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Mexican Lamb Barbacoa Hidalgo Style

30 mins
1h 30 mins
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Barbacoa is prepared in many places in Mexico and is a very traditional dish where meat is cooked in a Pit, this means in an "earth oven", where the meat is covered with roasted maguey leaf. Obtaining a very soft and juicy meat in addition to very tasty, served with a soup made with the juices from the cooking, chickpeas and carrots. A very satisfying and traditional dish you can make now in your home!
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8 portions
  • 1 penca de maguey, grilled
  • 2 kilos lamb meat, (leg, clean)
  • to taste sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon allspices
  • 2 avocado leaves, chopped
  • 12 cups Water
  • 1/4 cups chickpea
  • 1/4 cups carrot, chopped in cubes
  • 1/4 cups rice
  • 1 chipotle chili
  • 1/4 white onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 branch epazote
  • to taste onion, finely chopped, to serve with
  • to taste fresh coriander, finely chopped, to serve with
  • to taste lemon, to serve with
  • to taste corn tortilla, handmade, to serve with
  • to taste avocado, to serve with
  • to taste sauce, borracha- to serve with


On a board place the maguey leaf, add the meat, season with sea salt, whole black pepper and avocado leaves. With kitchen twine, close the maguey leaf wrapped around the meat. Reserve.
Add the water with the chickpeas, carrot, rice, salt, chipotle chile, onion, garlic and epazote to the pressure cooker, place a grid and on top of this the leaf with the meat.
Cover the pressure cooker and cook the barbecoa for 90 minutes after the valve starts to sound. Let it cool.
Remove the meat from the pressure cooker and reserve the broth. Chop the meat into small pieces.
Serve the barbacoa with the broth and garnish with onion, cilantro, avocado, lime, hot corn tortillas and sauce.


Serve the chopped meat on the maguey leaf, with the soup and corn tortillas, onion, cilantro, limes and salsa.


The maguey leaf should be roasted to make it more flexible.

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Ratings (6)
Javier Saldaña
17/09/2020 21:33:12
Excelente platillo de barbacoa con consome.
Luisa Colorado
17/06/2019 10:43:47
cual es la capacidad de la olla de presión
Fidel González
21/03/2019 00:40:37
Aunque no cuente con los datos de la Información Nutricional, se ve riquísima y es más que suficiente
Noemy Ramirez
10/08/2018 08:11:41
Se ve deliciosa trataré de hacerla gracias por compartir
erick zeus
11/07/2018 17:44:26
La voy a preparar
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