce (from canned Chipotles in Adobo Sauce)
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice 1


  1. To make the sauce combine vinegar, lime juice, chipotles, adobo sauce, garlic, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt and cloves in a blender or processor on high speed until smooth. 2
  2. Insure all excess fat is trimmed off and cut into 6-8 pieces.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium high heat. 3
  4. Sear all sides of the meat to get a nice crust.
  5. Place meat in slow cooker.
  6. Cover with with sauce.
  7. Pour in broth and add bay leaves.
  8. Cover and cook 5 hours on high (or 8 hours on low).  5
  9. Remove the bay leaves.
  10. While still in the slow cooker, shred the meat with two forks and turn the heat to low and allow to cook for 1 more hour.


  1. How much vinegar?

  2. I was wondering what amount of apple cider vinegar goes into this recipe – Chipolte Barbarcoa – it lists the cider but no amount. Please could you send that to me. Love the barbarcoa at Chilolte. Thanks.

    • i really can’t wait to try this cuz for lunch I do eat it everyday would like to know how much apple cider vinegar? Thank you very much appreciated


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