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Instant Pot Beef Street Tacos Recipe

Instant Pot Street Tacos are super simple and full of flavor. You’ve never had a street taco like this before. Break out your instant pot and go from here to DONE in under an hour.

Instant Pot Street Tacos

Instant Pot Street Tacos

I LOVE street tacos. There’s just something about those tender flavorful bits of flank steak that I can’t get enough of. And you all know how much I big PUFFY heart my Instant Pot because of my chronic lack of planning, and insanely busy, hectic life.

You’ll have seen my Instant Pot love in my Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos, Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Teriyaki, Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breasts from Frozen, Instant Pot Pork Ribs, Pressure Cooker Beef Brisket, and these Smothered Shredded Beef Burritos.

This Instant pot Street Tacos recipe is super easy. You start by taking your flank steak and seasoning it well and cutting it across the grain into some large chunks.

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Then stick it into a big baggie, and dump in the awesome marinade.

instant pot street tacos

Ideally, you’ll let that sit overnight, but 3 or 4 hours will do in a pinch.

Pressure Cooker Steak Tacos

Next, it is just a quick 20-25 minutes in the instant pot, and you’ve got super tender, flavorful, and delicious street tacos. Cut it up into bite-sized pieces, and try not to eat it straight off the cutting board. I dare ya.

instant pot street tacos

I like serving these with lightly toasted corn tortillas, a few finely diced onions, and lots of cilantro.

instant pot street tacos

Like, a LOT LOT of cilantro. It is my favorite.

instant pot street tacos


Yield: 6 people

Instant Pot Street Tacos

Instant Pot Street Tacos

Tender, flavorful flank steak marinated and then cooked quickly in an electric pressure cooker.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 4-5 pound flank steak, with the extra fat trimmed off
  • 1 12 ounce can Mexican beer

Dry Rub

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  • 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and sliced
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons diced cilantro


  • Cilantro
  • finely diced white onion


  1. Trim the extra fat off of the flank steak, combine all of the dry rub ingredients, and rub all over the steak.
  2. Cut the flank steak into a few pieces, place it into a large baggie, and add in all of the marinade ingredients. Refrigerate overnight at best, or 3-4 hours at least.
  3. Remove the baggie from the fridge, place into your instant pot, and pour in the 12 ounce can of beer along with all of the marinade ingredients from the baggie.
  4. Close the Instant Pot, and set to Manual and 25 minutes.
  5. After the timer has gone off, manually vent the pot and check the tenderness of the steak. You want it to be tender, but not "fall-apart" tender. If it needs it, put it in for another 5 minutes of cook time in manual mode.
  6. Remove the flank steak from the pot, chop into bite-sized pieces, and serve with cilantro, onion, lime, and corn tortillas.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 866Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 299mgSodium: 582mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 106g

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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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Saturday 27th of April 2019

I made this tonight and when I did the manual release I had foam beer spewing all over the place Did I do something wrong?

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 28th of April 2019

Nope! Instant Pots do that sometimes. I'd let the pot NRP (naturally release pressure) for longer, and put a kitchen towel over the vent before you release pressure.

What size pot do you have? How did the meat turn out?

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Tuesday 27th of February 2018

Amzing post dear!!!


Friday 7th of July 2017

Is this spicy with the jalapeno? I personally love jalapeno/spicy, but I'm having family over that doesn't do well with spicy foods. I'm not sure if it would make it spicy enough that I need to leave it out or make two batches.

Nicole Johnson

Monday 10th of July 2017

It didn't. All of my kids ate it, including the toddlers who think that the packet of mild taco seasoning is "spicy", and my 2 year old just described a perfectly ripe peach as "spicy" the other day too. ;) BUT, your milage may vary depending on how spicy your jalapeno is. I might have had a particularly mild one. If you happen to get a spicy one, your family might be in trouble!

Alexis Cannon

Monday 2nd of January 2017

Have you ever tried substituting the beer? Just finished my shopping and realized I forgot it, don't really want to make another trip... :)

Nicole Johnson

Monday 2nd of January 2017

I haven't, but I think it would be fine to substitute in some beef broth or something similar. Just make sure it is a similar consistency to beer, so don't sub in thick salsa for beer. ;)


Thursday 8th of December 2016

I would swap out the vinegar for Soy Sauce... then it would be authentic to my family! Love the rest of your recipe though!

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