How to make Barbacoa de Res at Home

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Sahiba Sharma
Sahiba is a long time food lover. She has a soft spot for cuisines in her heart. Although she loves to cook with her mother, she is also a nutritionist. This means that she knows the science behind the food; what is good and bad in each ingredient. With her experience in cooking and nutritional education, she is a great resource to tell us about food and recipes.

This Barbacoa De Res is a perfect meal for your boring Sundays. It is basically a Mexican traditional dish that people make mostly on special occasions. If I talk about this recipe, it has a very delicious and juicy taste with which you’ll fall in love.

You can also serve this recipe with Beef broth. I have no doubt in saying that my love for Barbacoa de Res will never change.

My mom has magic in her hand because I still remember the taste of her handmade Barbacoa de Res. She is a great cook with unique ideas. Obviously, I have learned this Barbacoa de Res recipe from my mother.

Today I was thinking to share this amazing recipe with all my food lovers. But before coming to the main point, let’s see the list of ingredients that are required to make this Barbacoa de Res at home.

Ingredients for Barbacoa de Res

Pulled Beef

Beef brisket3 1/2 pounds
White onion (halved)1
Garlic cloves3
Bay leaves3
Salt1 pinch
Water4 Cups


Small guajillo chile peppers6
Small ancho chile peppers2
White vinegar3 tbsp
Garlic cloves2
Whole cloves4 eaches
Whole allspice berries3
Ground black pepper1/2 tsp
Dried oregano1/4 tsp
Dried thyme1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds1/4 tsp
Ground ginger1/4 tsp
Ground cinnamon1 pinch
Salt1 pinch

I know that the list of the ingredients list is quite lengthy but you will get all the ingredients easily from your nearby supermarket. Now, let’s see how much time we have to invest in making Barbacoa de Res recipe.

How much time it will take?

Prep timeCook timeAdditionalTotal timeServings
10 minutes1 hr 50 mins5 minutes2 hrs 5 mins6

When I was learning this recipe from my mom, it was very difficult for me to remember all the points. But you don’t have to worry because the full recipe of Barbacoa de Res is written below.

Barbacoa de Res Recipe

Barbacoa de Res recipe
  1. Firstly, Place the beef brisket in a pressure cooker and then add onion, bay leaves, garlic, and salt; cover it completely with water.
  2. Close the cooker and heat until it makes a whistling sound, it will take about 10 minutes. Adjust the temperature and then cook it for about 60 minutes.
  3. Let the pressure of the cooker release naturally. Remove the beef brisket from the cooker and shred it with a fork.
  4. Strain it by discarding the solid pieces. Separate 2 cups for the barbacoa sauce and keep the rest of the liquid for some other use.
  5. Mix guajillo chile peppers and ancho chile peppers in a large pan and cover it with water.
  6. Bring the mixture a boil and cook it for another 5 minutes.
  7. Turn off the flame and let it cool for about 5 minutes and then drain.
  8. Mix chile peppers, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, Vinegar, black pepper, oregano, thyme, garlic, cumin, ginger, and the reserved liquid. Mix all the ingredients together.
  9. Transfer the mixture of sauce into a pot and cook it over medium flame. Sprinkle salt on it.
  10. Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat. Add shredded beef in the pot coat it completely with the sauce.
  11. Then, cover the pot and cook it for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Now your Barbacoa de Res Recipe is ready. Serve it and enjoy the flavorsome taste of this amazing recipe.

Nutritional Facts of Barbacoa de Res

If you are a health-conscious person, then don’t get worried about your health by seeing this huge lists of ingredients because I’ve added a nutritional breakdown of the nutrients present in this recipe.

Protein24.2 g
Carbohydrates6.4 g
Fat5.4 g
Cholesterol53.2 mg
Calcium34.6 mg
Iron3.9 mg
Magnesium34.6 mg
Potassium550.3 mg
Sodium1517.4 mg

How to Make Barbacoa de Res at Home | Video

I highly recommend you all to watch this video if you are going to try this recipe for the first time. This video will guide you about how to make this Barbacoa de Res.

Video by Simply Mamá Cooks

I hope you have liked this recipe of Barbacoa de Res and do make this at home. Do share your experiences and reviews regarding this particular recipe with us by commenting down in the comments section below. 

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