Where I live, we have a restaurant chain called Chipotle. We don't go there often, but when we do, I enjoy getting their Barbacoa burrito. It's shredded beef that is just bursting with deliciousness! I was excited when I found a recipe that was similar to Chipotle's barbacoa beef and, oh my, is it tasty!
This recipe calls for my favorite cut of beef - chuck roast. It can be such a, diverse, inexpensive, and delicious cut of meat! I wait for chuck roasts to go on sale for under $2 per pound and stock up and almost always cook them in my slow cooker, because the secret to making a cheap cut of meat tender is to cook it slow and long. Additionally, if you use beans and rice in your burritos, you'll be using less meat, which makes this a very affordable meal! I did make a few changes to the original recipe, so here's my version:
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp. lime juice
3 chipotle peppers in adobo (even the small cans contain more than 3 peppers, so I put whatever I don't use in a zip top bag and freeze it for later use)
4-6 garlic cloves
4 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. oregano
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp clove
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3-4 lb chuck roast, trimmed of fat
3/4 cup water
3/4 tsp. chicken bouillon
3 bay leaves
In a blender or food processor, combine vinegar, lime juice, chipotles, garlic, cumin, oregano, pepper, salt, and clove. Process until smooth.
Cut roast into 5 or 6 pieces. Heat oil in a skillet (preferably cast iron) until very hot. Carefully place the meat into the skillet and sear on each side for a couple of minutes. You're not cooking the meat here, just trying to get a nice sear on all sides.
|Your pan needs to be really hot to get a really good sear. I recommend using cast iron for this.|
|The drippings left in the pan after searing the meat are full of flavor!|
Pour the contents of the pan into the slow cooker with the meat, along with 3/4 cup water, 3/4 tsp. chicken bouillon, and bay leaves. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours or until meat is tender.
Once meat is done, shred it, and place it back into the slow cooker with the juices. Serve in burritos (or tacos) with pico de gallo, rice, beans, and any other desired toppings.
Suggested toppings: cheese, rice, pinto beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, hot sauce, sour cream, olives, lettuce.