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braised beef barbacoa enchiladas

Beer Braised Beef Enchiladas

These easy beer braised beef enchiladas as tender beef barbacoa cooked in a flavorful sauce and cooked inside flour tortillas topped with sauce and cheese. 
Course Main
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 602kcal
Author Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell


Beer Braised Beef Barbacoa

  • 3 lb Beef chuck roast
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil divided
  • 2 Dried guajillo peppers soaked stemmed and seeded
  • 2 Dried ancho peppers soaked stemmed and seeded
  • 7 oz can Chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Dried oregano
  • ½ tsp Ground cinnamon
  • ¼ c Pilsner beer

Beef Enchiladas


Beer Braised Beef Barbacoa

  • Soak the dried guajillo peppers and ancho peppers in a bowl covered with water for 1 to 4 hours until softened.
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  • Add the olive oil to a dutch oven or large pan with a oven proof lid. Heat oil on medium to high heat. Sear the seasoned beef for 2 mins on each side. Set aside once seared.
  • In a blender, add in guajillo peppers, ancho peppers, can of chipotle, garlic cloves, brown sugar, salt, oregano, cinnamon, and beer.
  • Blend until smooth
  • Pour sauce over beef in the pan. Place the lid on and braise in oven for 2 1/2 hours.
  • Remove beef and shred.
  • Remove 1 cup of sauce and set aside for enchiladas.
  • Return shredded beef to pan and stir into the remainder of the sauce.

Beef Enchiladas

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Pour ¼ cup of the reserved sauce in the bottom of the baking dish.
  • To each tortilla add shredded beef (about ½ cup) and a small handful of cheddar cheese (about ¼ cup).
  • Wrap tortillas tightly around filling, placing seam side down in baking dish.
  • Pour remaining sauce on top of the enchiladas and sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese down the middle.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Garnish with desired toppings like diced tomatoes, green onions, queso blanco and cilantro


Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 1133mg | Potassium: 824mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4095IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 275mg | Iron: 6mg