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Shredded Beef Taco Salad

Shredded Beef Tacos Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing, mango salsa, avocado, queso fresco and more makes for a vibrant, fun, delicious festive meal. The tender shredded beef comes together easily in the pressure cooker (or slow cooker), and is saturated with amazing flavor!

Shredded Beef Taco Salad with spring greens, avocado, cherry tomatoes, mango salsa, and more! A fresh and filling salad recipe!

Potentially unpopular preference, but I could often go for a big taco salad over standard tacos. I know…bold.

Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Barbacoa Beef Tacos are near and dear to my soul strings, but there’s just something about a ginormous bowl of variety that gets me going each and every time.

Hearty meat, creamy avocado, cheese, homemade salsa, crisp greens? They make for a satisfying meal that leaves you feeling refreshed and satiated without feeling weighed down.

This shredded beef taco salad is an absolute dream!

Loaded with the standard taco goodies and packed with flavor, it’s one of those meals you’ll find yourself craving.

The insanely flavorful shredded meat is made easily in the Instant Pot (or crock pot), and is marvelous for meal prep. My approach to this recipe is a hybrid of my Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef  and my Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja, incorporating plenty of seasoning without being overly spicy. These two recipes are popular both within my own family and among my dear followers!

Let’s talk about ingredients and make this delicious meal already!

Instant Pot Shredded Beef Taco Salad with mango salsa, avocado and more! A healthy, satisfying entrée salad recipe.

Ingredients for Shredded Beef Taco Salad:

For the Beef: Sirloin roast, beef broth, chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, chili powder, onion, sea salt. You can use any type of beef roast, and you can omit the chipotle chilies to keep the recipe mild. It is not spicy as written, but I know some folks don’t like any spice at all.

For the Salad: Spring greens, romaine, avocado, queso fresco, cherry tomatoes, red onion, radishes. This combination is so fresh and flavorful with all sorts of texture! Feel free to use feta cheese or grated cheddar cheese instead of the queso fresco.

Optional Add Ins: Black beans, brown rice, tortilla chips, pico de gallo, roasted pumpkin seeds. Toss anything in there that you love!

For the Dressing: I love using Cilantro Lime Dressing, Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dressing, or my classic Paleo Caesar Salad Dressing. Another trick I have done in the past is stir up hummus and salsa to make a creamy dressing. 

Instant Pot Shredded Beef Taco Salad with mango salsa, avocado and more! A healthy, satisfying entrée salad perfect for dinner. Make it for Cinco de Mayo!.

How to Make Shredded Beef Taco Salad:

Cut the roast into large chunks (I do about 8 chunks). Sprinkle the chunks liberally with sea salt and chili powder on all sides.

Cut the roast into large chunks and season with salt and garlic powder

Plug in your Instant Pot and press “Sauté.” Add the avocado oil and chopped onion. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to turn brown, about 5 to 8 minutes. 

Onion sauteeing in an Instant Pot

Scoot the onion off to one side of the pressure cooker and add the chunks of roast.

Sear on two or three sides for 3 to 4 minutes, until golden-brown.

Add the remaining ingredients for the beef to the Instant Pot and give it a good stir.

Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and press Manual/Pressure Cook and set the time for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Leave the steam vent sealed and be sure you’re on the default High setting.

After the Instant Pot has run its course, let it naturally release all the way and go into Keep Warm mode for at least 1 hour (I typically do 2).

Transfer the beef to a cutting board and use two forks to shred it. Put the meat back into the Instant Pot to soak up the juices while you prepare the salads.

Divide the salad ingredients among 4 large bowls or prepare the salad in one big serving bowl. Serve with your desired amount of shredded beef and your choice of dressing. I recommend Cilantro Lime!

Instant Pot Shredded Beef Taco Salad with mango salsa, queso fresco, avocado and cilantro-lime dressing

Looking for a crock pot option? No sweat! Here’s what you do to make shredded beef in the slow cooker.

How to Make Shredded Beef in the Slow Cooker:

Cut the roast into large chunks (I do about 8 chunks). Sprinkle the chunks liberally with sea salt and chili powder on all sides.

Add the avocado oil to a large skillet and heat to medium-high. After the skillet has heated up for a few minutes, add the chunks of beef and sear on 2 to 3 sides for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until golden-brown.

Set the beef aside on a plate while you sauté the onion. Add the chopped onion to the skillet and saute, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to brown, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Transfer the beef and sautéed onion to your slow cooker, along with the broth and adobo chilis. Give it a stir, secure the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 8 to 10 hours on low heat. When your beef is sufficiently tender, transfer it to a cutting board and use two forks to shred it. Place the shredded beef back into the crock pot to allow it to soak up the juices while you prepare your salads.

That’s it, friends! The most flavorful shredded beef taco salads for an amazing meal! You can also use the beef in tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, enchiladas, and more! 

More Delicious Mexican-Inspired Recipes:

Instant Pot Shredded Beef Taco Salad with mango salsa, queso fresco, avocado and cilantro-lime dressing

Shredded Beef Taco Salad

Yield: 4 to 6 Taco Salads
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Tender shredded beef, mango salsa, avocado and cilantro lime dressing make these taco salads so dreamy!

Ingredients

For the Beef:

  • 3 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 ½ lbs sirloin roast, cut into large chunks
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 cups chicken broth or beef broth
  • 4 chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, chopped (omit for mild)

For the Taco Salads:

  • 10 ounces spring greens
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup queso fresco
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • Fresh cilantro

Mango Salsa:

  • 1 large fresh mango, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice

Cilantro Lime Dressing:

  • 1 ½ cups fresh cilantro
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup avocado oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Cut the roast into large chunks (I do about 8 chunks). Sprinkle the chunks liberally with sea salt and chili powder on all sides.
  2. Plug in your Instant Pot and press “Saute.” Add the avocado oil and chopped onion. Saute, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to turn brown, about 5 to 8 minutes. 
  3. Scoot the onion off to one side of the pressure cooker and add the chunks of roast.
  4. Sear on two or three sides for 3 to 4 minutes, until golden-brown.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients for the beef to the Instant Pot and give it a good stir.
  6. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and press Manual/Pressure Cook and set the time for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Leave the steam vent sealed and be sure you’re on the default High setting.
  7. After the Instant Pot has run its course, let it naturally release all the way and go into Keep Warm mode for at least 1 hour (I typically do 2).
  8. Transfer the beef to a cutting board and use two forks to shred it. Put the meat back into the Instant Pot to soak up the juices while you prepare the salads.
  9. Stir together the ingredients for the mango salsa in a bowl until combined.
  10. Add the ingredients for the Cilantro Lime dressing to a small blender and blend until combined.
  11. Divide the salad ingredients among 4 large bowls or prepare the salad in one big serving bowl. Serve with your desired amount of mango salsa, shredded beef and Cilantro Lime Dressing.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1 of 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 962Total Fat 64gCarbohydrates 11gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 74g
Quick and easy Instant Pot Shredded Beef Taco Salads with mango salsa, cilantro lime dressing, avocado and more!

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