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Barbacoa de Res

Barbacoa de Res is a Mexican food favorite made on holidays and special occasions. The meat is cooked for hours in a savory, red chile sauce. Serve with tortillas and lime.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 18 mins
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8



  • In a large stock pot, heat the oil.
  • Add salt and 2 tablespoons of ground cumin to one side of the beef.
  • Place the beef in the stock pot with the seasoned side down.
  • While the bottom is browning, add salt and 2 tablespoons ground cumin to the unseasoned top of the beef.
  • Once the beef is brown on the bottom, turn the beef and brown the top.
  • (Roughly 4-5 minutes on each side).
  • Brown the sides as best you can.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the pot.
  • Turn the flame to low.
  • Cover and cook for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, toast the dried guajillo chile and garlic. About 2 minutes.
  • Turn often, or they will burn.
  • Add the guajillo, garlic, ½ water, 1 cup vinegar, and salt to a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Add the guajillo sauce and bay leaves to the pot.
  • Add ½ cup of water to the blender.
  • Cover with the lid and gently shake to get the last of the sauce.
  • Add the blender remains to the pot.
  • With a cooking spoon, coat the meat with the sauce.
  • Cover and cook for 1 more hour.
  • Top with raw onions and cilantro.
  • Serve with tortillas and lime.
  • Enjoy!