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Instant Pot Birria Recipe: Savory & Simple Instant Pot Birria Recipe: Savory & Simple


Instant Pot Birria Recipe: Savory & Simple

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Instant Pot Birria recipe is my go-to comfort food. Tender beef, aromatic spices, and a kick of chili, all melded together in one pot. It's hearty, flavorful, and oh-so satisfying!

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Ready for a culinary journey? I'm sharing my home-tested Instant Pot Birria recipe! This tantalizing dish combines tender beef, aromatic spices, and a delightful chili mixture that'll make your taste buds dance. Easy to prepare and bursting with authentic flavors, this warming stew will leave you craving more. Follow along as we dive into the magical world of Mexican cuisine. Trust me, you'll want to try this at home!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Birria

  • Beef chuck roast: Tender and flavorful cut that becomes succulent when cooked slowly, perfect for rich and hearty stews like birria.
  • Vegetable oil: Used for browning meat and sautéing aromatics, adding depth of flavor and aiding in the cooking process.
  • Onion: Adds sweetness and depth to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the birria.
  • Garlic: Provides a pungent and aromatic flavor base, essential for building layers of taste in the birria.
  • Ground cumin: Earthy and warm spice that adds depth and complexity to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Dried oregano: Herbaceous and slightly bitter, oregano complements the richness of the meat and adds a distinctive flavor to birria.
  • Bay leaves: Imparts a subtle, floral aroma and flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall complexity of the birria.
  • Diced tomatoes: Adds a touch of acidity and sweetness, balancing the richness of the meat and spices in the birria.
  • Beef broth: Provides a rich and savory base for the stew, intensifying the meaty flavors and creating a luscious sauce.
  • Dried guajillo chilies: Adds a deep, smoky flavor and mild heat to the dish, contributing to the signature taste of birria.
  • Dried ancho chilies: Brings a fruity and slightly sweet heat to the birria, adding complexity and depth to the sauce.
  • Ground cinnamon: Adds warmth and a hint of sweetness to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the birria.
  • Ground cloves: Offers a warm, aromatic flavor with a touch of sweetness, complementing the richness of the meat in birria.
  • Ground ginger: Adds a subtle heat and earthy flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall complexity of the birria.
  • Ground coriander: Citrusy and slightly sweet, coriander adds a bright and fresh note to the birria, balancing the rich flavors.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Provides a tangy acidity that cuts through the richness of the meat, balancing the flavors in the birria.

Essential Tools for Making This Birria Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the beef quickly and efficiently, infusing flavors and tenderizing the meat perfectly.
  • Blender: Needed to blend the dried chilies, spices, and vinegar into a smooth mixture for the birria sauce.

Serves: 6 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Total time: 1 hour


  • 3 lbs beef chuck roast, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 dried guajillo chilies, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 dried ancho chilies, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar


  1. Season beef with salt and pepper.
  2. Set Instant Pot to sauté mode, heat oil, and brown beef in batches. Remove and set aside.
  3. Sauté onion and garlic until fragrant.
  4. Add cumin, oregano, bay leaves, diced tomatoes, beef broth, and beef back to the pot.
  5. Close lid, set to high pressure for 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, blend chilies, spices, and vinegar until smooth.
  7. Quick release pressure, shred beef, and stir in chili mixture.
  8. Set to sauté mode and cook until thickened.
  9. Serve in bowls with warm tortillas and enjoy!

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 450 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 35 g | Total Fat: 30 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 120 mg | Sodium: 800 mg | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 5 g | Calcium: 100 mg | Potassium: 800 mg | Iron: 5 mg | Vitamin A: 500 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Tips for Making Birria Ahead of Time and Freezing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the birria 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 birria according to the recipe.
  • Allow it to cool.
  • Place in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Birria is traditionally made with goat meat, but beef is commonly used as a substitute in many recipes.

Common Questions About Instant Pot Birria

Can I use a different cut of meat for this birria recipe?
Yes, you can use other cuts like beef shank or brisket for this recipe, but chuck roast works best for its tenderness and flavor.
How spicy is this birria recipe?
The level of spiciness can be adjusted by adding more or fewer chilies to suit your taste preferences.
Can I make this birria recipe ahead of time?
Yes, this birria recipe actually tastes even better the next day as the flavors have more time to meld together.
Can I freeze the leftover birria?
Absolutely! You can freeze the leftover birria in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
What can I serve with this birria?
This birria is traditionally served with warm tortillas, chopped onions, cilantro, lime wedges, and a side of consommé for dipping.

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