Instant Pot Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa

4.89 from 9 votes

This recipe is an excellent copycat recipe for Chipotle’s Barbacoa Beef. Super easy to make in your Instant Pot. This is super Flavorful Meat!

barbacoa taco

I probably said it a million times, I love Mexican food. I also LOVE my Instant Pot so I just had to try this Instant Pot Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa.

browned chuck roast in instant pot
Browned Chuck Roast in Pressure Cooker

It probably comes from living in Southern California where authentic Mexican food can be found on almost every street corner. Most of the time I either have Pork Carnitas or Chicken based dishes.

That means I’ve been missing out on this delicious dish called Barbacoa Beef. I don’t think this dish originated in Mexico but is readily available at many local Mexican restaurants.

barbacoa sauce on beef
Barbacoa Sauce on Beef

I just couldn’t resist looking up where Barbacoa Beef comes from and more specifically how it made its way to the US. You can read more about Barbacoa Beef by reading this article about Barbacoa.

shredded barbacoa beef
Shredded Barbacoa Beef

This dish is so versatile that you can have it in tacos, burritos or even over a bed of rice! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. This is most definitely a keeper!

Instant Pot Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa

Barbacoa Beef is almost always served with diced onions and cilantro, but I also added a little bit of my Garlic Lime Crema for the ultimate tasty taco experience.

Instant Pot Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa

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For more great recipes you can make in your Pressure Cooker check out this collection of Instant Pot Recipes.

Since the goal of a Copycat Recipe is for it to taste exactly like the original, it’s only natural to rate this recipe against the original. This Copycat recipe rates a solid 10 out of 10 in my opinion.

barbacoa taco with crema and cheese
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How to Handle Raw Beef

  • Thaw frozen ground beef on a plate on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator, to avoid dripping onto other foods.
  • Keep raw and ready-to-eat meats separate.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw ground beef. Wash cutting boards, bowls, and utensils used to prepare raw ground beef with hot soapy water and rinse well.
  • Use separate plates to carry raw ground beef patties to the cooking area and cooked patties to the serving area.
  • Use a Thermometer to ensure Ground Beef Reaches the Safely Cooked Internal Temperature of 160°F.
Instant Pot Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa

You will need the following ingredients to make this Copycat Barbacoa recipe from Chipotle in your Pressure Cooker (see recipe card for quantities): Boneless Chuck Roast, Canola Oil, Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, White Onion, Garlic Cloves, Beef Bouillon, Apple Cider Vinegar, Lime Juice, Ground Cumin, Dried Oregano, Chili Powder, Sea Salt and Ground Cloves.

  1. In a large blender, add chipotle peppers with adobo sauce, chopped white onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt, and cloves. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In your Instant Pot, heat oil using the saute function. Add meat in small batches and cook until browned.
  3. When all the meat is browned, add the sauce from the blender. Add the beef broth.
  4. Cook on high pressure for 50 minutes. Release pressure using the quick pressure release method.
  5. Remove meat from Instant Pot and shred.

Printable Recipe Card

chipotle beef barbacoa

Instant Pot Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa

This recipe is an excellent copycat recipe for Chipotle’s Barbacoa Beef. Super easy to make in your Instant Pot. This is super Flavorful Meat!
4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Author Rodney
Servings 10
Calories 597 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 6 lbs Chuck Roast, boneless
  • 2 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • 6 oz Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  • 1 White Onion
  • 10 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Cup Beef Broth
  • Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ Cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • ½ Tsp Ground Cloves

Instructions
 

  • In a large blender, add chipotle peppers with adobo sauce, chopped white onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt and cloves. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • In your Instant Pot, heat oil using the saute function. Add meat in small batches and cook until browned.
  • When all the meat is browned, add the sauce from the blender. Add the beef broth.
  • Cook on high pressure for 50 minutes. Release pressure using the quick pressure release method.
  • Remove meat from Instant Pot and shred.

Notes

While I elected to make this recipe in my Instant Pot, you can easily adapt this recipe for your slow cooker by cooking it on high for about 6 hours or until the meat is tender. You can also use the remaining juices to make a sauce by boiling the sauce with some cornstarch until it thickens.

Nutrition

Calories: 597kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 54gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 187mgSodium: 1038mgPotassium: 1019mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 310IUVitamin C: 5.4mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 7.1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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5 Comments

  1. Wendy says:

    Hi Chef Rodney!!
    I’m planning a grad party for my daughter. She loves Chipotle so I was hoping to save some money and prepare the barbacoa myself. Do you think this would freeze well if made ahead of time and then reheated? It will only be frozen for a few days as my party is next weekend.

    1. Once cooked I would wrap it well in something like aluminum foil and place it inside an airtight bag. I would unthaw to room temperature and heat up in a skillet. Microwave is an option I just don’t care to use my microwave. 🙂

      1. Wendy says:

        Thank you!
        I’ll let you know how it comes out when I’m done!

  2. Gloria says:

    I’m making this tonight but just prepped the sauce. 2 comments: 1. Please adjust the recipe to add approximately how many limes you need. I totally missed the 1/2 cup, luckily I had some bottled lime juice to supplement. 2. I think you have a typo on the last ingredient. 1/2 t garlic clove which I guessed was ground clove but it took me a minute or two. I’m excited to see how this turns out. Hope to post later! 5 star based in the taste of the sauce.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion on the lime juice. One lime will yield about 2 tablespoons of juice so this recipe will need about 4 limes. Typo fixed! I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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