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Instant Pot Barbacoa

Tender fall apart beef loaded with traditional mexican spices and finished with fresh cilantro and lime juice.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Barbacoa, Barbacoa Recipe, Instant Pot Barbacoa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Natural Pressure Release 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6
Calories 376 kcal
Author Melissa


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2.5 pound chuck roast
  • 1 cup beef broth low sodium
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 lime
  • cilantro chopped for garnish


  1. For best results, let chuck roast sit a room temperature for at least 30 minutes before searing.

  2. Set Instant Pot to Sauté function and make sure you hit adjust until the more light is lit. That indicates it is heating at the highest setting. Heat vegtable oil until hot, then sear chuck roast on both sides.

  3. While chuck roast is searing, combine salt, pepper, and seasonings in a small bowl. Remove roast from Instant Pot and season chuck roast all over.

  4. Deglaze Instant Pot with beef broth, then return roast to Instant Pot and set to cook at High Pressure for 1:30 hours (display will read 90 minutes for older model Instant Pots). Once Instant Pot has finished cooking, let barbacoa Natural Pressure Release. Once the pin drops, remove lid and shred barbacoa. Squeeze juice from fresh lime over meat and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Barbacoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 1100mg48%
Potassium 706mg20%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 584IU12%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.