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Shredded Beef Brisket For Tacos (Instant Pot)

Beef brisket browned and then cooked until it's fall-apart tender in the Instant Pot. Makes a great filling for tacos and burritos.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
NPR15 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Pub
Keyword: beef, comfort food, instantpot, taco, tacos
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 187kcal
Author: BlakOpal


Taco Ingredients

  • Street-size flour tortillas
  • 1 Red onion finely chopped
  • Cilantro chopped
  • Lettuce thinly sliced
  • Cheddar cheese blend shredded
  • Refried beans
  • Avocado halved and thinly sliced
  • Sour cream or crema


  • Gather ingredients and tools.
    Cut your brisket into two pieces. 
    Note: If it is large, you may want to make 3 pieces. The pieces should fit easily in the bottom of the Instant Pot.
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  • Peel and quarter the onion. Peel the garlic cloves. Set aside.
  • Turn the pot to Sauté. Add some olive oil in the bottom of the pot and place one piece of brisket in the pot. Let it begin to sear on one side without turning it or moving it around. Then flip it over and sear the second side. You want to get some good browning on both sides. Remove to a side plate. Repeat with all pieces.
    Note: if the meat is sticking, use a silicone spatula to help move it around.
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  • Pour bone broth into the bottom of the pot and use the spatula to loosen the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Return the meat into the pot and add the onions and garlic.
    Turn off sauté. Put the lid on and set the vent to closed. Turn the Instant Pot on to manual, high for 90 minutes.
    Leave to do a natural pressure release for 15 minutes, and then carefully release the remaining pressure.
  • While the meat is cooking, you can begin to prepare the toppings for your tacos. Chop up onions and cilantro, and slice lettuce and avocados. Feel free to use your favorite ingredients!
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  • After pressure is released, remove the meat to a cutting board and let it rest for a few minutes. Strain the liquid in the pot, and reserve the broth for adding some back into the meat. The rest you can use in future recipes.
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  • Cut the meat thickly against the grain, and roughly chop (in my case the meat just fell apart as I was cutting it!)
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  • Heat the tortillas by holding them in a dry cast iron pan for a few seconds, and the flipping them over. Serve hot.
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  • Top the tortillas with the shredded beef and your choice of toppings, and don't forget the sour cream! Enjoy!
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 414mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2.2mg