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Instant Pot Barbacoa

Quick and easy Instant Pot Barbacoa is so tender and delicious, and great for leftovers!

Paleo Gluten Free Instant Pot Barbacoa

Barbacoa is always my first choice when we go out for tacos (that, and fish tacos). There’s something so amazing about how tender and spicy it is, and I just love it just melts in your mouth. If you don’t know what Barbacoa is, you should learn and try it because it’s just the best!

Barbacoa is slow roasted meat, usually beef, seasoned with various spices to give it a delicious chipotle flavor. BUT, if you have no patience for slow roasting anything like me, you can just throw everything in the Instant Pot and it’ll all be ready in an hour or so!

Paleo Gluten Free Instant Pot Barbacoa

Beside some simple prep work, there’s not much you have to physically do for this Instant Pot Barbacoa. That’s what’s so magical about Instant Pots. They take a fraction of the time that a slow cooker requires, but you still have a delicious fall-off-the-bone meal at the end of it without stinking up the whole house!

Paleo Gluten Free Instant Pot Barbacoa

The versatility of this recipe makes it a great one to make for meal prepping at the beginning of the week. So far, we’ve had it in tacos, salads, taquitos, and eaten it just on its own. Next time, I think I’ll build a burrito bowl with them with cauliflower rice and veggies. Oh, the possibilities!

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Instant Pot Barbacoa
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  • 3-4 lb beef bottom round roast or chuck roast, cut into 3 inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup beef broth or bone broth
  • ¼ cup raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish
  1. Set Instant Pot to Sauté setting and heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil for 10 minutes.
  2. Add beef to the Instant Pot and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Work in batches if needed.
  3. Leave the beef in the Instant Pot and turn it off.
  4. Combine the rest of the ingredients, except cilantro, in a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour the sauce over the meat, close the lid, and cook for 60 minutes on high pressure.
  6. Release the pressure and open the lid. Take out the meat, shred it with 2 forks, and return it back into the Instant Pot.
  7. Stir, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve as taco meat, in a burrito bowl, or in any way you want to enjoy it!

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Paleo Gluten Free Instant Pot Barbacoa

Slow Cooker Beef Roast

Paleo Gluten Free Slow Cooker Beef Roast

Brr!! It’s cold outside, guys! For the past 2 and a half years that we’ve lived in California, it’s never frozen over and this past weekend, it was in the low 30s. So I’ve been cocooning myself inside with the dogs in layers and blankets trying to keep warm. I know there are places in the country where people are snowed in and the temperature is way colder, but I’m a total wuss when it comes to the cold.

When the temperature drops like this, the thought of slow cooked meat is sooooo comforting to me. This is why I was so excited when I realized that I have a huge bottom round beef roast in my freezer, waiting to be defrosted.
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I feel like this is the busiest season for so many of us, so it’s a great idea to take advantage of the “set it and forget it” method to avoid spending hours in the kitchen. This is why I’m such a fan of the slow cooker and the Instant Pot! I also love the amount of leftovers you can get out of beef roast, and I’ve used the meat the next few days for stir fry, in my omelette, and even as a taco meat! You make it once and you use it for 2-3 more meals, which is such a time and money saver, especially because roast meat is usually cheaper than other cuts of beef.

Hope you spend the week finishing up some holiday errands, cooking up some comforting meals (I highly recommend THIS ONE), and staying warm!
Paleo Gluten Free Slow Cooker Beef RoastPaleo Gluten Free Slow Cooker Beef Roast

Slow Cooker Beef Roast
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  • 1 lb baby potatoes, or regular potatoes cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 3 large carrots, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
  • 3 lb beef bottom round roast
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (omit for low FODMAP)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups bone broth or beef broth
  • 2 tbsp tamari sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  1. Line the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker with potatoes and carrots.
  2. Heat ghee or coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Season the beef liberally all over with salt and pepper, using more than you think is enough.
  4. Add the beef to the pan and brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Remove the beef and place in the slow cooker on top of the vegetables.
  5. Lower the heat to medium on the stovetop, and add garlic and tomato paste to the pan and sauté for 30 seconds.
  6. Add broth, tamari sauce (or coconut aminos), apple cider vinegar, and fish sauce into the pan and stir to combine. Pour the liquid into the slow cooker over the beef roast.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours, until the beef is tender.
  8. Slice the beef thinly. Serve with vegetables and the sauce poured on top.

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