barbacoa /ˈbɑːbəkəʊə/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. (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 fried tortilla filled with your choice of marinated chicken, barbacoa, or carnitas.
– origin 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.

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