The beauty of this Mexican Shredded Beef is it can be done in the Instant Pot or the slow cooker and either way it’s delicious!
Between my undying love for my slow cooker and my new found adoration for my Instant Pot I may never use my oven again.
I’ve been asked whether I think the Instant Pot is replacing the slow cooker and my answer is NO! I love both of them and I think there is a place for them both in the kitchen. Although the end result is pretty much the same, delicious food, they serve different purposes and provide a different way for getting that delicious end result.
I use my slow cooker when I want to get dinner started early in the day so that when I walk in the door later that day, dinner is ready and waiting for me. The Instant Pot can make the same delicious recipe (one that normally takes 6-8 hours) and do it in under an hour but you need to be available an hour before you want to eat to get it in the pot and cooking. So your schedule for the day would depend on which piece of equipment you use. The Instant Pot has a slow cooker function but I haven’t used it and I’m hearing that it is not the Instant Pot’s best feature. I still use my favorite slow cooker.
The flavor of this shredded Mexican Beef is spot on and my husband gave it two thumbs up. I love having this shredded meat on hand because I can turn it into so many things! One night it can be a taco, the next night a burrito or enchilada. It’s great put on nachos or eaten over rice.
Whether you use your slow cooker or your Instant Pot, you are going to end up with a delicious meal!
- 3-4 lb. chuck roast cut into 2 inch pieces
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1½ tsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup onion , diced
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 6 garlic cloves, diced
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp Mexican oregano
- ½ cup picante sauce (salsa)
- 1 cup beef broth
- cilantro for garnish
- limes, to squeeze over top
- In a bowl, combine cubed meat with chili powder and salt. Toss to coat.
- Press the "Saute" button on the Instant Pot and add the olive oil.
- Add in onions and saute until softened.
- Add in tomato paste, garlic, cumin and Mexican oregano. Stir for about a minute.
- Add in seasoned meat.
- Pour in salsa and beef broth
- Cover and lock the lid.
- Press "Keep Warm/Cancel" on the Instant Pot and then press the "Meat/Stew" button to switch it to the pressure cooking mode. Set cook time to 35 minutes.
- Let the pressure release naturally.
- Unlock lid and remove meat. Shred with two forks.
- Add any additional salt and pepper if needed.
- Top with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
- Brown meat before placing in slow cooker
- Cook 4-5 hours on high or 6-7 on low in slow cooker
For some other delicious Mexican dishes check out these:
Chicken Enchiladas from Your Homebased Mom
Mexican Charro Beans with Ham from The Reluctant Entertainer
Mexican Grilled Chicken Salad from A Spicy Perspective
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas from Your Homebased Mom
Crock Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice from Wishes and Dishes
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