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Easy Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa is smoky and a little spicy beef cooked with chipotle peppers to the most tender mouth-watering deliciousness. Only 5 Ingredients are made in the Pressure Cooker or in a Slow Cooker and will be ready for a family-pleasing meal with little effort and lots of flavors!

Easy Instant Pot Beef Barbacao

Those Chipotle Peppers in all the gloriousness of the adobo sauce. It’s smoky and spicy and oh so scrumptious!  I mean my mouth is watering just thinking about it.  And all this goodness you can make at home and let me tell you it is AMAZING!  Did I already say that? No need to go out to have this meal!

Putting this in the slow cooker (cook times included in recipe instructions) and coming home to an easy and delicious dinner is always a Hallelujah moment, but there also are those days you just didn’t really prepare. You dash by the grocery store on the way home and see this hunk of a chuck roast staring at you, YES you just must have it!  Head home and get it in the Instant Pot and you have it ready in an hour and a half.

5 Ingredients Needed for Perfect EASY Beef Barbacoa

  • Chuck Roast
  • Garlic Salt
  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  • Beef Broth
  • Bay Leave

3 Simple Steps to Make Easy Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa

Step 1.  Really there is not much work.  Turn that IP on sauté feature and sear that HUNK after your sprinkle it good with garlic salt!

HUNK of Chuck Roast

Step 2.  Pour in a can of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo sauce!  Oh, what a spicy little dream in a can!

NOTE:  You can pulse them in the blender, if desired, if you prefer a smoother sauce. Finding a nice chunk of pepper makes me smile, but you may like it nice and smooth!  I do not find it necessary. Whichever tickles your fancy friends! It’s so delicious either way! We want to keep everyone soulfully happy!

Pouring Peppers

Step 3.  Then surround it with a cup of beef broth and toss in 3 bay leaves.  You are all set. SET IP to manual setting on high pressure for 70 minutes!

Barbacoa Ingredients

Slow Cooker Secret for Easy Beef Barbacoa

If you were good and planned today, you can sear this roast in a skillet and transfer to your slow cooker. Set it on high for 6 hours or low for 8. Or a little more won’t hurt it a bit! Dinner is done when you get home.

Just a little secret, as long as you don’t tell anyone! If you don’t want to take the time to sear this, no one will know the difference and it will be just fine!  I have made a many of roasts that I just threw in the crock pot frozen.  Cook it an hour or two more and no one knew of my sinfulness 😉

Pull that hunk of meat out and shred with two forks!  Return it to the slow cooker in some of the juices. You are ready to serve it! This goes perfectly with your favorite tortillas, crunchy, soft, corn, or flour.  Want to leave off the “BREAD” this makes a FABULOUS Barbacoa Bowl!  YUM!

It’s the perfect weekday meal or great to serve for a party.  Set up a bar of toppings and it stays nice and warm in the slow cooker! Your guests will kiss you!

a closeup pf this easy instant pot barbacoa beef recipe

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Easy Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Nikki Lee
Easy Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa is smoky and a little spicy beef cooked with chipotle peppers to the most tender mouth watering deliciousness. Only 5 Ingredients made in the Pressure Cooker or in a Slow Cooker and will be ready for a family pleasing meal with little effort and lots of flavor!


  • 4 pound chuck roast
  • garlic salt to taste
  • 2 ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 cup beef stock or broth
  • 3 bay leaves


  • Sprinkle garlic salt as desired on both sides of chuck roast. In Instant Pot (6 Quart) on saute setting, sear each side of roast. You can also do this in a skillet on medium high heat then transfer to slow cooker.
  • In IP or slow cooker, pour in the can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce on top of roast. (If you prefer a smooth sauce, pour can of peppers into blender or food processor and pulse until smooth before pouring on roast)
  • Next, pour 1 cup of beef stock or broth around roast. Toss in bay leaves. Lock IP and set to Pressure Cook on High for 70 minutes, let pressure release. For slow cooker, set on low for 8 hours or 6 hours on high.
  • Once done, shred with two forks and serve with hard or soft tortillas with desired toppings.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 370kcal (19%) Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 38g (76%) Fat: 24g (37%) Saturated Fat: 10g (63%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 126mg (42%) Sodium: 228mg (10%) Sugar: 1g (1%)

Nutritional Disclaimer

Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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