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The amazing flavors of a classic Mexican recipe made quickly and easily. Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef is excellent in tacos, burritos and Mexican casseroles.
My favorite meat to get at Chipotle is barbacoa. I’m the only one in my family that chooses this shredded beef. It’s not that no one else likes it…they just choose steak over my shredded beef! If you love beef barbacoa like me, make this easy Instant Pot barbacoa beef at home!
Barbacoa originated in the Caribbean. The word itself means “barbecue”, but in modern Mexico it refers to meat that has been slow cooked to a fork-tender perfection. All of the peppers and other spices give it a strong flavor which makes go so perfectly with rice and beans in burritos, tacos and Mexican casseroles.
This barbacoa recipe is quickly made in the Instant Pot. You’ll start with a 2 1/2-3 ½ pound chuck roast. Cut the chuck roast into cubes. Set the Instant Pot to saute and allow the oil to get hot. Add the beef and stir it to brown lightly.
Next you’ll add the dry spices to the beef and stir it again. Then stir in the chipotle pepper and garlic. Lastly you’ll add the broth, vinegar and sugar.
Then you’re ready to set the Instant Pot! You’ll use high pressure for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Seal the lid and allow the Instant Pot to do it’s thing.
Once the timer goes off you’ll allow the cooker to vent naturally. Once pressure is released you’re ready to eat serve up the shredded beef!
You can also make this recipe in the slow cooker. Brown the beef in a skillet, adding in the dry spices. Once the beef is browned, add in the broth, vinegar and sugar. Scoop all of this into a slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.