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Tender, shredded beef with tons of delicious flavor, made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. This Barbacoa Beef is great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.
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Barbacoa Beef (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)

Tender, shredded beef with tons of delicious flavor, made in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. This Barbacoa Beef is great in tacos or over cilantro lime rice.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Barbacoa Beef
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 470kcal

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:

  • 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.
  • Add onion and saute until softened, about 4-5 minutes.Stir in rest of ingredients.
  • Add beef back into mixture
  • Cook on high for 60 minutes and let natural release for 15 minutes.
  • Remove beef from pot and shred beef with two forks.
  • Use immersion blender, or put sauce into blender, and blend until smooth.
  • Mix sauce and shredded beef together.
  • Serve over cilantro lime rice or in tacos.

Slow Cooker Directions:

  • 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.
  • Add onion and saute until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in rest of ingredients.
  • Transfer sauce and beef to slow cooker. Cook on high for 5-6 hours, or low 8-9 hours.
  • Remove beef from slow cooker and shred beef with two forks.
  • Use immersion blender, or put sauce into blender, and blend until smooth.
  • Mix sauce and shredded beef together.
  • Serve over cilantro lime rice or in tacos.

Notes

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

Nutrition

Serving: 1/8th recipe | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.2g | Protein: 31.2g | Saturated Fat: 13.2g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 1.2g | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3.4mg