Instant Pot Barbacoa Tacos (+cooking video!)


Did you watch my cooking video?? I sure hope so. But that’s honestly what important today. Because The Bachelor has started and now I care about nothing else in life. I didn’t have a breakdown of last weeks episode last week because I was staying away from technology in Cabo…except when get wasted and recording instagram stories like a real dumb d*ck. Luckily, I’m caught up. Ok, not exactly. I’ve watched the first episode but I won’t be watching the second episode until tonight when my sister-in-law comes over. We can’t watch without each other. It just doesn’t feel right. So today, let’s talk about the premier episode because HOT DAMN, it was good.

First off, I could give a rats ass that it’s Arie. I didn’t even know who Arie was because I couldn’t stand Emily’s voice back in the day and never watched her season. So Arie is a boring mystery to me. Especially because he seems incredibly bored already. He started the show off saying this is going to be the most important race of his life…what does that even mean, Arie? Fire your producer, he’s feeding you terrible lines. After watching Arie dance in roses and try to pose like a model but not know how to tuck his chin in a sexy way, we meet some of the women. Let’s just run through them and waste our Tuesday away. Actually, I’m going to only run through the ones that interested me enough to stop me from snacking during the 2 hours of the show. Snacks and Bachelor go hand in hand…right? Like movies and popcorn.

  • Amber – Amber owns a spray tan business in Denver which is the only reason she excited me. She looked familiar and I worked my ass off trying to figure out why. Actually, I did nothing to try to figure it out. But SPOILER ALERT, she gets kicked off and the poor girl is so exhausted from staying up until 5 in the morning and being fed cocktails, that she breaks down and cries that her family is going to be so disappointed. Her mom told her this was her moment. Uncool mom, uncool.
  • Ali – Ali has the longest forehead I’ve ever seen which makes me love her more because I’m part of the five head club, too. I get her.
  • BeKAH – Whenever you say Bekah’s name, you must say it how Jesse does in Pitch Perfect. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, acaxcuse me – go away. Anywho, I don’t trust Bekah as far as I can throw her, which is actually pretty far, she’s a tiny human. But she’s definitely one who likes to stir up trouble. And she can’t hide behind that pixie hair cut and chin-tucking grin. Arie LOVES it, but I just can’t forgive her for that name spelling. I can’t do it. But sadly, I think she will go far.
  • Bibiana – She was dressed for prom. And she said Papi at one point. Whenever someone says Papi or Daddy is any sexual nature, I first throw up in my mouth, and then decide that getting to know that person is not worth it. I don’t want to throw up in my mouth again.
  • Brittane – Has great eyebrows.
  • Caroline – Best boobs of the night. She reminded me of Vanessa from Nick’s season and I thought she looked absolutely stunning. BUT her intro video was her showing a home to a couple with a baby and she’s wearing a cutout dress. Believe me, I loooooove me a cutout dress, but not when I’m trying to fake sell a house to a fake couple on tv. Nope. Poor choice. I think she’ll go far, though. Who doesn’t love a real estate power couple? Oh, in case you didn’t know, Arie’s in real estate. I’m bored, let’s move on.
  • Chelsea – This chick is a whack job. Number one, too much filler. She has trouble smiling so she keeps telling Arie she’s staying a mystery. But what she’s really saying is that she’s waiting until her filler settles in by episode 5 to show emotion…once she physically can. I’ve never had fillers and now I wonder what it’s like to kiss lips with too much filler. Is it like kissing a water weiner? Do you know what I’m talking about? Those things were fun. So maybe kissing her would be fun! Anywho, she had some long intro about being a single mom and she made the worst looking sandwich I’ve ever seen. Too much filler and sh*tty peanut butter & jelly sandwiches? No thank you. Get out, Arie, GET OUT! PS – Chelsea also called herself Mama. I know this is going to piss off MANY people but I cannot stand when someone calls themselves Mama. Nope. Gross. Just as bad as Daddy and Papi. Cut it out.
  • Jenna – Jenna is MY FAVORITE! She’s absolutely on some sort of drug. It could be cocaine, it might just be adderall, or maybe she’s just one of those excessively hyper people when she drinks. Either way, she’s ADHD and ready to spread her many thoughts into the world. Kind of like me! She washed Arie’s feet and rubbed them and it made me sick to my stomach. I hate feet. They’re gross. He also said he’s never had anyone touch his feet. What a liar. No calluses on those feet. Did you give yourself a pedicure, Arie?! Did you!?!
  • Kendall – The producers obviously needed some sort of goofy person so they talked her into it. She goes on and on about how she loves taxidermy then she plays the ukulele to a stuffed seal. It’s all quite offensive. It wasn’t even a good taxidermy job on the seal. But she comes off as completely normal later on in the episode. You’re annoying, producers. Be more creative.
  • Krystal – She is by far the craziest of all. If I’ve learned anything through my 30 years on earth, it’s to never trust a person who smiles constantly. And not only does Krystal smile until your own face hurts, she talks like a baby child. And leaves an A on the end of each word. “Iaaaaaa love beingaaaaa nice personaaaaa becauseaaaa I love itaaaaa.” It’s exhausting. When someone smiles and talks like that at all times, you know she will break at some point and murder you in your sleep. And the previews showed her cracking which I CANNOT WAIT to watch. Be real, Krystal. Scream into a pillow and join a boxing class. But she will make it far. Arie said her voice is soothing. What a creep.
  • Marikh – Speaking of boxing, Marikh boxed like an assh*le for her promo video. I don’t care if you can’t box, but don’t act like it on national television. But I am definitely very jealous of the restaurant she said she owns because her mom looks like she whips up a mean Indian curry.
  • Maquel – She drove in in some race car then took her helmet off like she was in a slow-mo commercial for Carls Jr. with Jessica Simpson circa 2005. She has some great platinum blonde hair, though. Hats off to her hairstylist. She also had a great dress. I have nothing else to say about her but I hope she stays around and pisses people off.
  • Nysha – Said she loves seeing people come in with gun shot wounds and lots of blood. She’s a nurse. Who doesn’t love a good gun shot wound, am I right?! Nysha needs to find a new area to part her hair. She’s Donald Trumping – pre-President days.
  • Tia – Is stunning and the new Raven. Which makes sense since she’s friends with Raven. Raven said that Tia is super “lackable” so she should make it far. Thanks, Raven. Your part in this episode was completely unneeded. I hope Tia makes it far because she has a super thick accent and is more fun to listen to than all the other girls.
  • Valerie – She decided to dye her hair this crazy deep red color then she chose a piss yellow dress. Not even piss, more like mustard yellow dress. It was all quite harsh on the eyes. Luckily she will live another episode to hopefully tone down her colors.

