Instant Pot® Barbacoa


This recipe for Instant Pot® barbacoa is lightly spicy and extremely easy! Serve meat on freshly made corn tortillas with pickled onions and cilantro.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
8 servings


  • 3 dried guajillo chile peppers

  • 3 dried pasilla chile peppers

  • 1 (4 pound) beef chuck roast, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 onion, quartered

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Place chile peppers in a large bowl and cover with hot water. Soak until soft, about 20 minutes. Drain.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add chuck roast and season with salt and pepper. Cook meat until dark brown and crispy on all sides, 7 to 10 minutes.

  3. While meat cooks, combine softened chile peppers, onion, vinegar, garlic, lime juice, cumin, oregano, agave nectar, and cinnamon in a blender. Process sauce until smooth.

  4. Transfer browned meat and all juices to a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Stir in sauce from the blender. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 60 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  5. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

383 Calories
26g Fat
8g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 383
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 378mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.