3lbchuck roast (approx size) cut into 2-3 inch chunks
3chipotle chilies in adobo sauce **see notes
¼cupfresh squeezed lime juice 2 limes
1large onionsliced into ¼ inch slices
14.5ozcan beef broth
Preheat the oven to 325°.
In a large oven safe pot (with a lid), like a dutch oven, over medium heat on the stove top heat the vegetable oil. While that heats cut your beef into 2-3 inch chunks. Pat them dry with paper towels and season with the salt and pepper.Working in batches, brown all the beef pieces in the oil (on two sides each).Add all the beef back to the pot and remove from the heat.
In a blender or food processor add the garlic cloves, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, onion powder, chipotles in adobo, lime juice, and vinegar. Process until it is a smooth paste.Note: if you need to add a little of the beef broth so it will process smooth, go ahead and do that!
Pour the chile mixture over the beef and coat it on all sides.
Nestle the cut onions and bay leaves around the beef. Pour the beef broth around the beef, careful not to pour it over the beef, removing the chile paste.
Pop the lid on the pot and place in the oven, cook for 2 ½ hours.
Remove the meat to a cutting board or rimmed baking sheet. Shred and chop the beef into bite sized pieces/shreds.
Optional - add the beef back to the broth and onions in the pot (remove the bay leaves and discard). Or you can strain some of the onions out and add to the beef.
Serve the warm shredded beef on tacos, in burritos or enchiladas, topped on a salad or rice bowl, or spread on nachos. The possibilities are endless.
Chipotle Peppers in Adobo: You will buy a small can of chipotle peppers in adobo and then use 3 of the individual peppers and a little sauce. If you like things spicier you can use 5 peppers.Freezing:You can make and freeze your Mexican Shredded Beef. Simply place on a baking sheet in one layer. Pop in the freezer for about 2 hours, then portion into freezer safe baggies. It will be good for 3 months. To reheat warm the frozen beef in the microwave or on the stove top. You can also let it thaw in the fridge overnight.