Crockpot Barbacoa and Cilantro-Lime Rice

Crockpot Barbacoa recipe: easy, delicious...better than your take out version!
Crockpot Barbacoa recipe: easy, delicious...better than your take out version!

**photos updated September 2014** 

Dear Blogger,
In all your crazy maintenance the past 24 hours, you lost my recipe. This delicious dinner, all my funny words, gone. I hope you find it in web-land, but if not, I will just have to leave my readers to wonder what I said that was so funny. Because I’m not able to remember. It was one of those, “you just had to be there” moments.
AimeeSlow Cooker Barbacoa with cilantro lime rice. No need for takeout! #copycat #chipotle

Anyways, Please make this tonight. Or tomorrow since it’s too late for a crock-pot recipe now. Unless of course you read this at 6am tomorrow. Whatever.

If you like Chipotle, this is my version of their Barbacoa and Cilantro-Lime Rice. Enjoy!

Crockpot Barbacoa and Cilantro Lime Rice


For the Barbacoa:

  • 3-4 lb beef chuck roast
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (just the peppers, not the sauce)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 heaping Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves

For the Cilantro-Lime Rice

  • 3 cup water
  • 2 cup Jasmine Rice
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced


  1. For the barbacoa: In food processor (or blender), combine vinegar, lime juice, chipotle peppers, garlic cloves, cumin, oregano, pepper, salt and ground cloves. Process on high until smooth.
  2. In large crockpot, add roast, pepper puree, bay leaves, and chicken broth. Heat on low 6-8 hours. Shred beef and place back in juice, remove bay leaves. Serve on a tortilla with cilanto-lime rice, colby cheese, lettuce and guacamole. Enjoy!!!
  3. For the cilantro lime rice: Combine rice, water, butter and salt in large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to low and simmer for 20 minutes. When done, add lime juice and cilantro. Yum.

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Crockpot Barbacoa recipe: easy, delicious...better than your take out version! Served with a homemade cilantro-lime rice recipe!

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43 comments on “Crockpot Barbacoa and Cilantro-Lime Rice”

  1. Donna P

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I LOVE Chipotle! I am going to the grocery store now! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I was the general manager for Chipotle Mexican Grill and neither one of these recipes are even close!

  5. Jamie

    I love your blogs and recipes! Just wish you had a print option! 🙁

  6. Jeanne

    I just found this recipe for crockpot barbacoa and would love to give it to my daughter-in-law since she loves, loves, loves this stuff. Could you please advise how much apple cider vinegar to use as the recipe says ? cup ! Would love to know how much apple cider vinegar to use ! Thank you !

  7. kellie

    Do you think the meat and sauce could be frozen and then cooked in the slow cooker as a freezer meal.

  8. Wow!! This Crockpot Baracoa and Cilantro-Lime looks so amazing I’m going to make it tmw night for dinner. I come from a Hispanic back round and don’t find many recipes that speak to me like this recipe. Thank you for this idea.

  9. Ashley

    Do you pour the pepper purée over the meat or just in the bottom of the crock pot?

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  14. Hola

    Looks good but this is not barbacoa! It just meat…barbacoa has to be made in a hole in the ground with cactus! Cant be made in a kitchen, sorry.

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