I’m not sure if this season is going to be very interesting since Arie is as exciting as a sack of potatoes, but I’m PUMPED to watch. Now can Tuesday go by faster so I can watch last nights episode?!!?


Instant Pot Barbacoa Tacos


  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x



For the first round of cooking:

  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 2 lbs grass fed beef rump roast or chuck roast, trimmed of extra fat
  • 68 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup bone broth
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from the can of chipotle peppers)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the second round of cooking:

  • 1 (16 ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • 8 ounce can green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the tacos:

  • Siete Foods Coconut Cassava Tortillas
  • Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo
  • minced white onion
  • diced avocado
  • lime wedges
  • chopped cilantro


  1. Place the basin in the 8 quart instant pot then press the sauté button. Add ghee then once hot, salt the outside of the roast then sear roast on all sides, about 5 minutes per side, until browned. Once seared, press the cancel button.
  2. To the instant pot, add the rest of the ingredients for the first round of cooking and mix to combined. Secure the lid of the instant pot, close off the pressure valve then press manual and press the up button until the time hits 90 minutes. Once time is up, quick release to let the pressure out then remove lid and press cancel.
  3. Remove the roast then use 2 forks to shred the roast into small pieces (you can also do this within the pot) then place the shredded beef back in the liquid. Add the rest of the ingredients for the second round of cooking, mix to combined then press the sauté button. Let mixture cook for 25-30 minutes with the lid off to reduce, until most of the liquid is cooked off.
  4. Place each tortilla over an open flame on the stovetop to soften. Top each taco shell with a small amount of the chipotle lime mayo, then a heaping amount of the barbacoa, white onion, avocado, cilantro, and fresh lime juice on top!




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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


82 thoughts on “Instant Pot Barbacoa Tacos (+cooking video!)”

  1. A girl I used to hang around in high school is on this season, so I’m actually watching for once and can finally enjoy your blog recaps. YESSSS!!

  2. I am so happy Bachelor recaps are back.

    I’m not sure who I hate more so far – Bekah, or Krystal.
    I had to go creep on Bekah’s IG and she is overly into astrology. I guess that makes sense for a 22 year old nanny who is on a reality TV show to date a 36 year old. Except even ABC won’t admit her age. Get her out of there.

    Krystal encompasses every generic IG fitness model who makes me roll my eyes at their “booty building workouts”, and is trying way to hard to seem sweet and positive. Just wait for her to really shine in this week’s episode…

  3. Yessss! The only thing I love more than the train wreck that is the bachelor/ette/paradise is the recaps. I always feel so bad for the girls cut after night one because they THINK they’re heartbroken, but really they’re just hungover and/or drunk + exhausted exhausted cause who really wants to pull that type of all-nighter?! Fingers crossed for a less boring season than Rachel’s.

