Barbacoa Beef Freezer Meal

Gluten Free

Have you ever enjoyed the chipotle barbacoa beef! Its amazing! This barbacoa beef freezer meal brings this delicious dinner to your household any night of the week.

As a freezer meal this tasty barbacoa recipe is designed to be prepped in 10 minutes or less.

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Traditional authentic barbacoa recipes use a varity of different types of meat (even cow tongue…) But don’t worry chipotle and this recipe call for more common meat cuts like beef chuck or brisket.

My favorite meat to use is a beef chuck, the meat cooks in the slow cooker all day and gets so tender. It shredded easily and your mouth will water as you set the table. (I have usually eaten quite a bit before everyone sits dowqn to the table…)

Enjoy this wonderful family dinner! Make it a fun interactive meal by serving the whole family with all the ingredients for tacos or burrito bowls in the center of the table. Then laugh talk and eat together and enjoy food made with love like it was always intended.

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Barbacoa Beef

Enjoy an easy barbacoa beef freezer meal with the whole family. Tasty barbacoa recipe prepped in 10 minutes for cooking or as a freezer meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time9 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8
Author: Hannah Stewart

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker or Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 3 lb Beef Brisket or Chuck Roast
  • 2 bay leaves

Barbacoa Sauce (Blend Together):

  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup broth of preference I use chicken broth
  • 4.5 oz can diced green chilies
  • 2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
  • 3 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lime juice juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp drired oregano
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp chili powder

Instructions

  • Add barbacoa sauce ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. (You may have to scrap sides once or twice).
  • Add beef, bay leaves and barbacoa sauce into the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 9-10 hours.
  • Shred beef and stir back into sauce in slow cooker.
  • Serve in tortillas or over rice with favorite taco toppings! Enjoy!

Freezer Directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Add barbacoa sauce ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. (You may have to scrap sides once or twice).
  • Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 9-10 hours.
  • Shred beef and stir back into sauce in slow cooker.
  • Serve in tortillas or over rice with favorite taco toppings! Enjoy!

Notes

  • May top with favorite taco toppings! (cheese, guacamole, salsa, etc…)
  • Make it pretty: Garnish with fresh cilantro and a lime wedge.
     

This really is a family favorite of ours. You will love sitting down and enjoying dinner with your kids. Empower your kids in the kitchen by starting with dinner they make themselves.

My toddler gets so excited putting together his own taco with all the ingredients right in front of him. Its like getting crafty at dinner with food! Fun for all!

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I forgot to thaw my barbacoa beef freezer meal, now what?

Still frozen? No problem! Just thaw your meal a bit in the morning under warm water so that your frozen meal fits into the slow cooker or crockpot and enjoy dinner that evening!

What is beef barbacoa made of?

Beef barbacoa could be slow cooked traditional with a varity of different types of meats. Even cow tongue, which I don’t know if I am ready to try…. This recipe calls for beef chuck or beef brisket for a delicious shredded barbacoa beef.

What kind of meat is Barbacoa?

Barbacoa is a seasoning and cooking process but many people use a beef chuck or brisket to make a barbacoa beef.

What kind of meat is barbacoa at chipotle?

Chipotle uses a traditional beef from the shoulder so that the juices are maintained through the slow cooking process.

Is barbacoa made from cow tongue?

Yes it can be. Beef tongue has been know to be a tender great shredded beef option for many recipes. Although you may prefer to enjoy barbacoa with a more traditional cut of meat like beef brisket or beef chuck.

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Freezer cooking and freezer recipes are a great time saver for you. As a mom of three I love it when dinner takes me 60 seconds and I can move on with my day.

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