Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef

Easy Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef
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Delicious Mexican barbacoa-style beef on a weeknight? Yes, it’s possible with this simple recipe. Use it for tacos, bowls, burritos, salads, and more. Plus, it’s gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free, so you can satisfy the pickiest of eaters.



*Chef’s note: If using a beef roast, cut it into cubes, then proceed with the recipe. You may also need to increase cooking time by 5 to 15 minutes.

Recipe by Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, LD of Lively Table.

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Prep time

5 min.

Cook time

40 min.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 lb beef stew meat (you can also use a beef roast*)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 small white onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano (or regular oregano)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
Thaw stew meat and pat dry with paper towels. If using a roast, chop it into cubes.
Turn Instant Pot to Sauté mode on high or “more.” Heat oil in the bottom of the pot. Add stew meat and brown for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Lock lid on Instant Pot, sealing the vent. Turn to Pressure Cook mode on high pressure setting. Set timer for 30 minutes.
Once timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally before removing the lid. Remove bay leaves and shred the meat (you can use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment to make it easy). Add meat back to the juices and stir.