  4. Ugh that yellow dress and the maroon hair….WHY???? It was very distracting for me last week.

    Meanwhile, this barbacoa looks great. Quick question – what setting did you use for the last 30 minutes of reduction cooking? Thanks!

    1. poor choice. the producers should have said something. it was the beginning of the end for her. just the saute function for the last 30 minutes

  5. Hey Juli!
    I just saw your snap about bone broth. I, kind of, recently picked up the same kind. It’s been in my fridge for a few weeks now and I just read something that said it goes bad after 4 days. Is this something you’ve dealt with? Or you usually guzzle it within a few days? Thanks for the help 🙂

  6. Juli-

    I love all of your recipes! Do you think could I make this in a crock-pot? I’m assuming I’d sear the meat first then cook on low for 8ish hours?

  7. You are honestly hilarious. I’m laughing so hard I think I woke up everyone in the house. Please keep the commentary coming, it’s even better than the show. If you like quality TV, just saying I love Bachelor but it’s not quality, you should check out the Marvelous Mrs Maisel on Amazon. It’s about a female comedian and really funny. She has a potty mouth, you would love her.

  8. Your bachelor recap is the best!!! LMAO !!
    Love your feed and stories!! Can’t wait for next week and your recap!!! Thanks for all the laughs!!! Oh yes -I agree with Laura above check out “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” -so funny -right up your alley!!

  9. First off, I am SO glad that I was not the only one who is not a crazy fan of Emily Maynard. Everyone seems to love her, and I just didn’t get it. I actually did watch her season but at that point I was still in college so I was watching it between my turns in beer pong and I didn’t even remember Arie.

    Also, thank you for being the only other person to point out the one girl’s bright yellow dress and red hair. I kept telling my husband that combo was horrible and I felt really bad that no one tried to stop her from wearing that.

    Definitely team Tia, even though in real life when someone has an accent that thick I get really annoyed. But when it’s her and she’s on TV, I’m eating it up! In my defense I live in North Carolina and I still maintain we aren’t far enough South to have THAT thick of an accent, but plenty of people around here force it. Like my mother-in-law, but I digress on that one.

    Can’t wait until the next re-cap!

  10. Hey Juli! I am so excited for this recipe! We make your slow cooker version all the time in the house and am pumped to try this new version in the instant pot! I’m a big fan of drier style barbacoa, similar to the pictures but noticed the video had a bit more of a liquid consistency. Should we cook longer for drier version? Less tomato sauce? Thanks!

    1. yes, just cook it longer! we ran a little short on time with the video which is why it’s still a little runny. but you can see in the actual photos that it doesn’t have to be that way. the longer you cook it, the more it thickens up!

  11. I always get barbacoa at Chipotle so I’m super excited you posted a recipe for it (and was just gifted an instant pot by my in laws this christmas – I don’t know if that was some sort of hint because I didn’t ask for it but I’m just going to learn it anyway). I really appreciate the real step by steps in this recipe with the instant pot, especially the reminder to close the vent.

    Alsoooo, I’ve never watched the Bachelor but I’ll be watching the one of Jan 15th because Arie’s one on one date is at the winery I work at!! It was pretty exciting, – we had to sign an NDA, hide in the shadows as we stalked them through the vineyard, etc. I look forward to reading your thoughts.

  12. Hi Juli! This looks delicious, itching to try it with the roast we have in the freezer.

    Question- do you think this will fit in a 6qt instapot?


  13. Hiiii! I don’t watch the Bachelor (literally never seen an episode) but I swear I read your updates religiously, I love them lol

    Quick question! I got some steaks in my Butcher Box this month and last month that are cuts I’m not familiar with, do you think I could use those in replace of the rump roast here? Thanks!

  14. Juli,

    Thanks for all the great recipes. I’ve been a paleOMG Fan for a while. I have prepped plenty of your goodies and they are all SO GOOD so THANKS AGAIN!! Sooo I have a quick question that is directed at an item in your video and I’m thinking that you don’t get asked this very often, but is that a Wusthof knife your using??? Just asking because my kitchen is well equipped and I use Wusthof & Dalstrong blades as they are well made…………………………..and the Barbacoa was excellent and I’ve added it to my goody list. So the food hoarding and bad dancing is well overlooked for the paleo goodies you always cook and share on your website!! Oh and I’m sure you are a helluva of a dancer and aren’t we all food hoarders!!! Have an awesome day and thanks again for being such a super sharer!!

    Scott P.

