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Instant Pot Barbacoa Recipe: Effortless & Flavorful Instant Pot Barbacoa Recipe: Effortless & Flavorful


Instant Pot Barbacoa Recipe: Effortless & Flavorful

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot Barbacoa recipe is my go-to for a hearty, flavorful meal. Tender beef, aromatic spices, and a kick of chipotle - it's a fiesta in every bite!

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I've been rustling up something delectable in the kitchen, and I can't help but share it. Imagine succulent beef with a smoky hint of chipotle pepper, flawlessly seasoned and cooked to tender perfection. We're fixing up some Instant Pot Barbacoa today and believe me, it's something you're going to want to try. It's inviting, it's hearty, and the flavor profile is out of this world. Can you already smell it? Let's get cooking!

Ingredients for Delicious Instant Pot Barbacoa

  • Beef chuck roast: Tender and flavorful cut of meat that becomes succulent and easy to shred after cooking in the Instant Pot.
  • Onion: Adds a sweet and savory depth of flavor to the barbacoa, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
  • Garlic: Provides a pungent and aromatic flavor that complements the richness of the beef and other spices.
  • Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce: Infuses a smoky and spicy kick to the barbacoa, adding a unique and bold flavor profile.
  • Ground cumin: Offers a warm and earthy flavor that pairs well with the beef and enhances the overall taste of the dish.
  • Dried oregano: Adds a hint of floral and slightly bitter flavor that complements the other spices in the barbacoa.
  • Ground cloves: Provides a warm and sweet flavor with a hint of bitterness, adding complexity to the barbacoa.
  • Beef broth: Adds richness and depth to the sauce, infusing the meat with savory flavors during the cooking process.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Balances the richness of the beef and spices with a tangy and slightly sweet acidity, enhancing the overall taste.

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Essential Tools for Making Instant Pot Barbacoa

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the beef quickly and efficiently.
  • Cutting board: Needed for chopping the onion and preparing the beef chuck roast.
  • Knife: Essential for cutting the beef chuck roast into smaller, manageable pieces.
  • Measuring cup: Necessary for accurately measuring the beef broth and apple cider vinegar.
  • Forks: Used for shredding the cooked beef chuck roast before serving.

Serves: 6 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 3 lbs beef chuck roast, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  2. Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot.
  3. Close the lid and set the valve to sealing.
  4. Cook on high pressure for 60 minutes.
  5. Let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
  6. Shred the beef with two forks.
  7. Serve the barbacoa in tacos, burritos, or over rice.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 380 kcal | Carbohydrates: 4 g | Protein: 36 g | Total Fat: 24 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 120 mg | Sodium: 350 mg | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Calcium: 50 mg | Potassium: 600 mg | Iron: 4 mg | Vitamin A: 100 µg | Vitamin C: 5 mg

Tips for Making Instant Pot Barbacoa Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the barbacoa according to the recipe.
  • Let it cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the barbacoa according to the recipe.
  • Allow it to cool.
  • Place in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.

Barbacoa traditionally refers to a method of cooking meat slowly over an open fire or in a pit, originating from the Caribbean and Mexico.

Common Questions About Making Instant Pot Barbacoa

Can I use a different cut of beef for this barbacoa recipe?
Yes, you can use beef brisket or beef shoulder as alternatives to beef chuck roast.
How spicy is this barbacoa recipe with the chipotle pepper?
The chipotle pepper adds a mild to medium level of spiciness, but you can adjust the amount to suit your taste preferences.
Can I make this barbacoa recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the barbacoa ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze it for longer storage.
Is it necessary to sear the beef before cooking it in the instant pot?
Searing the beef before cooking can enhance the flavor, but it's not necessary. You can skip this step if you're short on time.
Can I double this recipe in the instant pot?
It's best not to double the recipe in the instant pot to ensure proper cooking and pressure build-up. If you need to make a larger batch, it's recommended to cook it in two separate batches.

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