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September 29, 2022

One Pot Lamb Barbacoa Tacos


Recipe Provided By
"Blue Bowl"
Prep Time


Cook Time


Total Time

2Hr 15min


6-8 tacos

lamb tacos with garnishes and lime wedges


  • 1- and 1/2-pound boneless American lamb shank or shoulder, (cut into large cubes).(Have your butcher do this)
  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves, (minced)
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small lime, (zested & juiced), (about 2 tbsp)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, (use chopped chipotle chilis if you want more spice)
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • For Serving 
  • Tortillas
  • Cotija cheese
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Any other toppings as desired


Marinate the Lamb:

Add all lamb ingredients to a large Tupperware container and stir to combine. Add the lamb and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 24.

Braise the Lamb:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large Dutch oven (or similar oven-safe pot) over medium heat.

Brown the lamb on all sides, working in batches as needed. Once lamb has been browned, pour in the marinade, and add a bit of extra beef broth so the lamb is at least halfway submerged in liquid. Add the lid, and place in the oven. Cook for 1 hr 45 minutes to 2 hrs 15 minutes.

The lamb meat will fall apart tender when tested with a fork when done. USDA recommends lamb reach an internal temp of 145 degrees F with a 3-minute rest.

Serve + Store: Remove meat from the pot and skim any fat from the braising liquid. Return the meat to the liquid, then get out your taco fixings and serve! Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

lamb chunks marinating in a bowl
shredded lamb meat on a sheet tray
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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


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