Looking for more free recipes?

Subscribe to my free recipe newsletter to get new family friendly recipes in your inbox each week! Find me sharing more family-friendly inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram.

plate full of chipotle shredded beef sprinkled with cilantro

Chipotle Shredded Beef {Instant Pot}

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-5 cups 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Tender and flavorful, this pressure cooker Chipotle Shredded Beef has just the right amount of spice and is perfect for tacos or burritos. And you can’t beat the cooking time!



  • 3 lb beef chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, chopped (seeds removed for less heat)
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from the chipotle with adobo can)
  • 2 teaspoons dried cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into large chunks
  • 1 cup water


  1. Salt and pepper the roast generously.
  2. Press sauté on the Instant Pot and add the olive oil. Brown the roast on both sides, 3-4 minutes per side, or until completely browned.
  3. If needed, remove the roast and drain any oil or fat. Place the roast back into the pot and spread the chipotle pepper and adobo sauce on top of the meat. Then sprinkle with the cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Sprinkle the cilantro over the top. Add the onions and bell pepper. Pour the water around the edges of the roast in the pot.
  4. Close the pressure cooker select high pressure for 60 minutes. When it’s done and it beeps, turn the cooker off and use natural pressure to release. When the valve drops, remove the lid.
  5. Remove the meat from the Instant Pot and let it rest for 5 minutes. Discard the veggies, reserving the liquid.
  6. Shred the meat with 2 forks and return to the pot and stir into the liquid. Keep warm over low heat until ready to use.

Recipe Notes:

adapted from

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should be used as a general guide.


  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
  • Calories: 279
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 654 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 37 g
  • Cholesterol: 113 mg

Keywords: shredded beef, chipotle shredded beef, instant pot shredded beef