Fall Apart Beef Barbacoa / Slow Cooked Beef For Tacos

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Apr. 08, 2020

A special chilli sauce is prepared and beef chunks are marinated and wrapped in banana leaf before cooking it in a dutch oven. Barbacoa is an old traditional Mexican method of cooking either Beef or Lamb. Large pits in the ground layered with hot coal house bundles of this meat wrapped in Avocado leaves and this is cooked overnight.


Chilli marinade and sauce
Guajillo chillies 3
Ancho chilles 3
Peppercorns 20
All spice berries 20
Kosher salt 2 1/2 Teaspoon
Garlic 5 Clove (25 gm)
Oil 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
Onion 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Tomato 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Clove powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Clove powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Dried oregano 1 Tablespoon
Apple cider vinegar 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
Cinnamon 1/2 Teaspoon
Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
For beef:
Beef cheek brisket/Sirloin 3 Pound
Salt To Taste
Banana leaves 1 Large
Beer 200 Milliliter



1. Lightly toast the chillies, then boil for 30 mins

2. Remove the chillies and allow to cool

3. Add all the sauce ingredients to a food processor except the last 1/3 cup of Oil and remove all the stems and seeds from the chillies before adding in

4. Blend to a smooth paste

5. In a saucepan, add the oil and all the sauce, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring at intervals

6. Allow the sauce to cool

7. Cut the Beef into smaller chunks so they have more surface area and they are easier to wrap

8. Marinate with some of the chilli paste and wrap each one in banana leaf

9. If your banana leaf is too small, rewrap in foil for a tight seal

10. Add these to a dutch oven or a heavy pot with a tight lid

11. Pour in the beer cover, and allow to cook for 4 hours in a 350 degree oven

12. After the cook time, the beef should just fall apart


13. Add dollops of the prepared chilli sauce and serve

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 360 Minutes
Ready In: 360 Minutes
Servings: 6