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Barbacoa de res

Barbacoa de res is a simple and delicious Mexican recipe. This recipe uses chuck roast.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword barbacoa de res, beef barbacoa
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 431 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 2 lbs chuck roast
  • 3 guajillo chilies
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo plus 1 tbs of the sauce
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano crushed
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1/4 piece of white onion
  • corn tortillas
  • chopped cilantro
  • diced onion
  • limes


  1. Take the stems off the guajillo chilies and clean them with a damp paper towel. Put the chilies in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and let boil for a few minutes. Then remove from heat and let soak for about 5 minutes.

  2. Transfer the guajillo chilies to a blender along with 1/2 cup of the soaking water, the chipotle peppers plus 1 tbs of the sauce, whole cloves, cumin, black pepper, salt, oregano, garlic cloves, and white onion.

  3. Blend until the sauce is smooth. Then strain into a large bowl.

  4. Cut the chuck roast into chunks. Season with salt.

  5. Transfer the chunks of chuck roast to the bowl with the sauce. Make sure to cover all the meat in the sauce.

  6. Cover and transfer to the refrigerator to marinate for a couple of hours.

  7. Preheat the oven to 325.

  8. Transfer the chuck roast and sauce to a baking dish along with 1/3 cup of water.

  9. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 3 hours.

  10. Shred the meat with 2 forks. Discard any pieces of fat.

  11. Serve the barbacoa de res with warm corn tortillas and garnish with chopped cilantro, diced onion and fresh squeezed lime juice.

Nutrition Facts
Barbacoa de res
Amount Per Serving
Calories 431 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 2g
Cholesterol 156mg52%
Sodium 864mg38%
Potassium 836mg24%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 1111IU22%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.