Barbacoa pulled-beef tacos

Treat family and friends to these tasty pulled-beef tacos marinated in a punchy sauce with chipotle, lime juice and garlic. It’s a great sharing dish

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:2 hrs 30 mins
    plus 1-2 hrs marinating and cooling
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 266
  • fat 13g
  • saturates 5g
  • carbs 2g
  • sugars 1g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 34g
  • salt 0.3g


  • 100ml cider vinegar
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves, crumbled
  • 1 tsp light brown soft sugar
  • 1kg boneless beef shin, cut into large pieces
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 6 large or 12 small soft tacos
  • small handful of coriander, chopped
  • pickled red onion, sliced radishes, or crumbled feta


  1. Pour the vinegar and lime juice into a large bowl (it should be able to hold all the beef ). Whisk in the chipotle paste, garlic, spices, herbs, sugar and some seasoning. Mix in the beef, ensuring it’s well-coated, then cover and leave to marinate for 1-2 hrs, or chill overnight.

  2. Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/ gas 3. Put the beef on a plate, then tip the marinade into an ovenproof casserole, along with any bits that have stuck to the bowl. Pour in the stock and bring to a simmer. Add the beef and simmer for 1 min, then cover and cook in the oven for 2 hrs. 

  3. If the beef isn’t tender enough to shred, cook for 15 mins more, then check again. Leave until cool enough to handle, then lift onto a board using a slotted spoon. Bring the sauce to the boil and reduce to about 300ml. Meanwhile, roughly shred the beef, discarding any fat or gristle. Stir back into the sauce to reheat, then serve in the casserole dish with the tacos, coriander and toppings on the side for everyone to help themselves.

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