Instant Pot Shredded Beef

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This Instant Pot Shredded Beef is easy, flavorful and extremely versatile. You only need beef, broth and seasonings to have this ready on a busy weeknight. Serve in tacos, on salads, in quesadillas or in a sandwich and use the sauce as a delicious dip. 
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Spoon with a scoop of shredded beef.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Perfect shareable meal for parties.
  • Delicious on tacos, burritos, sandwiches, over rice, or solo. 
  • Makes great leftovers and meal prep.
  • Easy to make using inexpensive pantry staples.
  • Instant pot shredded beef makes a ton of servings. 
Shredded beef in an Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Shredded Beef

Say hello to your new favorite pot luck item to serve alongside my favorite macro friendly bbq sides. This tender, juicy shredded beef is the best of everything. Easy and inexpensive, throw it into the pot and let the magic happen. Similar to my crockpot bbq pulled chicken, this beef version is perfect for parties and feeding lots of people. The best part is that this recipe can do so much; it’s like making 10 different dishes in one.

Use in a sandwich bar, a taco bar, as a main to rice and beans. Season it any way you want and voila! Your dish is the star of the show. 

Slow cooking is the magic behind shredded beef’s juicy flavorful, pulled apart meat. The instant pot gets this same result in a fraction of the time. If you don’t have an instant pot, feel free to use the slow cooker, but it will take hours as opposed to less than 30 minutes. 

What cut of beef should I use?

Chuck roast hands down! Chuck roast is the best cut of meat for instant pot shredded beef because its large size and ability to get tender the longer you cook, a dream come true for this meal. I am using a 3 lbs. of chuck roast with the fat trimmed. 

Shredded beef in tortillas.

Can you make this recipe dairy free and gluten free?

This recipe is gluten and dairy free! 

What instant pot do you use?

I have the Instant Pot 6qt Duo Pressure Cooker. It has yet to fail me. After you’ve tried the instant pot shredded beef, take a stab at the Instant Pot Chicken Stroganoff and Macro Friendly Chili. There’s so much you can do with this kitchen contraption, it’s worth every penny!

Shredded beef tacos on a white plate.

Ingredients and Substitutes:

See recipe card below for full ingredients list and instructions for Instant Pot Shredded Beef.

Chuck Roast: this recipe uses a 3 pound boneless chuck roast with the fat trimmed. I do not do anything fancy with the fat I just remove any large chunks. 

Beef Broth: for this recipe you’ll need one cup of beef broth. I prefer low sodium. 

Tapioca Flour: to thicken the sauce a smidge I am using tapioca flour at the very end mixed with water. You can use cornstarch or your favorite thickener. 

Limeyou’ll need the juice of one full lime. Roll the uncut lime on the counter with your hand to help loosen the juice for squeezing. 

Cilantro: this is completely optional but I like adding a handful of chopped cilantro to the shredded beef after cooking. 

Olive Oil: you can use any oil for this recipe. The oil helps sear the meat prior to cooking. 

Person squeezing a lime wedge onto a shredded beef taco.

How to make this Instant Pot Shredded Beef

Step 1

First, turn the instant pot on saute. Trim the fat off your beef and cut into 2 inch chunks and place in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp. of olive oil, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, chili powder and lime juice to the bowl and mix together well to combine. 

Step 2

Add the second 1 tbsp. olive oil to the instant pot and sauté the beef on all sides until slightly browned but not cooked. 

Step 3

Next, add the beef broth to the pot, cover with the lid and seal the release valve. Pressure cook for 30 minutes. 

Step 4

Let the beef slow release for 20 minutes before quick releasing. Once done you can either shred the beef directly in the pot or remove the beef with a slotted spoon, shred and return. 

Step 5

To slightly thicken the sauce mix the tapioca flour with water and add to the pot. Mix well to combine. Lastly, add (optional) a handful of chopped cilantro. 

Step 6

Finally, serve in tacos, sandwiches, on salads or as is. Get creative!

Shredded beef on a spoon.

What to serve with this dish

This instant pot shredded beef is great in tacos, salads, quesadillas, on pizza, in wraps, in sandwiches and even alone with melted cheese. My personal favorite is in a hoagie with melted cheese and using the sauce as a dip like a French Dip sandwich. Possibilities are pretty endless for this versatile recipe. 

What is the serving size?

For the easiest tracking I have set this recipe as 1 oz. servings. That way you can adjust to as many servings as you use. Example, a small taco will use less meat than a sandwich or salad. The serving includes the juices which become hard in the fridge. 

As I am typing this blog post I am having 6 oz. of instant pot shredded beef, 1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend, chopped tomato and sweet heat jalapenos. Total meal is 285 calories 27 P / 17 F / 4 C. Let me know what creations your come up with using these beef in the comments. 

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Spoon with a scoop of shredded beef.

Instant Pot Shredded Beef

Danielle Lima
This Instant Pot Shredded Beef is easy, flavorful and extremely versatile. You only need beef, broth and seasonings to have this ready on a busy weeknight. Serve in tacos, on salads, in quesadillas or in a sandwich and use the sauce as a delicious dip. 
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 53 servings
Calories 41 kcal

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Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs. boneless chuck roast
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil split
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 handful cilantro chopped (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Turn the instant pot on sauté. Trim the fat off your beef and cut into 2 inch chunks and place in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp. of olive oil, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, chili powder and lime juice to the bowl and mix together well to combine. 
  • Add the second 1 tbsp. olive oil to the instant pot and sauté the beef on all sides until slightly browned but not cooked. 
  • Add the beef broth to the pot, cover with the lid and seal the release valve. Pressure cook for 30 minutes. 
  • Let the beef slow release for 20 minutes before quick releasing. Once done you can either shred the beef directly in the pot or remove the beef with a slotted spoon, shred and return. 
  • To slightly thicken the sauce mix the tapioca flour with water and add to the pot. Mix well to combine. Lastly, add (optional) a handful of chopped cilantro. 
  • Serve in tacos, sandwiches, on salads or as is. 

Notes

  • All nutrition facts are an estimate.
  • You can use cornstarch to thicken if you don’t have tapioca flour.
  • Rolling the lime around on the counter before cutting into it will help release the juices. 
  • You can use any oil.
  • Serve in tacos, sandwiches, salads or eat as is. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1oz.Calories: 41kcalProtein: 5gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 155mgPotassium: 94mg
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    One of our favorites – easy, tasty and delicious. Good for so many different meals…definitely try pairing with the mango fried rice!!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this as the recipe is above in my instant pot and it turned out perfectly! Great flavor, super easy to make and so tender. Will definitely keep this in the rotation. Served it with home made sourdough bread and turned it delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    Hi! I made this in the slow cooker! I used all the same ingredients and followed all the same steps, except I did the first part on the stove and finished in the slow cooker, on high for 4 hours. Still delicious!!

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