Monday, January 15, 2018

Reviewing Barbacoa Sauce by Frontera

Barbacoa Sauce by Frontera
I have just returned from a camping trip. During that camping trip I used the Red Chili Barbacoa Slow Cook sauce with roasted tomato and chipotle by Frontera. These little packets of sauce are my favorite. I use it in roasts, soups, tacos, quesadillas, and tamales. If you like Mexican foods and Mexican inspired recipes, I think you would like this barbacoa sauce.


Beef Barbacoa Red Chili Slow Cook Sauce


I learned about these sauce packets from my son, who typically likes food that is spicier than what I can tolerate. However, he thought I'd like the flavor of the soups he makes with this sauce, and he was right. It is spicy but not too spicy - the label lists it as "mild". In my opinion (and I am not a chef) it has a smokey, spicy, rich flavor.

He calls them soups, but to me they are thicker and richer, more like a beef stew. We both make these soups with a variety of ingredients; beef, carrots, hominy, potatoes, yams, onions, peppers, and so much more. Basically, you start with a base of beef and the barbacoa sauce, then add what you have on hand.

While camping, I only brought along the packet of barbacoa, and roast, and some potatoes. I slow cooked it in an enameled pan on top of the wood stove. What a wonderfully easy and delicious meal.


Delicious barbacoa roast with potatoes



Frontera Foods


Frontera Foods may or may not sound familiar to you. But the
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name Chef Rick Bayless may sound more familiar. He appears on a public television cooking show called Mexico - One Plate at a Time
Also, Chef Bayless has written several cookbooks. 

I enjoy watching his shows, I like his recipes, and am very thankful for this sauce that helps me easily create meals with an authentic Mexican flavor. In fact, thanks to a lesson from my son and this wonderful barbacoa sauce, I recently made tamales in my own kitchen. 


Where to Buy Frontera Beef Barbacoa Sauce


I have trouble finding the sauce in the stores local to me. I am fortunate that my son always stocks up on packets and saves them for me. He easily finds them at his local Target store. They are available on Amazon and the Frontera Foods website has a list of participating groceries. My local groceries, that are not on the list, carry the Frontera products in a hit and miss fashion.

Side Notes: 

For more information about The Shack (my current camping trips and my future retirement/homestead plans) take a peek at my blog Treasures, Travel, and Tales. Also, the pan in the photo may look familiar. I purchased it for The Shack and wrote a review about it in February 2016. I still believe that Enameled Cast Iron - Pricey but Worth It. Unfortunately, it looks like these little pans by Martha Stewart are a little more difficult to get. Good thing there are many other brands still easily available.


A few of the cookbooks by Rick Bayless on his Amazon author page



Note: The author may receive a commission from purchases made using links found in this article.

7 comments:

  1. I admit, I am not big on spicy food myself, however we do use several "mild" Mexican seasonings in tacos and enchiladas. Sounds like this would be a great seasoning sauce for us to try. We were just discussing making steak fajitas this week. That would be the perfect time to try this recommended Barbacoa sauce!

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    1. I think you'll like it with fajitas. The only time it starts to get a little too spicy is with the roast and potatoes style. The 'taters really soak up the spices. If you try it, please let me know what you think.

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  2. My hubby and I love spicy foods, I will give this Barbacoa sauce a try. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    1. I hope you like it. My son loves spicy foods. He makes a green salsa that I can't even get near. If you try this barbacoa, I hope you let me know how you like it.

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  3. Sounds delicious, Dawn Rae, for those who love spicy food and Mexican style food. Alas, I cannot eat either, but my sons LOVE spicy stuff. I will share this article with them as they are always looking to try new things with their cooking adventures. PS: Both are excellent cooks and love to experiment. Didn't get it from me; the credit goes to their dad. :)

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  4. that really does sound like a delicious addition to stews or soups, I hadn't heard of it before this - and cooking on a wood stove, I'll bet the meal was outstanding!

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  5. I don't eat spicy foods, but I'll pass this along to my friends who do.

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