Super easy Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef Cheeks make the best beef tacos ever!!
Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Super easy Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef Cheeks make the best beef tacos ever!!

Course: Beef Dishes, Entrees, Instant Pot
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 238 kcal
Author: Angela @ BakeItWithLove.com
Ingredients
  • 2.5 lbs beef cheeks (fat trimmed, cut into 1 1/2 - 2 inch chunks)
  • 1 tsp each, salt & pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (fresh, chopped - more for garnish, if desired)
  • 1-2 chipotle pepper(s) in adobo sauce (use more chipotle peppers with the adobo sauce for more heat, or use 1/2 tsp groud chipotle for less heat)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 medium navel orange (juice and zest - or use 2 limes)
  • 2 cups beef broth
Instructions
  1. Set your instant pot or pressure cooker to saute, add the olive oil and allow both to warm before adding your chunked beef cheeks. Add the beef cheeks once the pot has warmed, then cover with seasoning (salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, and ground cloves). Stir to coat the meat with seasoning.

  2. Allow the beef cheek cubes to brown on all sides, then add the chopped cilantro and orange zest (you can use dried orange peel and orange juice from concentrate, or limes as a substitute) along with the chipotle pepper and adobo sauce. Stir to combine.

  3. Add the tomato paste, orange juice, and beef broth then turn off the saute function and seal the instant pot or pressure cooker. Use the manual setting to set the time to 45 minutes.

  4. When the cook time has ended, turn your instant pot or pressure cooker off and allow it to do a natural release (which will take 20 minutes, or more depending on how full your instant pot or pressure cooker is).

  5. Remove the meat from the juices, place into a bowl or plate and use a pair of forks to shred the beef cheeks. Stir some more fresh cilantro in, or sprinkle over the top to serve.