My shredded beef tacos are a must have for your next Mexican inspired feast! Unlike the traditional barbacoa, this recipe doesn’t require meat roasted on an open fire or underground. A long, slow roast in the oven will give you tender, delicious barbacoa flavor that takes very little prep time for the chef.
I love hosting friends and family for special meals. Kenny and I have hosted dozens of dinner soirees in our four years of marriage and I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. Preparing for dinner parties used to cause lots of anxiety and marital squabbles between my love and me. We’ve come a long way and I’ve learned how to make stress free meals that allow us to enjoy our guests and each other without unnecessary feuding.
Part of learning how to entertain was understanding how to choose an appropriate menu for each occasion. When my hospitality journey first started, I chose menus based on what sounded delicious. This lead me to cooking Beef Wellington for 15 people. The problem with Beef Wellington for 15 people is that the cut of meat the recipe requires (fillet mignon) is quite pricey and the dish requires a lot of hands-on effort. Beef Wellington is a special and wonderful dish to serve when hosting another couple or even two but when the guest list starts sliding into double digits you’re looking at a really high grocery bill and lots of time in the kitchen.
When the opportunity to host Father’s Day at Casa Campos arose, I wanted to cook a large piece of meat that didn’t break the bank or require me to be cooped up in the kitchen all day. Shredded beef tacos were the perfect menu feature because I purchased a large quantity of chuck roast for a fraction of the cost of other meats. Also, since most of the effort for barbacoa is done the night before – I spent game day relaxing while the oven cooked the meat without my help. By the time my dad and family arrived, I was relaxed and ready to spend quality time with my loved ones and the beef was tender and ready to serve!
You can use this recipe to make barbacoa style beef for tacos, burritos, or nachos. I’ve listed some optional accompaniments for killer tacos but you can choose your own adventure and serve this meat any way you like!