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Instant Pot Carne Guisada


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This Instant Pot Carne Guisada (Puerto Rican Beef Stew) is a flavorful twist on ordinary pot roast and perfect for anyone who likes Mexican food. And like almost all of my Instant Pot recipes, this Mexican pot roast is super easy to make!

One of the best things about any electric pressure cooker is how well they work at turning inexpensive cuts of beef into mouthwatering tender beef chunks loaded with flavor. You won’t get the same result when you make this on a stove top.

And though a slow cooker does wonders for chuck roast, you have to remember to start dinner as soon as you’ve finished eating breakfast.

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That being said, this recipe isn’t one that is ready quickly. You’ll spend about 15 minutes on the front end getting it ready to pressure cook, then you’ll have to allow the time for pressure to build up, 50 minutes of pressure cook time, and then time for a natural release. Plus, you need some time after it’s cooked to shred the beef and thicken the sauce.

carne guisada in a white dish with parsley on top

Altogether, you’re looking at about 2 hours start to finish, but most of that time is letting the pressure cooker do the work. So, although it’s an easy recipe, it’s not one you’ll turn to for nights when you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry.

When you have the time to plan for it though, this Latin-inspired beef stew is well worth the wait. The meat is tender, juicy, and tastes amazing.

I like to start this right as the kids get home from school, then we have time for snacks, homework, and downtime before dinner. I recruit them to help at the end so one person can be stirring the sauce, another setting the table, while I shred the beef and yet another family member gets out the toppings.

carne guisada in a white dish next to a spoon, a white bowl of sour cream and a white plate with tortillas on it

What You’ll Need to Make Puerto Rican Carne Guisada in Your Instant Pot

To make this delicious stewed meat meal, you are going to need the following ingredients:

  • One 3-pound chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning, divided
  • 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup beef broth

Other than the chipotle peppers, you likely already have all of these ingredients in your kitchen!

Substitutions

Chuck Roast: You can replace the chuck roast with any other stew meat such as bottom round roast, top round, or pot roast.

Diced Tomatoes: Instead of standard diced tomatoes, you can use Rotel for added flavor. You can also use four cups of fresh diced tomatoes instead of the canned tomatoes.

Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce: If you have a hard time finding these (or simply don’t want to run out to get just one item), you can use Tabasco Chipotle Hot Sauce to get some of the same Latin flavor. Similarly, chipotle powder will bring some of the flavor or equal parts smoked paprika and ground cayenne pepper.

Additions

Bell Peppers: For added color, flavor, and nutrients you can add some diced bell peppers to the dish before pressure cooking.

Garlic: If, like me, you think almost everything tastes better with garlic go ahead and mince a couple of garlic cloves and cook them for a minute or two before deglazing the pot in step 2.

Red Wine: I omit this because my family doesn’t like the flavor with the red wine added but a dry red wine like Merlot works really well in this dish. Just add 1/4 cup to the pot before pressure cooking.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

If you don’t have (or don’t want to use) packaged taco seasoning, you can easily make your own. Just combine:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano

How to Make Instant Pot Carne Guisada

Step 1 – Sauté Beef

First, we need to brown the roast. Press the “Sauté” button on your Instant Pot and wait until the display reads “Hot” before adding the olive oil.

While you’re waiting for the pot to heat, rub the roast all over with two tablespoons of taco seasoning. After you’ve added the oil to the pot, carefully set the roast inside.

Cook for 3-4 minutes on both sides to sear the top of and bottom of the roast. Then, remove it from the pot and set aside.

Step 2 – Deglaze

Add the beef broth to the pot and use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape off any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pot. After all of the stuck on pieces have been scraped up, return the roast to the pot and cancel sauté mode.

Step 3 – Make Sauce

In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, one tablespoon of taco seasoning, the chipotle peppers and vinegar. Stir to combine, then pour over the roast.

Step 4 – Pressure Cook

Now it’s time to let the Instant Pot take over. Secure the lid and turn the valve to “sealing.” Press “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” ( high pressure ) and set the time for 50 minutes.

When the cook time ends, allow for a natural release (don’t move the valve to “venting” until the pin drops indicating the pressure has completely released). If you’re impatient, you can quick release sooner, but no less than 10 minutes of natural release if you want the meat to be fork tender (so it will be easy to shred).

When the pressure is fully released, carefully remove the lid.

Remove the roast from the pot and use two forks to shred it. Turn the pot on sauté mode and stir the sauce until it reaches the consistency you want.

If you have a kitchen helper, this is a great time to put them to work! One of you can reduce the sauce while the other shreds the beef.

Your Instant Pot Carne Guisada is ready to serve! You can spoon this delicious stew over white rice (or brown rice if you prefer) in a large bowl.

It can also be used as taco filling. Just spoon it into flour tortillas (or corn tortillas). You can also eat it right out of a bowl like a beef stew.

Top with sour cream, shredded cheese, fresh cilantro and/or sliced jalapenos.

carne guisada in a white dish next to white bowls of sour cream and lime wedges, also a fork and spoon

Instant Pot Carne Guisada Recipe

Instant Pot Carne Guisada in white bowl

Instant Pot Carne Guisada

This is so packed full of flavor, you'll drool over it.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 64 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 3-lb chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning divided
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Set Instant Pot to sauté mode. While waiting for pot to heat, rub roast with taco seasoning. 
  • When display reads hot, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Place the roast in the pot and cook for 3-4 minutes on both sides to sear.
  • Remove roast from pot and set aside. Add the beef broth to the pot to deglaze, scraping until all brown pieces are loosened. Return the roast to the pot and cancel sauté mode.
  • In a small bowl combine tomatoes, remaining taco seasoning, chipotle peppers, and vinegar. Stir to combine. Pour over roast.
  • Secure the lid and set valve to sealing. Set to pressure cook on high for 50 minutes. At end of cook time, allow pressure to release naturally.
  • Remove the roast and use two forks to pull meat apart. 
  • Set Instant Pot to sauté mode and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce reaches your desired consistency. Return the meat to the pot to combine OR spoon the sauce over the meat when you serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 254mgPotassium: 22mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 117IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
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