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Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa Tacos

A delicious and easy dump and start Instant Pot recipe for beef barbacoa tacos that can feed a crowd. Barbacoa beef is a perfect for taquitos, burritos, and enchiladas as well!

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.

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What’s in Beef Barbacoa

For the full list of ingredients and the ingredient amounts, check the recipe card at the bottom of the post!

  • Chuck Roast or eye of round –  more traditionally beef barbacoa is made with either beef cheeks or goat meat.
  • Oil
  • Garlic cloves
  • Lime juice
  • Cumin
  • Cloves
  • Chicken broth, low sodium
  • Apple cider
  • Onion
  • Chipotles in abodo sauce
  • Oregano
  • Bay leaves

Garnishments for barbacoa beef

  • Cilantro
  • Pico de gallo
  • Freshly sliced limes
  • guacamole

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

Serving the Beef Barbacoa Tacos

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.

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

Add Some Heat to the Barbacoa

I use about 5 tbsp of the chipotles 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, freshly sliced limes, and cilantro.
Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa Tacos

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

Delicious and flavorful beef barbacoa tacos made in the Instant Pot. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Natural Release 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 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


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

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Sunday 11th of April 2021

Many thanks for sharing this taco recipe. We love tacos in our family. I am always looking for new versions to try. A must for us.

Fiona Manoon

Thursday 28th of March 2019

Thank you so much for sharing recipes.Great blog!!!

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