Barbacoa Beef (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

Barbacoa Beef. Flavorful, delicious pulled beef made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. Great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.

Barbacoa Beef. Flavorful, delicious pulled beef made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. Great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.

Creating recipes and learning to photograph food has been one of the most fun and most challenging things that I have ever done. I have always put great value on sleep. Meaning, if there has been something in the way of me receiving 8 hours of beauty rest, I am not a happy camper. Until now. Editing photos and writing posts after the kids go to bed has cut into my sleep time, but it’s so much fun, I don’t even care. I find myself yawning in the shower and thinking about cardamom, or the pros and cons of my camera lenses. I think about you reading this and making the recipe …I get a little nervous wondering if it turned out okay …. but then someone sends me a photo of them smiling and eating it, and I’m just happy.

Barbacoa Beef. Flavorful, delicious pulled beef made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. Great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.

This brings me to some thoughts and questions …. when it comes to food, I tend to make main courses on the healthy side, and dessert on the well, dessert side. Would you like nutrition labels for these recipes? Would like to see them labeled with any particular diet such as ‘vegetarian’, ‘keto’, etc? Divided by things such as ‘under 1 hour’, ‘weeknight’, etc? And, is there anything in particular you’d like to see? Meaning, “more salads”, “Mediterranean food”, “Nutella mousse in a cake with chocolate ganache”, etc? If you have a thought, I’ve love to hear it so feel free to leave it in the comments or send me an e-mail.

Barbacoa Beef (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

And finally, that brings us to today’s recipe: I ate barbacoa beef for the first time a year or so ago. My husband was interested in having it, so we found some recipes on the internet, and he made it. While it was cooking, it had a divine smell. I couldn’t wait to eat it. Then, I ate, and was a little disappointed …. the smell was better than the flavor. I wanted the flavor to match that smell so badly. So, after a little adjusting here and there, this little recipe was born.

The smell matches the flavor with this recipe! This last time I made it, I used four chipotle peppers… it was on the upper end of my spice comfort level, so if you don’t love spice, I would certainly them back. But, given it’s made in a slow cooker or Instant Pot, it’s quick and easy to put together, so great for busy weeknights!

Barbacoa Beef. Flavorful, delicious pulled beef made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. Great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.

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Barbacoa Beef. Flavorful, delicious pulled beef made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. Great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.
Barbacoa Beef (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Flavorful, delicious beef that's perfect for tacos or taco bowls. Can be made with preferred level of spice. Like having a Chipotle in your kitchen!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Barbacoa Beef
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 470 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2-3 pound beef chuck roast
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons garlic cloves
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 2 large carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2-4 tbsp chipotle peppers in adobe sauce chopped (number depending on preferred spice level)
  • 1.5 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Instructions
Instant Pot Directions:
  1. Salt and pepper all sides of chuck roast to taste. Turn Instant Pot on saute and heat olive oil. Lightly brown beef on all sides, about 1 minute per side. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add onion and saute until softened, about 4-5 minutes.Stir in rest of ingredients.
  3. Add beef back into mixture
  4. Cook on high for 60 minutes and let natural release for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove beef from pot and shred beef with two forks.
  6. Use immersion blender, or put sauce into blender, and blend until smooth.
  7. Mix sauce and shredded beef together.
  8. Serve over cilantro lime rice or in tacos.
Slow Cooker Directions:
  1. Salt and pepper all sides of chuck roast to taste. Heat olive oil in large sauce pan over medium heat. Lightly brown beef on all sides, about 1 minute per side. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add onion and saute until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in rest of ingredients.
  3. Transfer sauce and beef to slow cooker. Cook on high for 5-6 hours, or low 8-9 hours.
  4. Remove beef from slow cooker and shred beef with two forks.
  5. Use immersion blender, or put sauce into blender, and blend until smooth.
  6. Mix sauce and shredded beef together.
  7. Serve over cilantro lime rice or in tacos.
Recipe Notes

Serve with Cilantro Lime Rice and top with Restaurant Style Blender Salsa or Corn Salsa for a delicious meal!

Nutrition Facts
Barbacoa Beef (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)
Amount Per Serving (1 /8th recipe)
Calories 470
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 274mg 11%
Potassium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 4.2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%
Sugars 1.2g
Protein 31.2g 62%
Calcium 4%
Iron 19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Barbacoa Beef (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

If you enjoyed this Barbacoa Beef, you might also enjoy these other SugarSpicesLife recipes:

Cilantro Lime Rice
Roasted Vegetables and Chicken Risotto (Instant Pot or Stove Top)
Salisbury Steak
Chicken and Andouille Sausage Burritos
Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Amazon item used to make this recipe:

Instant Pot This thing makes dinner so much easier. I love it. See Chicken Tikka Masala (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot) to read more about my love affair with it.


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