Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef

This Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef is so quick and easy it will become a go-to for any family. This recipe has limited prep time, only 45 minutes of cook time, and endless serving possibilities!

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It’s no secret that I LOVE Mexican food. So, when people ask me the question “If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?”…my answer is always “Something Mexican!”

One of the best things about Mexican cuisine is that there are so many possibilities of dishes to make once you have your meat. This Instant Pot Spicy Shredded Beef recipe will make dinner or serving a crowd so much easier. The other great thing about Mexican food is you can make it your own by adding extra spices, vegetables, or whatever you like.

mexican shredded beef made in the instant pot in a bowl

Ingredients Needed for Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef

  • olive oil
  • stew meat or beef roast, cubed
  • fresh garlic
  • onion
  • beef broth
  • ground cumin
  • ground cloves
  • bay leaves
  • canned chipotle peppers
  • salt
  • ground pepper

How to Make Shredded Beef with Mexican Spices

  1. Dry the beef well with a paper towel and cut it into equally sized cubes. Turn the Instant Pot to “Saute” mode, add the olive oil and allow it to heat up for 1-2 minutes. Add the beef pieces and brown on all sides for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir together. Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook on HIGH for 45 minutes. Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally.
  3. After the pin drops, carefully take off the lid and remove the bay leaves. Use your metal tongs to shred the beef and stir the juices. The picture below is just stirring with metal tongs!
shredded mexican beef after cooking in instant pot

How to Make this Shredded Beef More or Less Spicy

This recipe has canned chipotles in adobo sauce in it which are smoked and dried jalapeños rehydrated and canned in a purée of tomato, garlic, vinegar, and spices. I don’t like super spicy foods but these add a wonderful smokiness and flavor with just a little bit of spice. If you don’t want a lot of heat only add 1 or 2 peppers.

If you do want extra spice, add more chipotle peppers or try adding a fresh cut jalapeno or serrano pepper. Because I don’t like a lot of heat spice, I always start with less chipotle. You can always add spice, but you can’t it take away.

TIP: If you don’t use the whole can of chipotle peppers, which you probably will not, you can freeze the rest of them for your next batch of shredded beef or another dish.

fried mexican shredded beef tacos with topping and a side of guacamole

Serving Suggestions for Spicy Shredded Beef

  • Tacos
  • Burritos
  • Nachos
  • Enchiladas
  • Taco Salads
  • Beef Sandwiches
  • Beef Tortilla Soup

More Instant Pot Recipes To Try

instant pot shredded beef with mexican spices

Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef

Easy and Flavorful Mexican-inspired Spicy Shredded Beef made in the Instant Pot in an hour.
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Natural Steam Release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
  • metal tongs

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½-2 lbs stew meat or beef roast, cubed
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 2-4 canned chipotle peppers
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Instructions

  • Dry the beef well with a paper towel and cut into equally sized cubes. Turn the Instant Pot to "Saute" mode, add the olive oil and allow it to heat up for 1-2 minutes.
    instant pot beef before sauteing
  • Add the beef pieces and brown on all sides for about 10 minutes.
    instant pot beef after browning
  • Once the meat is nice and brown, add all of the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir everything together. Lock the lid in place and close the steam vent. Set to Pressure Cook on HIGH for 45 minutes. Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally before removing the lid. This step is important to help with the tenderness of the beef and will also make it easier to shred.
    mexican shredded beef ingredients in instant pot
  • After the pin drops, carefully take off the lid and remove the bay leaves. Use your metal tongs to shred the beef and stir the juices. Dinner is served!
    instant pot mexican shredded beef

Notes

  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker and follow all safety guidelines.

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

Cocktails That Go Well with Spicy Shredded Beef

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