Make this slow cooker coffee barbacoa beef the next time you are in the mood for tacos, burritos or quesadillas!
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Mr. B and I have been a couple for almost 6 years. Every year, winter after winter, he was outside in the snow, grilling. Then Polar Vortex 2013/14 happened and he stopped.
This year has so far proven no different – we haven’t had too much snow yet but the cold has stopped him from uncovering the grill. I am starting to miss our favorite tacos a lot.
To help myself with my taco cravings, I’ve done two things (and one of those is not visiting Taco Bell.)
The first thing is order a George Foreman grill off of Amazon. I remember when I was living in the college dorms how crazy popular they were. I think they were against the dorm rules – being the rule following person that I am, I didn’t get one then. I kind of forgot about them post-college and then out of nowhere the other day, Mr. B asked me my thoughts on them.
So I bought one. Ha, very impulsive of me but I really want those tacos.
The second thing I did was come up with a new meat recipe so I can have some tacos while I wait for my indoor grill to arrive.
Slow Cooker Coffee Barbacoa Beef
The slow cooker coffee barbacoa beef recipe I came up with is based off of a copycat Chipotle recipe. I really wanted to make something similar to the Chipotle barbacoa beef, but I realized I had no idea what barbacoa was. I had to do some serious research – the name sounds like BBQ and we thought maybe it was some kind of spicy pulled BBQ beef.
Wrong wrong wrong. It is really just a slow, low-temp cooked meat that pulls apart very easily. And it is delicious. Traditionally it is made from sheep, lamb or goat – I have no plans to cook any of those animals in the near future so I went with beef instead.
The coffee is used more to tenderize the meat than to flavor it. If you are looking for a strong coffee flavor, substitute some of the broth for more coffee. Personally, I would substitute in 1/4 cup amounts, but that’s just me.
After you’ve finished cooking, you’ll be left with 4 pounds of tender meat, ready for tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more. It is juicy and full of flavor. In fact, it is so good that one of Mr. B.’s coworkers stole half of one of the containers he brought to work. Nothing says “this one is a winner!” like someone stealing it. I was equally honored and p-ed off.
If you’re looking for another tex-mex inspired meal, try my Loaded Burrito Bowl recipe!
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