Slow Cooker Barbacoa Burritos are the easy alternative to take-out. A perfect summer family meal all wrapped up!
What is barbacoa?
Barbacoa is a traditional Mexican dish made from the head of a cow. You may be thinking, "Whoa! We're making WHAT?" Have no fear! We're going to adjust the recipe and use a beef roast instead. (Whew!)
The term "barbacoa" is used to describe meat that has been baked or cooked by steaming (slow cooking). Barbacoa can be made from beef, sheep, or goat. As mentioned earlier, this recipe uses a beef roast to make this tender juicy meat dish that we'll turn into burritos.
What kind of beef roast should I use to make Barbacoa Burritos? When you're making Barbacoa Burritos, you want beef that has a lot of flavor. A beef chuck roast is the perfect cut of meat for that! Chuck roast contains a lot of connective tissue that melts when slow cooked. The meat self-bastes which is why it comes out so tender.
Do I need to cut up the meat before cooking? You don't have to. But, cutting the chuck roast into 6-8 pieces will help it to cook faster, and help with that self-basting.
Do I have to cook the meat on Low? You should if you want your Barbacoa Burritos to be juicy and tender. Cooking beef chuck roast too fast at higher temperatures can result in tough, tasteless meat.
Are Barbacoa Burritos good for meal prep? Absolutely! YES! The vegetables, seasonings, and liquids can be pre-measured and added to the meat ahead of time. Store it all in an airtight bag/container in the fridge for up to 2 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you're ready to turn on the slow cooker, simply add the contents of the bag/container. When the meat is finished cooking, you can shred it for use later. Store leftovers (if you have any!) in airtight containers for up to 3 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.
How do I serve Barbacoa Burritos? Easily! All you need to do is make up a batch of rice to be added to the tortillas. Offer some garnishes like fresh pico de gallo, cheese, and sour cream so everyone can make a burrito to their liking.
Slow Cooker Barbacoa Burritos
- Add beef to slow cooker along with onion, garlic, lime juice and spices then top with broth
- Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours until meat shreds easily with fork. If it doesn't shred, it need to cook longer
- Cook rice according to package directions (Optional, add some fresh chopped cilantro and lime juice to the cooked rice for more flavor)
- Serve on tortillas topped with rice, beef, and pico. Roll up tightly to serve