Chipotle Braised Beef

What better way to enjoy beef than just dripping with sauce flavored by earthy and smoky chipotle pepper?  

Chipotle braised beef is just full of delicious flavor. And better yet, it’s one forgiving recipe too. Even the cheapest cut of beef will give you some magical results.  The longer you cook the beef at a low temperature the more succulent and delicious it becomes.  Five to eight hours of low and slow cooking is enough but overnight is even better. Fifteen hours and the beef will be like butter when you pull it apart. If you cook for more than 8 hours it would be prudent to check it does not become too dry.  Remove from the oven and simply add a little water if the juices are becoming low.

The spiciness will be upper mild to medium with the recipe as it stands, but if you want your chipotle braised beef hotter you have two options. You could opt for doubling up the chipotle powder and cayenne. But as this is a big dish meant for many, you may run into some friends and family not liking all that extra spice (and the extra smokiness to boot).

A better option is to add some whole chilies into the casserole when cooking.  This way you can serve the hotheads some extra spice without making the chipotle braised beef too much for others. And trust us: The juices from the beef will make the extra chilies taste like no other.

Chipotle Braised Beef

Chipotle Braised Beef

Smoky and tender, perfect as a meal or a topping
5 from 1 vote
Course Meal, Side
Servings 8 servings
Calories 220 kcal



  • Peel the carrot and onions. Chop the carrots and cut the onions into large chunks. Place the pieces in a casserole dish.
  • Cut the garlic bulb in half and place both halves into the dish with the vegetables. Keep the skin intact.
  • Sprinkle the chipotle powder, cayenne powder, black pepper, and salt over the vegetables.
  • Add the red wine and beef broth to the casserole dish and place the beef on top.
  • Seal the casserole dish with kitchen foil and place in the oven at around 220 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-8 hours (the longer the better).
  • 30 minutes before you wish to serve the beef, turn the oven to 390 degrees Fahrenheit and remove the foil.
  • Remove from the oven and serve in chunks or shred the beef for tacos or pizza.


Calories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 25gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 329mgPotassium: 518mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2674IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 3mg


Keyword Cayenne Pepper, Chipotle Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on March 1, 2020 to include new content. It was originally published on February 25, 2020.