Beef Barbacoa in a Pressure Cooker

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Making Beef Barbacoa in a pressure cooker

This yummy recipe made possible by Canadian Beef. As always my comments, opinions and love for barbacoa are my own.

If there’s such a thing as Mexican soul food, for me, beef barbacoa is it. Cooking beef barbacoa in a pressure cooker is so easy, too. When I was growing up in Mexico, we often had it on weekends when all the family would get together at grandma’s house. Just thinking about it is so comforting.

I used to love the whole experience of going to the market back then with my grandma or my mom. There were so many things to see and try! I loved meeting all the vendors as they would greet my family. We would chat with the lady at the fruit and vegetable stand, the man who sold the dry goods, and of course with the butcher.

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Where I live now, I don’t have anything like it. So a few days ago, I happened to be passing through San Jose, California, and we stopped at a Mexican supermarket and butcher shop where I knew they offered Canada Beef. My boys were thirsty and I needed to purchase some protein. The friendly butcher greeted me immediately and asked me what I needed. When I saw the barbacoa meat, I didn’t have to think twice, I bought some right away.

Here is my simple recipe. I cook my beef barbacoa in a pressure cooker because the whole thing takes less than an hour from prep to finish and it’s always very tender and juicy. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can cook it over medium heat for 4 to 5 hours or until it is completely cooked, or you can cook it in a slow-cooker for about 8 hours.

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Beef Barbacoa requires just a touch of seasoning, since high quality Canada beef has plenty of its own succulent flavor.

Beef Barbacoa in a Pressure Cooker

Makes approx 14-16 tacos

  • Prep time 8 minutes
  • From start to finish 1 hour

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs Canadian beef chuck roast, ask for it by name.
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons dry Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 white onion

Cut beef chuck roast into medium pieces, add salt on both sides. Set apart.

Canadian Beef in pieces

To make beef barbacoa in a pressure cooker, pour water into the pressure cooker. Add garlic cloves, bay leaves, peppercorns and Mexican oregano. Insert the pressure cooker rack.

Put beef and onion on a rack. Close cover securely. Place pressure regulator on vent pipe and cook at high heat until regulator starts rocking fast, lower the temperature to medium or until regulator rocks gently. Cook according to your pressure cooker instructions. In mine, it was 23 minutes.

Turn the stove off and let cooker sit letting the pressure drop completely of its own accord.

Barbacoa before and after

After and according to your pressure cooker’s instructions, carefully open the pressure cooker, take meat out (reserve a little bit of the broth in case you need to reheat the meat later, this will keep it moist and yummy) and shred beef with two forks.

Serve in tacos with lime juice, cilantro, and onion and with your favorite salsa like red salsa, green salsa, pico de gallo, or avocado salsa

Buen Provecho!

Beef Barbacoa in Pressure Cooker

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Beef Barbacoa in Pressure Cooker
Beef Barbacoa in a Pressure Cooker
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
52 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Here is my simple recipe. I cook my beef barbacoa in a pressure cooker because the whole thing takes less than an hour from prep to finish and it’s always very tender and juicy. Serve in tacos with your favorite salsa and lime juice. 

Course: Main Dishes, Mexican Classics, Tacos
Cuisine: Mexicana
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lbs Canadian beef chuck roast ask for it by name.
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons dry Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 white onion
Instructions
  1. Cut beef chuck roast into medium pieces, add salt on both sides. Set apart.
  2. To make beef barbacoa in a pressure cooker, pour water into the pressure cooker. Add garlic cloves, bay leaves, peppercorns and Mexican oregano. Insert the pressure cooker rack.
  3. Put beef and onion on a rack. Close cover securely. Place pressure regulator on vent pipe and cook at high heat until regulator starts rocking fast, lower the temperature to medium or until regulator rocks gently. Cook according to your pressure cooker instructions. In mine, it was 23 minutes.
  4. Turn the stove off and let cooker sit letting the pressure drop completely of its own accord.
  5. After and according to your pressure cooker’s instructions, carefully open the pressure cooker, take meat out (reserve a little bit of the broth in case you need to reheat the meat later, this will keep it moist and yummy) and shred beef with two forks.
  6. Serve in tacos with lime juice, cilantro, and onion and with your favorite salsa like red salsa, green salsa, pico de gallo, or avocado salsa
Recipe Notes

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can cook it over medium heat for 4 to 5 hours or until it is completely cooked, or you can cook it in a slow-cooker for about 8 hours.

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Cooking beef barbacoa in a pressure cooker is so easy and takes just minutes, but its succulent taste makes you think it has slow-cooked all day. #mexicanfood #barbacoa #tacos #mamalatinatips

8 thoughts on “Beef Barbacoa in a Pressure Cooker”

  1. Having barbacoa on Saturday morning has been a family tradition for years and it’s getting expensive.

    Thanks for showing us how to make this. I’m going to try this for sure!

    Have a great day and weekend.

    Cori

  2. I’m in love with my pressure cooker, I cook everything in it. I have a manual and an Instapot. Love both, this recipe is very clever!

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