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Instant Pot Beef Carnitas

These Instant Pot Beef Carnitas are simple but full of amazing flavor. The tender, juicy beef is the perfect filling for tacos or burritos.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Pressure Build & Release 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 468kcal


  • 3 pound chuck roast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ large red onion sliced
  • 1 bell pepper sliced
  • 1 7-ounce can Chipotle sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Adobo seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup beef broth


  • Set Instant Pot to saute mode and wait for display to read "Hot." Add olive oil and roast. Brown roast on both sides and then press "Cancel" to turn saute off.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the pot.
  • Secure lid and turn valve to sealing. Set to high pressure for 80 minutes. When the cook time has finished, allow for a natural pressure release.
  • Carefully remove meat from the pot to shred. Once meat has been shredded, combine with juices and seasonings in the pot.
  • Serve in flour tortillas with your favorite taco toppings.


Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 725mg | Potassium: 848mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 5mg