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Instant Pot Shredded Beef Burritos

Instant Pot Beef Burritos are my new favorite Mexican-inspired meal! These smothered burritos are made with a chuck roast and covered in a sauce made from the beef’s cooking liquid.

Instant Pot Shredded Beef Burritos

Instant Pot Shredded Beef Burritos

I don’t know what it is about a tortilla filled with meat and covered with cheese and sauce, but it gets me every time.

These beef burritos aren’t made with ground beef, but rather with a big delicious cut of chuck roast that cooks in the Instant Pot and creates its own sauce.

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Anything that cooks in its own sauce, I’m generally a fan of. Especially THIS sauce. It is amazing and is the perfect sauce to smother and bake your burritos in. 

Shred the beef with a couple of forks.

Using the Instant Pot for this is my preferred method, but you could also cook this in a Dutch Oven on the stove, or in a slow cooker as well. I haven’t tested this, so I’m not sure how long it’ll take, but I’d estimate 4-5 hours on the stovetop and 6-7 in the slow cooker. 

Assemble the burritos

A big part of the reason I love these so much because the cooking sauce is also the smothering sauce. It cooks down and melds together and gets deep beefy flavor from the meat.

Once the meat is done cooking, you just blend up the remaining sauce and simmer it for a bit until it is reduced by about 1/4.

Put the cheese on first, and then the sauce. It'll keep the cheese from browning in the oven.

Then stuff the tortillas, top with copious amounts of cheddar cheese, and pour that sauce on over. Then it is 20 – 30 minutes in the oven and you are eating!

 Smothered Shredded Beef Burritos

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Smothered Shredded Beef Burritos

Smothered Shredded Beef Burritos

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This delicious dish was inspired by my favorite Mexican restaurants, cooks in the Instant Pot, and makes its own sauce. SO delicious.


  • 2 pounds stew meat, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 - 7 3/4 oz can Green El Pato Jalapeno Salsa
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Chunky Garlic
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 10 dried arbol peppers
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Cilantro


  1. Add oil to a pan and heat until almost smoking. Place seasoned meat into hot pan and sear briefly to brown on at least two sides of the meat.
  2. Add the El Pato, stewed tomatoes, salsa, water, Gourmet Garden garlic, onion, and chile peppers. Pressure cook on high for 35 minutes, or slow cook on medium for 2-3 hours.
  3. Once the beef is fork tender, remove it from the cooking liquid and transfer liquid (carefully!) to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. Preheat oven to 350.
  5. Add the cooking liquid back into your Instant Pot, or into a pot on the stove. Simmer on medium low heat until reduced by about 1/2.
  6. Shred the beef with a fork, and roll into flour tortillas. Place enough cooking liquid onto the bottom of a 9x13 pan to lightly cover it. Place filled tortillas into pan, and top with cheddar cheese. Pour the sauce over the top of the cheese. You may not need it all depending on how much it reduced.
  7. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Top with Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Cilantro, and serve with lettuce and sour cream.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 103mg Sodium: 486mg Carbohydrates: 13g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 6g Protein: 33g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!
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