Beef Barbacoa in Pressure Cooker
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Beef Barbacoa in a Pressure Cooker

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. 
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time27 mins
Pressure Cooker cooling down20 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 213kcal


  • 1 1/2 lbs beef chuck roast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons dry Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 white onion


  • Pressure cooker
  • Instant Pot
  • Cutting board


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


Nutrition Facts
Beef Barbacoa in a Pressure Cooker
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 872mg38%
Potassium 400mg11%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Dishes, Mexican Classics, Tacos
Cuisine: Mexicana
Keyword: Beef barbacoa in a pressure cooker, beef barbacoa in an Instant Pot, How to make beef barbacoa


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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