pressure cooker barbacoa recipe

Pressure Cooker Barbacoa

You'll love this easy Pressure cooker Barbacoa recipe, you can make it in less than 1 hour in your Instant Pot

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 422 kcal
Author Sheena Strain




  1. Brown the chuck roast on both sides, you can use the saute or browning function in your electric pressure cooker for this or just use a large skillet if it's a too big to fit on the bottom of your Instant Pot.

  2. Add the chipotles in adobo sauce, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, cloves, beef broth, and lime juice to a blender and blend until smooth.

  3. Add the browned beef chuck roast to your pressure cooker or Instant pot and cover in the sauce, and add the bay leaves.

  4. Lock the lid, turn the steam release vent to 'sealing' and using the 'manual' or 'pressure cook' setting, adjust it to cook for 55 minutes at High Pressure.

  5. When the cook time time is up, allow the unit to reduce pressure on its own without opening the steam release vent (Natural Release) for 15 minutes, then release the remaining pressure and open the lid.

  6. Check the meat, if it's not tender enough for your liking simply put the lid back on and cook for another 10-15 minutes.

  7. Pull the meat apart into the sauce and serve with tacos or over a bowl of Instant Pot Cilantro Lime rice

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Barbacoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 422 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 156mg52%
Sodium 728mg32%
Potassium 814mg23%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 3.5mg4%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 5.8mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.