Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef (Keto, Paleo)

Quick and easy paleo and keto-friendly Instant Pot barbacoa beef – this recipe takes just over an hour to make and only requires 8 ingredients. This mouth-watering recipe is simple and awesome for meal prepping.

Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef - low-carb, paleo, keto, and only 8 ingredients required! |

One of my all-time favorite recipes on this site is my Crock Pot Barbacoa Beef which I have probably made at least 8 times in the last couple years. So you can imagine when I bought my Instant Pot a few weeks ago, barbacoa beef was one of the first recipes I made in it.

How to Make Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef:

The process is so simple! First, we blend up the chilis, seasoning, broth and lime juice in a small blender to create an adobo sauce.

adobo sauce ingredients for barbacoa beef

adobo sauce for barbacoa beef

We then brown the meat in the Instant Pot on the Saute mode just long enough to give it a nice sear.

Keto Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef made with 8 simple ingredients

(^ Don’t mind the background noise 😉 )

Pour in the sauce, set the Instant Pot to the Pressure Cook mode, then let it do its thang for an hour!

Once the beef has finished cooking, transfer the meat to a cutting board and shred it using two forks. Place the meat back into the Instant Pot so that it can absorb the juices, making it extra flavorful.

Keto Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef made with 8 simple ingredients | #whole30 #paleo #lowcarb


When the beef is ready, the world is your oyster when it comes to serving options. You can eat it in tacos, swaddle it up with beans and rice in a burrito, make a burrito bowl with your choice of toppings, or create a hodge podge bowl o’ nutritious vegetation like what you see here.

I ate the beef on top of mixed greens with a hefty portion of avocado, quinoa, tomatoes, red cabbage, and green onion.

Keto Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef made with 8 simple ingredients - a Whole30, paleo, low-carb dinner recipe | TheRoastedRoot.comWhat did we do with the leftovers? We consumed them in all meals, of course! – we added the barbacoa beef to scrambled eggs with potatoes and kale for breakfast, ate it as a sandwich or burrito for lunch, and made a bowl situation for dinner.

If you don’t follow a Low-FODMAP diet, consider adding 1 small diced yellow onion and 5 minced cloves of garlic for even more flavor. The beef is magnificent without, but a little onion and garlic action is MEGA when your tummy can tolerate it.

I’m still baffled by the power of the Instant Pot to make incredible shredded meat so quickly. Where the Instant Pot approach only takes 1 hour of cook time, the slow cooker version took upwards of 10 hours to get the level of shred.

How, pray tell, will you eat your barbacoa beef??

Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef - low-carb, paleo, keto, and only 8 ingredients required! |

Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef

Course: Main Course
Keyword: keto, low-carb, paleo, whole30
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Author: Julia



  1. Blend the beef broth, lime juice, cider vinegar, chilis, cumin, oregano, and sea salt in a small blender and set aside.

  2. Cut the beef roast into 4-6 large chunks.

  3. Press the Saute button on the Instant Pot and add the oil. Once hot, carefully place the chunks of meat on the surface. Brown 2 minutes per side.

  4. Pour the adobo sauce over the browned meat and secure the lid on the Instant Pot. Pressure cook on high for 60 minutes.

  5. When the pot has finished its cycle and beeps, allow the pressure to naturally release. 

  6. Remove lid and transfer the chunks of beef to a cutting board. Use 2 forks to shred the beef and place the meat back in the pot. Stir well and allow beef to sit 15 minutes or longer to absorb the juices. 

  7. Serve barbacoa beef in tacos, burritos, or bowls.


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  1. marcie

    I’ve never made barbacoa beef and this is the place to start because I love my Instant Pot! This would be a huge hit the family…especially my boys so I need to try it out!

  2. rebecca

    Looks really great … wonder ‘if’ you could use a crock pot?? I know it would tke much longer, but I tried one of those Instant Pots and it terrified me .. I once had a pressure cooker (totally loved it, but these new pots are diffferent) … I’ll give it a try .. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Eliz

    Just made this and it’s my first time making this. It turned out great. I did use coconut vinegar instead of ACV since that’s what I had. Yummy!

  5. Healthy Kitchen 101

    wow. I never heard of adobo sauce but looking at its ingredients, I guess it would bring the good taste.
    The beef looks amazing in the salad bowl! However, is 2 tbsp of avocado oil too much? I often add a little oil in my food. 🙂
    – Natalie

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Natalie,

      If you like to limit your use of oil, you can definitely cut down the amount of oil. I use about 2 Tbsp to ensure nothing sticks to the Instant Pot 😀

  6. Nancy zier

    Tami, my mouth is watering ! This sounds delicious and so versatile. Bet you take this to the camp. Love 💕 you .

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