7 Melt-In-Your-Mouth Barbacoa Recipes

Barbacoa-Style Shredded Beef
Barbacoa-Style Shredded Beef | Photo by Baking Nana.

Barbacoa, an ancestor of today's "barbecue," is known for its melt-in-your-mouth texture and bold flavor. Make restaurant-quality barbacoa in the comfort of your own home with these top-rated recipes, from a paleo-friendly Chipotle copycat to versions you can make in your slow cooker or Instant Pot. No matter what you're looking for, you'll find a new favorite in this collection of our best barbacoa recipes.

01 of 07

Copycat Chipotle Beef Barbacoa

Copycat Chipotle Beef Barbacoa

Inspired by the fast food favorite, this beefy barbacoa is the perfect paleo-friendly addition to your next dinner menu. It pairs well with cilantro-lime rice, according to recipe creator RainbowJewels.

02 of 07

Barbacoa-Style Shredded Beef

Shredded beef on tostadas with avocado and pico de gallo
Baking Nana

Allrecipes users can't get enough of this top-rated recipe. "Holy Toledo," raves reviewer stracy6. "This was one of the most amazing dinners I've had in a long time!! Thank goodness I have some left for tomorrow!"

03 of 07

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa
Photo by Rock_lobster.

This tender and juicy shredded chuck roast cooks low and slow (about six hours, to be exact) in flavorful spices like garlic powder, chili powder, and black pepper.

04 of 07

Instant Pot Barbacoa

Instant Pot Barbacoa
Photo by Buckwheat Queen.

Here's a delicious barbacoa that comes together quickly in the Instant Pot. Recipe creator kdvanwert recommends serving on corn tortillas with pickled onions and cilantro.

05 of 07

Sweet Pulled Pork Barbacoa

Sweet Pulled Pork Barbacoa
Soup Loving Nicole

Made with pork instead of beef, this barbacoa is the perfect set-it-and-forget-it slow cooker meal. What's the unexpected secret ingredient? A can of Dr. Pepper!

06 of 07

Southern Texas-Style Beef Barbacoa

Southern-Style Beef Barbacoa
Jesse Vandeveer

Seasoned with oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and ground cumin, this Southern-style barbacoa is as flavorful as it is juicy.

07 of 07

Easy Beef Barbacoa

Easy Beef Barbacoa
Sarah Moore

It doesn't get easier than this simple barbacoa. "Serve on tortillas with queso fresco and roasted corn and jalapeno salsa," recommends recipe creator Sarah Moore.

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