How to Make Simple Instant Pot Shredded Beef Tacos

instant pot shredded beef taco recipe

I am so in love with my Instant Pot. I honestly don’t know how I ever cooked anything without it! It seems like every night I am trying out a fun new Instant Pot recipe that quickly becomes a favorite around our house. My favorite recipes for the Instant Pot have to be Mexican ones, but I will try just about anything because they almost always come out perfect.

The only thing I haven’t tried yet is baking a cake or making a cheesecake…but that’s coming soon! I don’t think I will ever cook chicken another way again. It’s just so quick and easy! Even frozen chicken takes just minutes when using the Instant Pot.

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instant pot shredded beef tacos

Instant Pot Shredded Beef Tacos

For today’s recipe, we are making a simple Taco Tuesday treat in just minutes. Now there are a ton of Instant Pot beef taco recipes out there, but I think my additions give it just a little extra bit of kick. ( Of course, I’m a little biased!)

Not only does this Instant Pot shredded beef recipe use a few extra ingredients but we also use a slightly different cut of beef than is traditionally used. More often than not a roast is chosen. Now, you can do this recipe with a roast if you would like. However, with just my son and I in the house most nights lately that’s just way too much. I’m also not much of a fan of the fatty parts that are left after cooking. (Sure, you can just cut those off but there’s always those little bits that you can’t get to.)

In our recipe, we use a London Broil but any smaller cuts of meat will work fine. This recipe makes about 6-8 servings so it works well for us to have leftovers one night as well. I was a little worried about how it would turn out in the Instant Pot but it did great! In fact, I much prefer it to larger cuts of meat. (Maybe I’m just weird lol)

How to Make Simple Instant Pot Shredded Beef Tacos

How to Make Simple Instant Pot Shredded Beef Tacos


  • 1 -2 lb London Broil
  • 1 C water
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 T paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes and chilis
  • shredded lettuce
  • cheddar cheese (shredded or a block to shred fresh)
  • salsa ( or pico)
  • sour cream
  • tortillas


  1. Place beef into Instant Pot. We thawed ours for this one but it can absolutely be done with frozen meat, just adjust cooking times accordingly.
  2. Pour in water and add spices.
  3. Add can of tomatoes and peppers.
  4. Cook on high pressure for 22 minutes and let pressure release on its own for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove beef from sauce and shred. ( the paddle adapter for a stand mixer does great here!)
  6. Place beef into tortillas and top with favorite taco toppings!

Be sure to check out our Korean Beef Instant Pot recipe for Asian flavor! 

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

We paired our Instant Pot beef taco recipe with a quick and easy cilantro lime rice recipe. This rice is definitely my go to when I’m having Mexican inspired meals. It has a fresh flavor and goes wonderfully with the spices found in many Mexican dishes.


1 C rice

1 3/4 C water

2 T cilantro

juice of 1-2 limes


Combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot and cook on rice setting. You can also do this easily on the stove top or in a rice cooker. Just follow the directions on the package for your rice or follow the directions on your desired cooker.

Sometimes the cilantro will spread out to the edges in the cooking process. If that happens just use a fork and fluff your rice to blend the cilantro back through.

I love using the Gourmet Garden cilantro paste in recipes like my cilantro lime rice recipe because it helps to keep the Cilantro fresh longer when you are only using a small amount. I was a little concerned about using this type of cilantro at first due to flavor loss issues. However, I have found that it not only helps it last longer but it also retains the flavors of fresh cilantro very well.

instant pot shredded beef tacos

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