How to Make a Mean Chipotle Chili: Recipe

NFL preseason is over. You still think your fantasy football team has a shot. College football is in full swing.

All that can only mean one thing: chili season is here!

I subsist on beans and carbs. This diet may contribute to the hula hoop of personal space my friends often give me and the stares I receive on public transit. No one knows when my next narcoleptic episode will strike.

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Beer-Braised Barbacoa Tacos

We are nearly a week and a day out from the showdown of showdowns. The stakes are higher than ever. I am putting my best taco against offerings from home cooks in Chicago to see if years of visits to taqueria’s were worth it. This will be my third attempt in a cooking competition, but this time I have a different strategy on how to win.

Here is the approach I’ll be going with next Sunday. Having eaten my way through most cities, these barbacoa tacos stand up to my favorite taqueria’s tacos. They have a nice amount of heat, moist and tender meat.

The secret to keeping the meat moist is all in the braise, especially for barbacoa. I used most of a 16 oz bottle of Sapporo Premium (a few ounces for myself). Cooking with alcohol is a pro tip to add flavor complexity to whatever you’re making, whether a sauce or a braise. The booze cooks out and imparts its own zip to a dish. Plus, you might as well sample some before putting it in the pot. I have their Reserve beer set aside to take this dish to the next level.

If I don’t win, I will forego eating tacos for an entire month.

If you’re in the Chicago area on April 19, come see if my barbacoa has what it takes to be the best. My stomach and pride depend on it.

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Beer-Braised Barbacoa
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 hours 3-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 hours 3-4 hours
barbacoa-recipe
Beer-Braised Barbacoa
BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list
Print Recipe
You got the time? I got the recipe for you for barbacoa that may top your favorite taqueria.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 hours 3-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 hours 3-4 hours
Ingredients
Meat & Spice Rub
Braising goods
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Mix all the spices in a bowl for the spice rub with a fork. These are the approximate increments I used.
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  2. Generously rub the pork shoulder with the spice rub. Ideally, do this overnight to let the flavors penetrate the meat. I didn't plan ahead and did this day of. The flavors were still sensational.
  3. Whether you let the spice rub sit over night in the fridge or for 15 minutes, let the pork get closer to room temp before searing.
  4. Heat dutch oven on medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Add olive oil in dutch oven.
  5. Add 1/8 tsp chile de arbol peppers to the oil (15-20 seconds).
  6. Add onions to dutch oven. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add chopped chipotle peppers and adobo sauce. Stir.
  8. Add spice-rubbed pork shoulder to dutch oven.
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  9. Sear on all 4-6 sides.
  10. Pour in beer, scraping up fawn on the bottom of the pot. Add water.
  11. Bring to a simmer, cover and place into 325 degree oven for 3-4 hours. The meat will get to the desired temperature in this span of time, so you are really looking for the meat to be fall apart tender.
  12. Let the meat rest for 10-20 minutes. Then, with two forks, start pulling apart the meat. Pork shoulder is fatty. Most of the fat will have melted away. Discard the remaining fatty chunks.
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