Instant Pot Authentic Beef Barbacoa

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Instant Pot Authentic Beef Barbacoa is a simple, no fuss shredded beef taco recipe.  A blend of spices gets rubbed into a beef chuck roast, and then pressure cooked for a tender, fall apart meat that can be served in tortillas or over rice.

Instant Pot Authentic Beef Barbacoa Recipe:

This beef barbacoa taco recipe is truly authentic. It belonged to the mother of a Spanish friend, and he kindly shared it with me (and all of you).  When I made it, he asked where his portion was to taste test, and I had to tell him that it went over so well, my family ate all of it.

The truth is that my kids are not so great at eating beef roasts. They much prefer to eat anything with ground beef. So it’s always a gamble when I try a new beef roast recipe.

In this case, it was a huge win.  My kids made me promise to never make any other recipe other than this authentic barbacoa recipe.  And I obliged because it is so easy!

What is beef barbacoa? It’s a traditional Spanish meal where beef (or goat) is slow cooked in a mixture of spices until perfectly fork tender.  Once cooked, the shredded beef can be used for tacos, served over rice or layered over a salad.

The barbacoa seasoning that my friend’s mom used is made from cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, sea salt and oregano. What I loved most about this easy instant pot shredded beef taco recipe is that I already had all the seasonings in my cabinet.

This barbacoa beef is super simple to make. To break it down, first you mix the spices, then you add just enough water to make a paste. Next, massage the paste onto chunks of beef roast.  Add the beef to the instant pot insert, pour 1 cup water over top. Seal, and cook on high pressure for 75 to 90 minutes. (75 minutes minimum, but 90 if you’ve got the time.)

 

How to Make Instant Pot Shredded Beef Tacos:

  1. Blend spices together; add enough water to make a thick paste.
  2. Cut beef into 3 inch cubes; spread spice paste over all sides of beef, rubbing it in as you go.
  3. Add beef to instant pot; add water.
  4. Put on the lid, locking in place.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 75-90 minutes.
  6. When finished cooking, use the quick pressure release method.
  7. Shred and serve on tortillas.

For the full instructions for Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Notes About Instant Pot Authentic Beef Barbacoa:

  • I prefer to use a beef chuck roast due to the nice amount of fat. This makes for a tender beef barbacoa taco.
  • Cut the beef roast into large 3-inch cubes.
  • A simple blend of spices are used for the barbacoa seasoning including ground cumin, chili powder, paprika. garlic powder, sea salt and dried oregano.
  •  Cook on high pressure for 75 to 90 minutes, according to the manufacturer’s instructions for your pressure cooker.  75 minutes is the minimum, but cook it for 90 minutes if you’ve got the time.
  • Don’t forget to factor in about 20 minutes for the pressure cooker to come up to pressure. This is in addition to the cooking time.
  • Use the quick pressure release method.
  • I used an Instant Pot.

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Instant Pot Authentic Beef Barbacoa

Instant Pot Authentic Beef Barbacoa is a simple, no fuss shredded beef taco recipe.  A blend of spices gets rubbed into a beef chuck, and then pressure cooked for a tender-fall apart meal that can be served in tortillas or over rice. 
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: authentic beef barbacoa, barbacoa beef, barbacoa seasoning, beef barbacoa, beef barbacoa taco, how to make beef barbacoa in the instant pot, instant pot authentic beef barbacoa, instant pot beef barbacoa, what to serve with beef barbacoa
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 565kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 3-4 Tablespoons water
  • 4-5 pound beef roast (chuck)
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Mix together cumin, paprika, sea salt, chili powder, garlic powder and oregano.
    Instant Pot Authentic Beef Barbacoa is a simple, no fuss shredded beef taco recipe.  A blend of spices gets rubbed into a beef chuck, and then pressure cooked for a tender-fall apart meal that can be served in tortillas or over rice.
  • Add enough water to make a thick paste, approximately 3 to 4 tablespoons.
    Instant Pot Authentic Beef Barbacoa is a simple, no fuss shredded beef taco recipe.  A blend of spices gets rubbed into a beef chuck, and then pressure cooked for a tender-fall apart meal that can be served in tortillas or over rice.
  • Cut meat into large chunk approximately 3 inches long.
  • Spread paste over all sides of the beef, rubbing it into the meat as you go.
    Instant Pot Authentic Beef Barbacoa is a simple, no fuss shredded beef taco recipe.  A blend of spices gets rubbed into a beef chuck, and then pressure cooked for a tender-fall apart meal that can be served in tortillas or over rice.
  • Add beef to instant pot; pour 1 cup water around the beef. Cover and seal.
    Instant Pot Authentic Beef Barbacoa is a simple, no fuss shredded beef taco recipe.  A blend of spices gets rubbed into a beef chuck, and then pressure cooked for a tender-fall apart meal that can be served in tortillas or over rice.
  • Cook on high pressure for 75 to 90 minutes; release pressure using the quick release method.
    Instant Pot Authentic Beef Barbacoa is a simple, no fuss shredded beef taco recipe.  A blend of spices gets rubbed into a beef chuck, and then pressure cooked for a tender-fall apart meal that can be served in tortillas or over rice.
  • Shred and eat in tortillas, on a salad or over rice.
    Instant Pot Authentic Beef Barbacoa is a simple, no fuss shredded beef taco recipe.  A blend of spices gets rubbed into a beef chuck, and then pressure cooked for a tender-fall apart meal that can be served in tortillas or over rice.

Notes

  • I prefer to use a beef chuck roast due to the nice amount of fat. This makes for a tender beef barbacoa taco.
  • Cut the beef roast into large 3-inch cubes.
  • A simple blend of spices are used for the barbacoa seasoning including ground cumin, chili powder, paprika. garlic powder, sea salt and dried oregano.
  •  Cook on high pressure for 75 to 90 minutes, according to the manufacturer's instructions for your pressure cooker.  75 minutes is the minimum, but cook it for 90 minutes if you've got the time.
  • Don't forget to factor in about 20 minutes for the pressure cooker to come up to pressure. This is in addition to the cooking time.
  • Use the quick pressure release method. 
  • I used an Instant Pot
  • Try our other Pressure Cooker Shredded Beef Taco Recipe too. 

Nutrition

Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 209mg | Sodium: 1435mg | Potassium: 1119mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1049IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 8mg

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2 Comments

  1. My friend made this last weekend and it was absolutely amazing !!! I want to make for my family but don’t have an insta pot – can you successfully make in a crock pot ? If so , how many hours to cook ?

    1. We haven’t made it in the slow cooker but it should work on low for 8-10 hours. The only other factor might be the amount of liquid so watch that too if you try!

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