Definition of barbacoa in English:



  • (in Mexican cooking) beef, lamb, or other meat that has been slowly cooked with seasonings, typically shredded as a filling in tacos, burritos, etc.

    ‘a burrito stuffed with barbacoa’
    • ‘The hanger steak barbacoa, served in parchment paper tied up like a beggar's purse, was also strongly suggestive of Indian cuisine.’
    • ‘There was a disagreement among the crew as to how to cook the barbacoa.’
    • ‘In the Rio Grande Valley, barbacoa de cabeza is traditionally eaten on Sunday mornings.’
    • ‘They said barbacoa is best when the meat is carefully wrapped up in banana leaves.’
    • ‘The only issue is whether the goat, or chivo in Mexican Spanish, is to be prepared in a birria or as a barbacoa.’
    • ‘Best of all was a classic Mexican barbacoa, composed of spicy lamb shoulder steamed to a kind of savory tenderness in banana and avocado leaves and served with a little pile of corn tortillas.’
    • ‘The barbacoa was served on the soft corn tortillas.’
    • ‘Banana leaves impart a superior, more traditional flavor to the barbacoa.’
    • ‘If you want to try barbacoa de cabeza at home, try wrapping the cabeza in foil and baking it in an oven or over a charcoal grill.’
    • ‘The Vegetarian is almost as bad as the Barbacoa Burrito, with 1,120 calories, 2,870 mg of sodium, and 15 grams of sat fat.’



/ˌbärbəˈkōə/ /ˌbɑrbəˈkoʊə/


Mexican Spanish use of Spanish barbacoa ‘barbecue’ (see barbecue); in Mexican Spanish barbacoa can also refer to an underground oven in which meat is cooked slowly.