Beef Barbacoa

I made this a while ago, and I will try and look for the pics I got then. As funny as it seems, I do not repeat foods as much, I am always attempting something new. Bianca ask me today about this beef i made before and remind me that she wanted it for her salads, she wants to eat Cafe Rio style this week. She told me to write it, so here I am awake and relaxing with my recipes.

Beef Barbacoa is a great meat dish, to fill sandwiches, burritos, tacos, or to eat on a plate with Rice and Beans. You could also endeavor into using it as a pizza topping, or to fill a calzone; and don't forget as part of your Cafe Rio Style Salad.


2 Tbsp Oil
Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
About 2 lb chuck roast
1 Orange, zest and juice
2 Tbsp Apple Vinegar
1 tsp Sugar
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 Tbsp Oil
1 yellow Onion, finely diced
1 Tbsp fresh Garlic, minced
1/2 Cup Brown Stock
1 Charred Tomato
1 Tbsp Chipotle Paste,
3 each Chile de Arbol, toasted and softened in warm water
1 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 Coriander
1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
1/2 tsp Granulated Garlic
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Kosher Salt


  1. Sear; Heat a heavy bottom pan, add the oil and then proceed to sear the chuck roast (previously salted and peppered and at a room temperature). Cool it down just a little bit, and reserve the pan, do not wash it yet.
  2. Adobar: Place the seared beef in a plastic bag and the zest, orange juice,vinegar, sugar, and a little bit more of Salt and Pepper.Reserve Over night in fridge. Or at least 3 Hours

      3. Sofrito: Heat the heavy bottom pan again, add oil, add onion and cook them until they are soft            and tender, add garlic. Cook stirring for less than a minute, then cool completely.
      4. Adobo: In the cup of a blender add all the rest of ingredients, the sofrito you made before.                  Blend and taste for salt, pepper, Also adjust the thickness

      5. Place Meat and Adobo Sauce on a Pot or in the pot of a pressure cooker, until meat is tender,           in a pressure cooker would be 25 to 45 minutes, depending on the piece of meat you elected.

Have Fun Cooking and Enjoy.


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