If you’re looking for a new recipe for your family on Taco Tuesday or to enjoy whenever then you will love this Skillet Beef Barbacoa Tacos recipe. This is a delicious beef taco recipe that uses a ton of seasonings for incredible flavor.
Skillet Barbacoa Beef Tacos Recipe
This Weight Watcher Barbacoa Recipe is so good! The beef in this recipe is slowly cooked to perfection with seasonings that create juicy and tender meat. This recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner and a great idea to make for a party or BBQ. You might have tried these tacos when having takeout but nothing beats homemade. You have to try making this barbacoa beef at home and then turn it into these incredible tacos.
This dish is perfect. The Skillet Beef Tacos recipe can be served with warm tortillas and all your favorite taco toppings – including cheese, guacamole, Mango Salsa Recipe, or Avocado Salsa, sour cream… the list goes on!
The family will love this delicious meaty meal that uses tons of flavors to fill up their bellies before they get too hungry waiting for dinner.
What is Barbacoa Made of?
barbacoa can be either beef or pork, typically. In this case, it is a fat cheaper cut of beef. I love using chuck roast because I find it on sale often and it goes a long way. I have used pork roast in this recipe too and I have always been happy with it.
What is barbacoa mean?
The name Barbacoa comes from the meat that is inside the tacos. The meat is normally some type of beef, lamb, or other meat. The meat is slow-cooked with seasonings and then placed in some form of a shell-like tortilla.
What does barbacoa beef taste like?
Barbacoa is a juicy and tender beef that is made for these tacos. The beef is cooked with a ton of ingredients for flavoring. The beef is slow-cooked with brown sugar, salt, black pepper, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, and more. All of this gives the beef a smokey, spicy, and savory flavor.
Does This Barbacoa Beef Taste Like Chipotle?
This Barbacoa is not the same as the beef from Chipotle. A lot of people like to compare these tacos to recipes from Chipotle because of the taste. However, I do feel it could be close, but not exact.
How to Store Barbacoa?
You will want to start by placing the recipe into an airtight or Ziploc bag. You can choose whichever source for a container. Then, you will want to place it in the fridge until you use it again.
Can Barbacoa Beef be Frozen?
Placing the Barbacoa beef into the fridge will last up to a week. However, you can choose to place it in the freezer to last longer. You will want to place the meat into a freezer-safe container like a Ziploc bag and make sure to write the date on the bag.
How Long Does Barbacoa Last?
The length of time that your recipe can last is up to where you store the leftovers. You have the option to place the leftover Barbacoa in the fridge or freezer. It will last up to a week in the fridge but can last up to 4 months in the freezer.
What Size Tortillas Should Be Used for Tacos?
These Barbacoa Tacos can be placed into any type of shell. Larger tortillas may be easier for beginners to hold all of the ingredients in. I personally think that street tacos work the best for this recipe.
Can This Be Made in the Slow Cooker?
Yes, this beef can be cooked into a slow cooker. You will want to make sure to sear the beef and saute the onions before placing them in the slow-cooker. Then, once everything is prepped, place into the slow-cooker and cook the ingredients for 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low.
Tips for Shredding the Meat
Do you struggle to shred meat the right way? It can be a difficult and daunting task. It doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to make shredding meat easier.
Have the right tools: You want to shred meat, but don’t have a knife? Grab your nearest cheese grater. It will work in a pinch!
Use a Mixer– If you have a mixer, consider using it to get the job done. It’s faster and easier than shredding with your hands alone- especially if you’re doing a lot of meat at once!
What kind of knife should I use? You want one that is sharp but not too thin so it glides through the meat. A serrated knife is ideal for this task, but there are other options as well.
Can I Use a Food Processor? A food processor can be used, but you may need to do it in batches depending on the size of your machine.
Do I Need To Add Liquid? Adding liquid will help make shredding go faster and more smoothly but it is not necessary.
What Temperature Should the Meat Be to Shred? It’s best to shred meat when it is still cold and slightly firm. If you are shredding the meat straight from cooking it, you want to wait for it to cool slightly. If the meat is too hot it is hard to handle
How Much Does This Recipe Cost to Make
As of today, this recipe costs about $1.31 per serving, and a total of $15.69 to make the whole recipe. With 12 servings for the recipe (of 1 taco per serving), this can easily fit into a budget friendly meal.
- Beef- You will need a 2-3 pound chuck roast.
- Vegetable oil- Use canola oil as a substitute.
- Onion- You will need a thinly sliced yellow onion.
- Garlic- You will need this to be minced.
- Tomato- You will need a tomato paste for this recipe.
- Sauce- You will need adobe sauce for this recipe.
- Vinegar- You will need apple cider vinegar for this recipe.
- Brown Sugar- This will add richness to the dessert.
- Black Pepper- This will be used for taste.
- Salt- This will bring out the flavors in the recipe.
- Paprika- This will add a smokey flavor to the recipe.
- Cinnamon- This will be used for additional flavoring.
- Ground Cumin- This will add a spicy flavor to the recipe.
- Bay Leaves- These will be added to the beef.
- Tortillas- Use street taco-style tortillas or any you prefer.
- Serve with this homemade guacamole recipe.
How to Make Barbacoa Tacos
First, add the tomato paste, adobo sauce, apple cider vinegar, and apple cider vinegar into a small bowl and whisk to combine.
Secondly, add paprika, cinnamon, and cumin.
Next, salt and pepper on both sides of the beef.
After, place a 12-inch cast-iron skillet on medium heat with a bit of oil.
Next, place the roast into the skillet and sear on all sides. Then, take out of the pan.
Now, add in the onions and garlic and cook on medium heat while stirring every now and then until the onions are tender and golden, and the garlic becomes fragrant.
Next, put the roast into the skillet again and place the bay leaves inside.
Then, add the sauce on top of the roast and cook for 2.5-3 hours on low or until the beef is fully cooked. Make sure to flip the roast every 30-45 minutes.
Finally, take the roast out of the pan and put it into a baking dish.
To Finish, shred the meat with forks and place it back into the skillet.
Serve and enjoy with corn or flour tortillas and toppings.
Skillet Beef Barbacoa Tacos Recipe
- 2-3 lbs beef chuck roast
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 yellow onion thickly sliced
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 8 ounce tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons adobe sauce
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 bay leaves
- 12 street taco-style tortillas
- In a small bowl, add in the tomato paste, adobo sauce, apple cider vinegar, and apple cider vinegar. Whisk together until well incorporated. Whisk in the paprika, cinnamon, and cumin.
- Season the meat on both sides with salt and pepper. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, add oil and heat over medium heat. Brown the roast on all sides. Remove the roast from the pan.
- Add the onions and garlic to the skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the onions just begin to brown, and the garlic becomes fragrant.
- Add the roast back to the skillet. Add in the bay leaves and pour the sauce over the roast. Cook over low heat for 2.5-3 hours or until the roast is tender, turning the roast over every 30-45 minutes.
- Remove the roast from the skillet and place it in a shallow pan or baking dish. Using two forks. Shred the meat. Return to the skillet. Serve with corn or flour tortillas and your favorite toppings!