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how to make shredded beef in the instant pot

Instant Pot Shredded Beef Recipe

Instant Pot Shredded Beef with peppers and onions is one of the best pressure cooker dinner recipes! Transform your chuck roast into this delicious meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
time to get to pressure 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 335


  • 2 tablespoon avocado oil (divided, can use olive oil or vegetable oil)
  • 2 bell peppers (stem and seeds removed, sliced)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (sliced thin)
  • 2 pound beef chuck roast (allow to sit at room temperature for an hour or so before cooking, I use boneless but you can use bone-in as well)
  • 2 tablespoon taco seasoning (can substitute with fajita seasoning)
  • 1 cup water


  • Set your Instant Pot to Saute mode and add 1 tablespoon of the oil. When the oil is hot, add the peppers. You want them to get seared but not soggy, so you may want to brown them in small batches. Only stir occasionally to prevent burning. Once the edges get nice color, transfer them to a separate plate and continue cooking remaining peppers. Follow same process with the onion. Set aside.
    sauteed peppers and onions
  • With the Instant Pot still on saute mode, add the remaining tablespoon of oil with the chuck roast and allow to brown on both sides, about a 5 minute sear on each side to brown the outside.
  • Add the taco seasoning and water and set to high pressure for 60 minutes. Once done, you can quick release pressure or allow it to natural release. Transfer the cooked roast to a cutting board and set the Instant Pot back to saute mode with the lid off to allow the liquid to reduce.
  • Once the roast is cool enough to handle, use a couple forks to shred the meat and discard any fat (unless you like to leave it in). Once the liquid is reduced by about half, turn Instant Pot to warm setting and add the shredded meat to the sauce. Stir to coat.
    instant pot shredded beef with sauce
  • Add the browned peppers and onions to the meat mixture and stir to coat or serve them on the side. Serve shredded beef with peppers and onions as a main course or add to burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, etc.


Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 612mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1344IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3mg