How to Make Braised Beef Tacos (Barbacoa)

Create delicious juicy beef tacos that you can share with friends.

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How to Make Braised Beef Tacos (Barbacoa) Recipe
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Start with a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Start with a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

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Add all the dry spices and the chili pods. Heat 3 to 4 minutes or until very fragrant. DO NOT BURN. This helps release the oils in the spices.

Add all the dry spices and the chili pods. Heat 3 to 4 minutes or until very fragrant. DO NOT BURN. This helps release the oils in the spices.

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Add stock, cider vinegar, and beer. Bring to a boil.

Add stock, cider vinegar, and beer. Bring to a boil.

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Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until the chili pods are soft. Remove from heat and let cool 10 to 15 minutes

Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until the chili pods are soft. Remove from heat and let cool 10 to 15 minutes

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After cooling, blend until smooth (2 min or so). This will be your braising liquid.

After cooling, blend until smooth (2 min or so). This will be your braising liquid.

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Dice the onion, pepper, and garlic.

Dice the onion, pepper, and garlic.

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Pat dry the meat with a paper towel. This improves searing. Season lightly with salt.

Pat dry the meat with a paper towel. This improves searing. Season lightly with salt.

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Put your Dutch oven over medium high to high heat and add a few tablespoons of oil then seat the meat on both sides for about 5 minutes or until a nice brown crust forms. This develops great flavor.

Put your Dutch oven over medium high to high heat and add a few tablespoons of oil then seat the meat on both sides for about 5 minutes or until a nice brown crust forms. This develops great flavor.

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Flip meat and sear for another five minutes or so. Then remove meat and set on plate. Add onions peppers and garlic to the pot with a pinch of salt and cook for 3-4 minutes. Watch out for burning.

Flip meat and sear for another five minutes or so. Then remove meat and set on plate. Add onions peppers and garlic to the pot with a pinch of salt and cook for 3-4 minutes. Watch out for burning.

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Add the meat back in, scoop some of the veggies on top of the meat, then pour the liquid over the top. Bring to a boil, cover and put in the oven

Add the meat back in, scoop some of the veggies on top of the meat, then pour the liquid over the top. Bring to a boil, cover and put in the oven

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Cook for 3-4 hours in oven. Meat is done when it is completely tender and over 190 degrees F.

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Remove from pot and put in large bowl or pan. Return pot to stove and reduce liquid over medium high heat for about 5 min. Meanwhile, use two forks to pull the meat apart into chunks.

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Add the meat back to the pot and stir through. Spoon out in warm tortillas & serve with cheese, sour cream, sliced peppers & onions, and cilantro. Or serve over rice with a squeeze of lime.

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Mmmm... Serve with a Corona and lime and invite the friends over.

Mmmm... Serve with a Corona and lime and invite the friends over.

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