Restaurant Recipes

Chipotle Mexican Grill Barbacoa Burrito

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  • 4 guajillo chiles
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 10 allspice berries
  • 1/3 cup Mexican oregano
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 Spanish onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 (6 to 8-pound) beef roast
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 (2 pound) package dried avocado leaves*

For serving

  • Large tortilla for wrap
  • Beans, rice and vegetables of your choice


  1. Toast chiles, cover with boiling water in a deep bowl, and set aside for 20 minutes.
  2. Grind cumin, cloves, allspice, and oregano in coffee grinder. Drain soaked chiles, puree in blender the chiles, ground spices, thyme, garlic, onion, vinegar and 1/2 cup of water. Process until smooth. Push mixture through a sieve, season roast with salt and pepper. Rub paste all over the meat. Arrange in a bowl and allow to marinate for 4 hours, refrigerated.
  3. Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  4. In a deep roaster pan scatter half of the avocado leaves on the bottom, place meat on top of the avocado leaves and scatter the remaining leaves over the meat. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil. Cook the roast 6 to 7 hours until meat is falling off the bone.
  5. Heat tortilla until it is warm and soft. Place barbacoa, beans, rice and vegetables of choice on tortilla. Wrap tortilla in long circular manner to create burrito.


* Fresh avocado leaves are toxic, they must be dried to be used for cooking.


Chef Kent Chambless, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Phoenix, Arizona

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