Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa

Not only is this the easiest Beef Barbacoa I’ve ever made, but it’s one of the tastiest as well! Make this deliciously tender barbacoa recipe in a fraction of the time right in your Instant Pot.

Lightly sauced shredded beef barbacoa served in a light blue serving dish.

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What Is Barbacoa?

Barbacoa is Mexican barbecue meat that is typically sheep, goat, or beef. It’s traditionally cooked underground until it is super tender and delicious. Since most of us don’t have the option of burying our meat, I decided to modify the recipe for the Instant Pot to create delicious and tender barbacoa meat.

What Makes This Beef Barbacoa Recipe So Quick And Delicious

  • Better than the original. This is a great take on Chipotle Barbacoa.
  • Inexpensive. Skip the high takeout prices and make your own at home.
  • Great topper. Use this as a topping for rice or salad.
  • Easy. A great hands-off Instant Pot recipe.
  • Keto. Great for a keto lifestyle.
  • Low Carb. Skip the tortillas and eat with some cheese and sour cream for a great low carb main course.

How To Make Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa

Step by step instructions on how to make Beef Barbacoa in your Instant Pot.
  1. Chop beef roast into pieces.
  2. In the Instant Pot, combine the beef roast pieces and the blended ingredients.
  3. Secure the lid on the pot. Close the pressure-release valve. Select MANUAL/HIGH PRESSURE and set the pot at HIGH pressure for 30 minutes. When cook time is complete, let pot release pressure naturally for 10 minutes, and then release all remaining pressure.
  4. Remove the beef to a cutting board.
  5. Using two forks, shred the beef. Add it back to the Instant Pot.
  6. Stir in lime juice and serve.

What Type Of Beef Is Barbacoa?

Traditionally, barbacoa meat is either sheep, goat or beef. However, most recipes online (including this Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa recipe) will have you use chuck roast.

It’s also widely believed that Chipotle barbacoa is made of chuck roast as well. And let me tell you, it’s the perfect cut of meat for this dish as it comes about perfectly tender and delicious every time!

What Does Barbacoa Taste Like?

Beef Barbacoa is perfectly tangy, savory, salty and spicy all at the same time. It has a rich, beefy flavor that’s bursting with Mexican spices and it’s easily one of my favorite Mexican dishes.

Tips And Tricks For Making Beef Barbacoa

  • I wrote this for 1 pound of meat because many of us can’t finish several pounds of meat at once. But you can always double or triple the recipe. If you do that, double or triple everything except the water.
  • You can freeze the leftovers along with some of the cooking liquid to keep it moist when defrosting.

Beef Barbacoa Serving Suggestions

  • Salad: Use the cooking liquid as a dressing. You may choose to use romaine lettuce, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, chopped red onions, and cilantro.
  • Tacos: Wrap in corn or four tortillas with chopped red onions and cilantro. Keep it low carb with your favorite low carb tortilla shell.
  • Over Rice: Cook brown rice pot in pot in the same pot as the meat cooks.
  • Lettuce Wrap: Wrap the meat in a lettuce leaf to keep it keto.

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Lightly sauced shredded beef barbacoa served in a light blue serving dish.

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Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa

Not only is this the easiest Beef Barbacoa I’ve ever made, but it’s one of the tastiest as well! Make this deliciously tender barbacoa recipe in a fraction of the time right in your Instant Pot.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Natural Pressure Release: 10 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Course: Main Courses

Cuisine: Mexican

Keyword: Barbacoa Beef, Beef Barbacoa, Instant Pot Barbacoa

Servings: 8

Calories: 116kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small blender jar, blend together vinegar, chipotle chili, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, chile powder, ground cloves, and water.
  • In the Instant Pot, combine the beef roast pieces and the blended ingredients.
  • Secure the lid on the pot. Close the pressure-release valve. Select MANUAL/HIGH PRESSURE and set the pot at HIGH pressure for 30 minutes. When cook time is complete, let pot release pressure naturally for 10 minutes, and then release all remaining pressure.

  • Remove the beef to a cutting board. Using two forks, shred the beef. Add it back to the Instant Pot. Stir in lime juice and serve.

Tips And Tricks For Making Beef Barbacoa

  • I wrote this for 1 pound of meat because many of us can’t finish several pounds of meat at once. But you can always double or triple the recipe. If you do that, double or triple everything except the water.
  • You can freeze the leftovers along with some of the cooking liquid to keep it moist when defrosting.

Beef Barbacoa Serving Suggestions

  • Salad: Use the cooking liquid as a dressing. You may choose to use romaine lettuce, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, chopped red onions, and cilantro.
  • Tacos: Wrap in corn or four tortillas with chopped red onions and cilantro.
  • Over Rice: Cook brown rice pot in pot in the same pot as the meat cooks.

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Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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Originally Published February 17, 2020

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