  15. I made this barbacoa tonight and it is SOOOOO GOOD. Between this and spaghetti squash pizza casserole, your recipes are so good! Love the instant pot for cutting down the cooking time on this! Thanks Juli!

  16. I stopped watching this show several years ago due to the producers picking such boring contestants, it became painful watching dates with deadbeat personalities. However, your recaps are so hysterical that I may consider watching again so I can see whom it is that you are talking about! I was laughing so hard my stomach hurt. You are too funny and clearly WAY into these shows! May have to tune in once again, although this Arie you speak of sounds like no fun to watch. BTW, your insta stories, from Cabo, post a few cocktails were hilarious! Looked like those were good times had by all! Looking forward to trying the barbacoa, looks delicious! Thanks for the laughs!

  17. I made this last night, and it was SO SO SO good. My husband also gave it a big thumbs up (which is no easy task!). I’m loving my instant pot, and especially your instant pot recipes!

  18. I am making this tonight. I will be interested to find out how it tastes without the chipotle peppers since those are not paleo compliant due to the sugar in their sauce. Was bummed about that as was my wife who is paleo.

  19. Hi Juli, totally unrelated question to the recipe or post, but I just watched the video – I agree with a previous poster by the way that you should have your own food network cooking show as your videos are great) – but how do you keep your stovetop grates so clean? They look new – mine look like garbage and even an SOS pad doesn’t get them in mint condition….please tell

  20. Hands down – THE best barbacoa I’ve ever had. SOO yum. Made it as directed – would add or change a thing. My new favorite.

  21. Currently making this in my instant pot and my house smells AMAZING. The burrito bowl with barbacoa has definitely been one of my pregnancy cravings so I’m excited to have a make at home recipe. I just love your podcast by the way and have loved hearing your guest speakers and your health and beauty tips! Makes my morning commute tolerable.

  22. So I don’t think I’ve ever commented on a blog post before but I HAD to let you know how incredible this recipe is!! I followed it to a t and my husband and I agree it’s one of the best things I’ve ever made in the IP. The meat is just insanely tender and incredibly flavorful. I’ll be trying your carnitas next!! And bonus: my Wegmans just started carrying the siete tortillas so they made it even better!

  23. So yummy! This is a great recipe to freeze in quart-size bags for individual lunches! I’m now obsessed with finding good freezer meals thanks to Fed and Fit whom I now know thanks to your podcast <3 You're the best.

  24. Just made this awesome and delish recipe. Hands down the best! My husband said it was like going to a great Mexican restaurant to have tacos! Thanks so much for the video. It is so great to actually see the recipe being made! And you are so beautiful and fun to watch! Love, love all the recipes I have tried so far. Can’t wait to make some more of them!

  25. Hi Julie
    this might be a dumb question but why do you use the chipotle peppers in adobe sauce if it contains sugar? and, how in the hell do you get abs like that!
    thank u 🙂

    1. yes, they contain sugar. haven’t been able to find any without sugar. and abs come from genetics, eating well every day and working out consistently!

  26. I really want to try this but I’m very sensitive to beef. Is there another type of meat you would suggest substituting?

  27. Made this tonight with a little of my patented guacamole, and it was like a party in my mouth. Thanks for this gem!

  28. Great dish but extremely spicy. I was even out of cayenne and chili pepper so I didn’t use them, and it was still a fireball. It was so spicy husband got the hiccups and I was only able to eat one of my two tacos. Delicious but if you’re sensitive to spice (and I love spice), I suggest cutting back on some of the spicy ingredients.

  29. I found the Cassava tortillas at my local health store for….$9?! for 8 tortillas!? I debated and cursed out loud in the grocery store and decided I couldn’t justify that. I left feeling a strong need and yearning that we all have to work together, people, to make these items available and affordable for average humans.

    1. Hi Kelly! Have you tried making your own tortillas? They are incredibly easy if you have a good nonstick skillet! I always make my own instead when paleo tortillas are called for in recipes such as this. Just an idea! 🙂

      Can’t wait to give this recipe a try this weekend!

  30. Hi Julie,
    still getting used to using the Insta Pot… I know you mentioned 90 minutes on manual, I dont have a manual button…. do I just cook it under meat/Stew for 90 minutes? Thank you in advance!

  31. I’m kind of late to this game, since you posted this in 2018, but I made this on Superbowl Sunday 2020 and when I tasted the finish product I said “this is perhaps the best thing I’ve ever made.” And I love to cook. So thanks for the recipe.

  32. This recipe was the tits!!
    I planned poorly and made this on a weeknight which means I got impatient on the second round of cooking and didn’t fully cook it down and it was still AMAZING. For sure making these on a Sunday very soon so I can give this the time it deserves.

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