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Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa Tacos served with pico de gallo, fresh sliced limes, and cilantro

A delicious and easy dump and start Instant Pot recipe for beef barbacoa tacos that can feed a crowd.

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Dump and Start Instant Pot Meal

This is a really simple recipe to make using your Instant Pot and it ready incredibly faster than using the slow cooker method.  I saute the beef before adding everything in the pot because it gives the beef a nicer texture and added flavor.  You can just add everything into the pot if you want to, I just prefer to brown my beef first.  I always blend my ingredients in my food processor when making this meal because the sauce is smooth and not chunky.  It can be made by adding diced ingredients but it will change the consistency of the finished meal. 

 

Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa Tacos served with pico de gallo, fresh sliced limes, and cilantro

 

Serving the Beef Barbacoa

Serving freshly made pico de gallo, guacamole, freshly sliced limes, and cilantro really completes this meal!  You can also serve this meal over rice, as a beef bowl, or even use barbacoa in lettuce wraps.  This recipe makes enough for at least 8 servings so it’s perfect for feeding a crowd!  Setting up a bar with choices of toppings is sure to be a hit and everyone will find something they would like as a topping.

 

Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa Tacos served with pico de gallo, fresh sliced limes, and cilantro

 

Add Some Heat to the Barbacoa

I use about 5 tbsp of the chiptoles in abodo sauce when I make barbacoa beef.  If you want it on the milder side, reduce the chipotles to 2 tbsp instead.  If you want a lot of heat in this recipe, add more than the 5 tbsp of chipotles that I add… it will be spicy! 

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Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa Tacos served with pico de gallo, fresh sliced limes, and cilantro

Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa Tacos served with pico de gallo, fresh sliced limes, and cilantro

Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Delicious and flavorful beef barbacoa tacos made in the Instant Pot. 
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: beef, dinner, tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Natural Release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 lb eye of round beef or chuck roast
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 small onion coarsely chopped
  • 3-5 tbsp chipotles in abodo sauce
  • 3 tsp oregano
  • 3 bay leaves
  • cilantro
  • pico de gallo
  • freshly sliced limes
  • tortilla shells
  • guacamole

Instructions

  • In a food processor, blend together the garlic, lime juice, cumin, cloves, chicken broth, apple cider, chiptoles, and oregano until smooth.
  • Trim fat from the beef and cut into 6 chunks of meat.
  • Add oil to the Instant Pot and set it to SAUTE.
  • Saute all sides of the beef until browned.
  • Scrape bottom of the inner liner so remove anything sticking (will prevent burn notice).
  • Top the beef with chopped onions.
  • Pour in the blended mixture and lay 3 bay leaves on top of the beef.
  • Close the lid and set to MANUAL for 65 minutes.
  • Allow a Natural Release for 15 minutes.
  • Discard bay leaves.
  • Remove beef from the Instant Pot and shred.
  • Add back into the pot, stir the beef into the juices and serve with a slotted spoon.
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