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Instant Pot Barbacoa

This Instant Pot Barbacoa is bursting with flavor and so versatile that it will soon be one of your top ways to cook beef. It’s juicy, tender, and perfectly seasoned!

Categories Crock Pot, Dinner, Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Weeknight Dinner
Difficulty Easy
Keyword instant pot barbacoa, instant pot taco recipes, instant pot tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 tacos
Calories 333 kcal
Author Lacey Baier


For The Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil divided
  • 2 lbs. chuck roast
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce or more, to taste
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup low sodium beef broth

For the Toppings if Using the Barbacoa in Tacos:


  1. Push the “Sauté “button on the Instant Pot and set to high. Add 1 tbsp of the olive oil and allow to get hot.

  2. Add the beef to the Instant Pot

    and sear the meat on all sides until well-browned, about 3 minutes each side.

  3. Take out the meat out of the Instant Pot, and add the onions and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant and the onions are beginning to sweat.
  4. Add the beef broth and stir to combine, scraping any bits off the bottom of the pot.
  5. Combine the chipotles, green chiles, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, cumin, oregano, sea salt, black pepper, cloves, and remaining olive oil. Add to the Instant Pot.

  6. Return the meat to the Instant Pot.

  7. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, and seal closed. Push the vent knob to the back.
  8. Cancel the “Sauté” mode and then push the “Manual” button, and set to 50 minutes.
  9. When the timer goes off, quick release the vent or let it come down from pressure naturally.
  10. Shred the beef into bite size pieces.
  11. Use the barbacoa beef in tacos, topping with avocado, red onion, cottage cheese (AKA queso fresco), fresh cilantro and the salsa verde. Alternatively, enjoy with cauliflower rice, as a topping on a crunchy salad, or as an accompaniment to baked pita chips, and more.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Barbacoa
Amount Per Serving (1 taco)
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 404mg17%
Potassium 695mg20%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 337IU7%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.