Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef Recipe

Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef Recipe

How To Make Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef

Treat yourself to a Caribbean dish with this barbacoa recipe. The slow-cooked beef is surely flavorful. You’ll definitely go for seconds.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total: 1 hour 45 minutes



  • cupbeeror water
  • ¼cupgarlic cloves
  • 2tbspchipotles
  • 1cupwhite onionpeeled and roughly chopped
  • 4ozgreen chilichopped
  • ¼cupfresh lime juice
  • 2tbspapple cider vinegar
  • 1tbspground cumin
  • 1tbspMexican oregano
  • 2tspsalt
  • 1tspblack pepper
  • ¼tspground cloves
  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 3lbbeef chuck roast
  • 3bay leaves


  1. Combine beer, garlic, chipotles, onion, green chiles, lime juice, vinegar, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and cloves in a blender or food processor.  Purée for 30 seconds, or until completely smooth.  Set aside.

  2. Add oil to the Instant Pot and press the saute button. 

  3. Once the pot is heated, add the beef chuck roast and sear, turning every 45-60 seconds, until the roast is browned on all sides. 

  4. Turn off the heat. Add the bay leaves and pureed sauce, and briefly toss everything until the roast is evenly coated in the sauce.  Close lid securely and press the sealing button

  5. Adjust the cooking time in the Instant Pot and begin cooking. Turn the vent carefully to “Venting” for quick release, and wait until all of the steam has released and the valve has dropped.

  6. Remove the lid, and discard the bay leaves.

  7. Using two forks, shred the beef into bite-sized pieces.  Give the beef one more good toss in all of those juices so that it can soak them up.

  8. Serve warm, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.


  • Calories: 222.71kcal
  • Fat: 8.84g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.11g
  • Trans Fat: 0.34g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.68g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.99g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.80g
  • Fiber: 0.89g
  • Sugar: 1.49g
  • Protein: 29.72g
  • Cholesterol: 87.09mg
  • Sodium: 456.17mg
  • Calcium: 43.73mg
  • Potassium: 660.58mg
  • Iron: 4.50mg
  • Vitamin A: 22.29µg
  • Vitamin C: 32.85mg
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