Barbacoa Tacos

How to make Barbacoa Tacos

Barbacoa Tacos from Taco Palenque is one of the most popular menu items of the chain that features barbacoa meat as its main ingredient. You can order this dish from the restaurant during the breakfast hours.


If you want to prepare this dish at home, then you can follow the below recipe that we have modified for your convenience. Before preparing this dish, you should arrange the required ingredients that you need during the preparation.


Barbacoa Tacos from Taco Palenque features barbacoa meat as its main ingredients. However, you will need a few different ingredients to make this recipe. So, let us discuss them all.

For Barbacoa

  • 3-4 pounds beef chuck roast , cut into 6-8 chunks & fat trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 chipotle peppers
  • 4 ounces diced green chiles
  • 1 large white chopped onion
  • 2 limes , juice
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped


For Tacos

  • 12 Flour tortillas
  • fresh cilantro
  • sliced jalapenos
  • lime wedges


Method of Preparation

  1. To begin with the recipe, season the beef with salt and pepper. Place a cast iron skillet on a gas stove over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and sear the beef for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  2. Now place the beef in the slow cooker. Add the chipotle peppers, diced green chiles, diced onion, lime juice, cumin, chilli powder, ground cloves, dried oregano, beef broth, bay leaves, and chopped garlic cloves. 
  3. Cook the beef on low flame for 7-8 hours until the beef becomes really tender.
  4. While the beef is about to be cooked properly, you need to warm the tortilla for 2-3 minutes. 
  5. When the beef is cooked, transfer it to a serving bowl and then shred with two forks. 
  6. To assemble the tacos, place the tortilla on a flat pan, add one layer of the beef, cilantro, and jalapenos on each tortilla. Squeeze some lime juice over each taco.
  7. Fold it into the shape of a taco and repeat the same procedure with the remaining tortillas and filling.
  8. Serve hot to enjoy.


Nutrition Facts

There are 560 calories in 1 serving of Barbacoa Taco from Taco Palenque; most of the calories come from carbohydrates and fat. Let us discuss all the nutrients that we get from 1 serving of Barbacoa Taco from Taco Palenque.

  • Serving Size (g): 1 taco (181g)
  • Calories: 560
  • Fat cal(g): 300
  • Fat (g): 33
  • Saturated fat: 10
  • Trans fat(g): 1.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 25
  • Sodium (mg): 880
  • Carbs (g): 36
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Sugar (g): 1
  • Prot (g): 29
  • Vit A %: 0%
  • Vit C %: 0%
  • Calcium%: 8%
  • Iron %: 30%


* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Nutrition Facts Source:


Richard B.

Place rating: 4

Maricopa, AZ

Wanted to try something other than Cabana. It was early and they had a drive thru, which was a plus. The breakfast tacos were delicious and not too pricey. However, the Barbacoa tacos were over 4 bucks each! Way more expensive than the others, and not any bigger. Only difference was the use of 2 tortillas, to deal with the greasiness. I mean, it was a good taco and good service, but those 4 dollars brought them down to 4 stars in my book.

After all, part of the breakfast taco’s popularity is in the value/​price category. You increase the price, and you decrease the value.


Denise R.

San Angelo, TX


Updated review

After receiving a response from the restaurant, I decided to give an additional star for customer service. I think the food would have tasted better without the distraction of a dirty dining room. I'm willing to give it another try considering the reasons provided by the restaurant.


Crystal H.

San Antonio, TX


Updated review

This place has become one of my absolute favorites!!! The customer service is always on point. The food has never disappointed and the price is more than fair for the quality. I have visited many times and have brought friends to try and they fall in love! I've tried so many different food items, but my favorite has to be anything with al pastor.  I'll definitely be back soon!


Trey E.

Alamo Heights, TX


Updated review

58 check-ins

These strange COVID times are impacting us all, but until Taco P can get it's act together for to-go and pickup orders, you're best off heading elsewhere for your taco fix. Wrong orders, comically long wait times, and a disconnected phone like make for a really poor experience. I'll happily remove this update once their dining room is reopened but until then steer clear.

The Most Popular Queries

What is Barbacoa?

Ans:  In Mexico, Barbacoa refers to meat or whole sheep that is slow-cooked over an open fire. More traditionally, it is cooked in a hole dug in the ground covered with maguey leaves, although the interpretation is loose. But in the present day, barbacoa is beef, goat, or lamb meat that is slow-cooked until it becomes tender and then shredded to use in different dishes.


How can I use barbacoa rather than tacos?

Ans: Barbacoa is not only used for tacos, but also you can put it in burritos, taco salads, quesadillas and more.

Latest News 

Taco Palenque accompanies their foodie fans even in the virtual meetings

Taco Palenque accompanies their customers even in the virtual meetings during COVID pandemic situation, reported by Taco Palenque.

They have posted about this news on their website

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Video conferencing is becoming very common these days; whether it’s business meetings, with friends, or with your family Taco P offers you for 3 different backgrounds FREE for you, to use during your daily video conferencing and have fun!