Here’s an easy pressure cooker shredded beef tacos recipe you can make for dinner tonight! Flavorful tender beef in your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi has never been easier!
Last week we cooked a pork roast and this week we were on to a beef roast so we could create some amazing pressure cooker shredded beef tacos filled with lots of toppings! One of our favorite easy Instant Pot recipes. (originally published 7/18, affiliate links present)
Shredded Beef Tacos
These recipes are great. I mean there are so many things you can do with it. Whether you throw it into air fryer flautas with cheese and salsa or eat it plain over rice you’ll love them all.
Packed with protein these are a fabulous low carb option full of flavor. You can make this as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe too or make in a Crockpot Express too.
Let’s start with a few basic tips:
- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.
Ninja Foodi Shredded Beef
Ok so we’ve been using our Instant Pot more and more recently because it is quite hot outside and there is NO way I am turning on my oven at this point!
When it comes to large cuts of meat I’ve found there is just no better way to get it as tender and flavorful than to use my fancy pressure cooker anyway.
How to make shredded beef
The tenderest Instant Pot shredded beef soaked in a sauce full of flavor and ready in about an hour and a half. Perfect for batch cooking if you like cooking a bunch at once and freezing some for later! You can also use the method we have for slow cooker beef barbacoa too.
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Just dump it all in, turn it on and get ready when it beeps to have a protein packed meal that all in all is pretty darn healthy if you skip some of the toppings (ok I don’t but you can if you’re watching your calories). 😉
Here’s how you make shredded meat in no time at all. Are you obsessed with pressure cooking all the things too?? 😉
Of course when it comes to tacos you should use the flavors you love. If you are new to making pulled beef in general the spices we used are a great base.
If you like spice then add some chili powder like in Instant Pot Barbacoa or even a squirt of Sriracha would be good.
Instant Pot shredded beef
- Beef roast
- chuck roast works well for shredding
- Beef broth – could use chicken or vegetable but we’re cooking beef so…….
- Bell pepper and diced onion we like – up to you how you load it up
- Tortillas are great if you want to make into tacos
- Adobo seasoning
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Taco and/or nacho toppings
- Chipotle sauce for top if desired for heat
I mean you can make it spicy with all sorts of things. Hatch chiles are great diced up, canned chiles, dry Sriracha, red pepper flakes, decide for yourself.
Shredded Beef Instant Pot
Some may call it shoulder steak, shoulder pot roast or seven-bone pot roast. Beef chuck arm is another term. It is a pretty inexpensive cut of beef and great for shredding.
Chuck roast or beef brisket is great. Ours was 2.5 lbs. and 65 minutes when cut in half was perfect to make it shred easily and become tender.
Which beef roast is most tender?
Tenderloin roasts are said to be best. Use this Instant Pot cook times printable for timing. If roast is larger the cook time may need to be increased. If using an Instant Pot it will not hurt to open, test, and then pressure cook again if it isn’t fall apart tender yet.
Another tip for the tenderest beef is to allow the pot to naturally release it’s steam to maintain the juiciness. If you quick release your electric pressure cooker your meat won’t be as tender. If you’re making shredded frozen beef from frozen time is key to shredding easily.
How to serve pressure cooker pulled beef
It’s the same as Instant Pot pulled pork butt. Our two go to ways are either serving it inside small tortillas with fixings for beef tacos, or like sliders. You can see above where I just threw some frozen rolls, or you can make some simple rolls with coleslaw or macaroni salad!
On top of nachos are great too.
How do you shred meat in a KitchenAid mixer?
I cannot say I have ever done this. For me it is way too much work to get that machine out (and clean it afterwards). Forks do the job just as well but you can use specialty pulling forks or pull out your mixer. In a few minutes (after removing the bones and fat you don’t want) it can pull it apart nicely.
It’s very similar to when you’re making boiled shredded chicken and want to shred a ton too. Just remove the bones and discard. Throw it right in using a paddle attachment and let it roar. Make sure you place a tea towel over the top as small pieces can go every which way which is a bit messy.
How do you shred beef?
I like to cook it to the point where 2 forks do the job really. If it isn’t to that point I put the lid back on and give it a bit more time in my Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot.
Just put two dinner forks with their backs facing each other. Pull the forks in opposite directions breaking up the meat into shards as you pull. Throw away any bones or gristle you encounter as you’re breaking the meat apart.
If you’d rather make an easy Instant Pot shredded pork recipe this is amazing.
- As well as 4 other Instant Pot tacos and Instant Pot beef and noodles
- This Instant Pot beef tips recipe rocks
- Instant Pot shredded chicken is a good one too
How do you freeze shredded beef?
First off I will say we have never had enough left to freeze it, we just put the little amount into the fridge for the next day. The best way to freeze beef is in quart sized freezer bags. Just lay them flat like bricks on top of one another if you have more than one. To reheat empty contents into a pan on low/medium heat.
Want to make Crockpot bbq beef too? We have directions for that! The biggest difference of course is the amount of cook time necessary to get it to fork tender but totally hands off once prepped in the morning.
I have a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here is a quick rundown first.
Instant Pot Pulled Beef
- Slice roast in half or fourths if it is more than 3 lbs. and put into Instant Pot on saute mode with olive oil. Brown all sides. Remove meat and deglaze pot.
- Put meat back in sprinkled with all seasonings and onion and then pour broth on top.
- Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 65 minutes followed by a natural release.
- Shred meat in pot using forks, or remove and slice on cutting board. Put back into pot with sauce.
- Easy recipes to make with this would be sliders, served on top of white rice in Instant Pot or along side air fryer mixed vegetables is great.
Give it a whirl and let us know how you served it up!
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Pressure Cooker Shredded Beef
- On saute mode, add olive oil, then sear meat on both sides and turn pot off/cancel button.
- Deglaze pot – remove meat, add your cup of beef broth listed above, and use wooden spoon to scrape meat pcs. off of the bottom. (link to how to do this above recipe card) Leave broth in the pot.
- Add all spices and onions and mix together.
- Put meat pcs. back into Instant Pot.
- Close lid, seal steam valve, and set to pressure high for 65 minutes.
- Allow to naturally release.
- Shred beef in pot or remove and shred well, then combine back into sauce and mix so meat is saturated once again with sauce.
- Serve in small flour tortillas topped with salsa, cheese, etc…