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Make the BEST Instant Pot Shredded Beef with chuck roast using this easy recipe. Perfect for beef tacos, nachos, beef enchiladas or burrito bowls! This delicious recipe is very versatile and ideal for meal prep!

instant pot shredded beef tacos with sour cream on platter

If you’re looking for a new beef recipe, new ways to cook a chuck roast or just new Instant Pot recipes, you’re going to love this super easy Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef recipe.

Just add everything to the pot, pressure cook it, and enjoy the most tender, flavorful, juiciest shredded beef ever!

I love, love, love cooking chuck roasts in the Instant Pot! You can transform a tough cut of meat into tender perfection in your pressure cooker in a fraction of the time it takes in the slow cooker.

So, I was originally going to make a Pot Roast in the pressure cooker or in my crock pot, but my family voted to have Mexican food, instead. Fine by me! I just tweaked my usual Salsa Verde Chicken recipe and used a chuck roast instead of chicken.

Super easy, and even though it took longer than chicken, the result was definitely worth the wait! If you want Italian flavors, try my Italian Beef Sandwiches. You may also like my BBQ shredded beef recipe if you like shredded BBQ beef with BBQ sauce!


You only need a few simple ingredients for this Instant Pot Mexican shredded beef recipe:

  • Beef chuck roast — cut into 3 or 4 pieces, about 3 pounds
  • Taco seasoning
  • Onions
  • Salsa verde — I use Herdez brand

I make my own homemade taco seasoning. You can use a packet from the store or make your own using these spices:

  • Garlic powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Onion 
  • Salsa verde

You can’t beat chuck roast for easy shredded beef or pulled beef. I think this is the best cut of beef for shredding. When cooked long enough, it shreds easily with a fork.

How to Make Mexican Shredded Beef in the Instant Pot

First, I like to cut the chuck roast into smaller chunks so that it cooks evenly — and it always cooks perfectly this way! 3 or 4 large cuts are fine.

Place the cut roast into the pressure cooker, and season it. I use homemade taco seasoning, but you can use a packet or your favorite taco seasoning if you want.

Just sprinkle the seasoning evenly over the meat.

chuck roast with homemade taco seasoning in the instant pot pressure cooker

Then, slice up an onion and throw it into the pot. Next, follow that with a cup of salsa verde.

Just pour the salsa verde directly over the meat. That’s all you need to do!

The beef roast, plus the onions will release plenty of water, so you don’t need to add beef broth or any other liquid here other than the salsa verde.

When you open the pot after pressure cooking, you’ll be surprised how much liquid is in the pot!

chuck roast with onions and salsa verde in the instant pot pressure cooker

Cooking Time

Cook the beef for 60 minutes on high pressure. After it reaches pressure, allow a 15 minute natural release, followed by a quick release of the remaining pressure. The total cook time is roughly 90 minutes, but times vary with individual pressure cookers.

The acidity in salsa verde helps tenderize the chuck roast.

The beef seriously melts in your mouth, and it tastes incredible.

This easy Instant Pot recipe makes a lot of beef, so you can use the leftover shredded beef later in the week or freeze it. Meal planning made easy!

instant pot Mexican shredded beef in bowl and beef tacos on platter

Serving Suggestions

This multi-purpose beef recipe is a perfect fit for your favorite meals. Shredded beef tacos in warm tortillas, beef enchiladas, taco salad, burrito bowls, or nachos–enjoy this easy recipe a different way every day you make it!

Mix and match with your favorite toppings:

  • Shredded cheese
  • Cotija cheese (if you can find it!)
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Sliced jalapeno peppers
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Squeezed lime juice
  • Extra salsa verde or salsa
  • Sliced radishes or shredded cabbage for extra crunch
  • Chipotle peppers or chili powder for an extra kick
instant pot shredded beef tacos on a platter

How to Store

This delicious recipe goes a long way–you’ll be able to get multiple different meals out of one batch!

Store the extra beef in an airtight container or freezer safe bag. Refrigerate your leftovers for next day enjoyment, or freeze them for longer keeping.

Reheating the shredded beef depends on what meal you’re making it with–bake with tortilla chips and shredded cheese for nachos, fry over the stove top for tacos or burritos, or just microwave!

5 from 9 votes

Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef

By: Dee
Make the BEST Instant Pot Shredded Beef with chuck roast using this easy recipe. Perfect for beef tacos, nachos, beef enchiladas or burrito bowls! This delicious recipe is very versatile and ideal for meal prep!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
pressure time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 3 pound beef chuck roast cut into 3 or 4 pieces
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or use homemade
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 cup salsa verde
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  • Place the cut chuck roast into the inner Instant pot liner
  • Sprinkle with sea salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, pepper and cayenne pepper
  • Place sliced onions on top, and pour salsa verde over roast
  • Cover with lid, make sure vent is at Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 60 minutes
  • Pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure, then begin cooking. When pot beeps, allow a 15 minute natural release, then quick release remaining pressure
  • When pin drops, carefully remove lid. Remove chuck roast to a platter, and shred, using 2 forks
  • Place shredded beef back into pot to keep warm, or transfer to serving bowl and serve immediately


Recipe was made in a 6-quart Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.
Can use homemade taco seasoning or packet


Calories: 240kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 330mg, Potassium: 58mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 217IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
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Recipe first published in 2019 and updated in 2021

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  1. Nathan Arp says:

    And does the cook time stay the same if I double it?

    1. Dee says:

      Yes, you can double it. The cook time should remain the same if the meat is cut up. If it’s not done enough, you can always cook it longer.

  2. Patrick says:

    Made these for the football games over the weekend. They were a huge hit and so simple. Will be doing these often.5 stars