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by Dom Geracia / Feb 1, 2016 /

Better than Chipotle Barbacoa Copycat

This Chipotle Barbacoa Copycat recipe is one of the first that I experimented with in my

Chipotle is delicious but pricey

To be completely honest, I love Chipotle’s barbacoa. It’s delicious. It has a great texture… and the flavor is always on point!

Unfortunately, it’s a little pricey. With double barbacoa, sour cream, cheese, salsa, pico de gallo and guacamole, my bill inevitably comes out to almost $15.

The lack of rice and bean definitely contribute to this, but those aren’t very Keto-friendly. You can also add romaine lettuce (free) in place of rice and beans, so keep that in mind.

I don’t mean to brag, but I feel like my recipe might be better. One thing is for sure, I think this is as close to a Chipotle barbacoa copycat as you can get.

In addition to this recipe, I also have a full guide dedicated to eating out at Chipotle! Check it out for some easy on-the-go options.

Better than Chipotle Barbacoa Copycat

Chipotle Barbacoa Copycat Recipe

by Dom Geracia
My Instant Pot Barbacoa is packed with flavor and the leftovers are absolutely fantastic!

4.67 from 3 votes

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican

Servings 12
Calories 290 kcal



  • 2-3 lbs beef chuck roast
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 small lime
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 chipotle peppers (in adobo) + 2 tbsp adobo liquid
  • 2 tbsp bacon fat
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves



  • Turn on your Instant Pot to 'saute' and wait for it to come up to temperature (make sure the lid isn't on).
  • Prepare the roast chuck by removing any large pieces of fat (optional, I don't like eating fat that is chewy) and then pat dry with paper towel or kitchen towel.
  • Season all sides of the meat with 1/2 tbsp salt and 1/2 tbsp pepper.
  • When the Instant Pot has come to temperature, add the bacon fat directly to the pot. Once melted, add the beef.
  • Sear the beef on all sides.
  • In a blender (or with an immersion blender), blend together: lime juice, apple cider vinegar, chipotle peppers, adobo, cumin, black pepper, salt, tomato paste, oregano, cinnamon, onion powder and ground cloves. Puree until smooth.
  • Once beef is browned all over, cover with puree.
  • Add bay leaves and broth.
  • Close the lid and set on on Manual > 50 minutes. Make sure that high pressure is selected.
  • After the time is finished, turn off the Instant Pot. I highly recommend doing a natural pressure release (NPR) by letting it come down in pressure itself. This usually takes around 20 minutes, but it always comes out so juicy and tender!
  • Shred, return meat back to liquid and serve.


If you do not have access to an Instant Pot, you can still make this recipe in a slow cooker or Dutch oven. Should you choose to go this route, just sear your meat on all sides, cover with blended sauce and cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8-12 hours.


Calories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 21gFat: 21gFiber: 1g

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This Chipotle Barbacoa Copycat Recipe is great for get-togethers! I like to make mock burrito bowls using Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice or wrap it up in a low carb tortilla. For those with friends and family not following Keto, you could just as easily serve with flour tortillas.

Finally, this recipe serves as a great protein source for meal prep as well. I like to make a big batch, shred the meat, and portion into separate containers.

Have you tried my Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa recipe? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

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Hey there, I'm Dom! I started No Bun Please after I found success on a Keto diet. Now, I create low carb recipes, restaurant guides and resources for beginners. Read more →

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