Instant Pot Braised Beef Tacos

braised beef tacos with creamy salsa sauce

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5 from 6 reviews

Tender seasoned beef wrapped up in tortillas with all the toppings, including a simple creamy salsa-inspired sauce, is totally doable on a weeknight thanks to an Instant Pot. These beef tacos are easy to prep and are ready to go in less than an hour. This recipe makes enough for two hungry people with some leftovers for lunch the next day.



For the Beef

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 16 ounces stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 (10-oz) can Rotel, drained
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

For the Sauce

  • 1/2 (10-oz) can Rotel, drained
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

For Serving

  • Tortillas
  • Guacamole
  • Queso fresco or feta cheese
  • Chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Place the olive oil, beef, Rotel, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder in a 3-quart Instant Pot and stir to coat the beef in the seasonings. Place the lid on the pot, secure the lid, and close the steam valve. Select the “high pressure” setting and set the timer for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes has elapsed do a natural release for 10 minutes. Cover the steam valve with a towel and open it to release the rest of the pressure (also known as a quick release). Stir the beef.
  2. While the beef is cooking make the sauce. Place the rest of the Rotel, all of the mayonnaise, lime juice, salt and chili powder in a small food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Serve the beef in tortillas with the sauce and your favorite toppings.


The nutrition estimate includes the beef and sauce only.