Instant Pot Spicy Shredded Mexican Beef is a quick and easy Instant Pot beef recipe, perfect for a busy weeknight or weekend when you are craving Mexican comfort food! This spicy beef is perfect for tacos, burritos, or enchiladas!

Instant Pot Spicy Shredded Mexican Beef

Instant Pot Spicy Shredded Mexican Beef

What I love most about the fall weather is the return of comfort foods. For some, comfort foods are heavy and creamy, for me, they are slow cooked, rich and spicy! This Instant Pot Spicy Shredded Mexican Beef perfectly fits my fall comfort food vibes.

Instant Pot Spicy Shredded Mexican Beef

This Instant Pot Spicy Shredded Mexican Beef is a pressure cooker adaptation of one of my favorite slow cooker beef recipes. The meat is perfect for enchiladas, tacos, salads, or any type of Mexican food you like! The beef is so juicy and full of delicious Mexican flavors!

Instant Pot Spicy Shredded Mexican Beef

If you haven’t jumped on the Instant Pot train yet, I highly recommend it! I love all the different chicken dishes we have tried and am so excited to try making cheesecake, which I hear is amazing! There is a small learning curve and you need to play around with the cooking methods, but once you get the hang of it, you will never look back.

Instant Pot Spicy Shredded Mexican Beef

How do you make shredded beef in the Instant Pot?

Making shredded beef in the Instant Pot requires a little patience and a longer cook time than chicken. I like to use a larger, cheap cut of beef. You brown it on all sides on the saute function, add your liquids and spices, and then switch to high pressure. After the cook time, make sure to let the pressure release naturally or you will have tough meat!

What can you make in an Instant Pot?

I have to laugh at the people who call it a miracle cooking tool and try to make just about everything in their pot, steak, hamburgers, pancakes, etc. Some things just are not suited for the Instant Pot, but then again, so many things are! I have to say that my favorite chili recipes turn out so much better in the Instant Pot, and I love the convenience of cooking meats that normally take all day in the slow cooker. I am notorious for forgetting to prepare everything early in the day for a slow cooker meal, so the Instant Pot is so easy when I have forgotten about dinner until 3 pm! You can even throw in frozen meat! Perfect for when you forget to defrost the night before!

Instant Pot Spicy Shredded Mexican Beef

 Looking for a delicious meat filling for your favorite Mexican meal? Then you have to try this Instant Pot Spicy Shredded Mexican Beef recipe!

Looking for more Instant Pot recipes?

Instant Pot Shredded BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot Creamy Mexican Chicken

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Rigatoni

Instant Pot Bacon Wrapped Balsamic Pork

Instant Pot Spicy Shredded Mexican Beef

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 2 lbs. tender chuck roast cut in half
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce preferably a Mexican brand
  • 3 tbsp. chipotle sauce
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro divided
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil


  1. Turn your Instant Pot to saute. While it heats, season the two pieces of meat with the chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. When the pot turns to hot, add the oil. Add the beef pieces and saute for 4-5 minutes per side, or until both sides are brown.
  3. Switch the pot to manual and increase the time to 70 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, reserving half of the cilantro. Put on the lid and turn the vent to seal.
  5. Let cook for the 70 minutes and then do a natural pressure release.
  6. Once pressure released naturally, open the lid and shred the beef. Let it soak in the sauce for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Serve as desired and garnish with remaining cilantro.

I am on a Mexican recipe kick here recently. I think the last four recipes I have posted have been Mexican inspired, but it is really our favorite type of food! There is just so much you can do besides the ho-hum plain beef taco! Here are some of our favorites!

Mini Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Bites 

 Mini Enchilada Bites

Chicken Fajita Bowls

Chicken Fajita Bowls

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Meatballs

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Meatballs

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Instant Pot Spicy Shredded Mexican Beef

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