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Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef Tacos

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The following recipe and photography were provided by our partner, Chef Billy Parisi.

These tacos are simply delicious! Featuring a homemade braising sauce and the help of an Instant Pot, this is a flavor-packed meal perfect for any weeknight dinner.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Heinen’s beef is CARE Certified. Heinen’s has upheld values of trust, transparency and integrity for generations. We’ve taken that commitment one step further by verifying that Heinen’s beef, pork and chicken are raised and harvested with care through the Where Food Comes From CARE Certification.
  • Barbacoa is tender, juicy and full of flavor. You’ll love the combination of spicy and sweet in this simple homemade braising sauce.
  • The options are endless! Garnish with your favorite toppings. I used corn tortillas, yellow onions and cilantro for this recipe. These tacos would be great with radishes, queso fresco or even some cotija cheese.

Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef Tacos

Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef Tacos


  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 4-6 all-spice berries
  • 8-10 black peppercorns
  • ¼ cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. dry oregano
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 3 lbs. Heinen's CARE Certified chuck roast, cut into 6 large pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 corn or flour tortillas
  • Diced onions and cilantro, for garnish


  1. Add the onions, chipotle peppers, all-spice, peppercorns, cinnamon, cumin, oregano and beef stock to a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth.  Set aside.
  2. Season the steak on all sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the oil into an Instant Pot on the sauté function and sear the beef on all sides until well browned.  Cook in batches if there is not enough room in the Instant Pot.
  4. Pour the blended mixture into the Instant Pot and lock the lid.
  5. Cook on pressure cook for 60 minutes and close the seal the venting valve.
  6. When done cooking, open the valve and let it release the steam and pressure for about 10 minutes.
  7. Shred the beef using two forks, then stir in the lime juice and salt.
  8. Add the shredded beef to a corn tortilla and add on any optional garnishes.

Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef Tacos

Chef Billy Parisi

By Chef Billy Parisi

Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

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