Prepare time: 15 min   Pressure Cook Time: 45 min  Ready in: 60 min
Pressure: High  Release  Type: Natural

For the past couple of years, I’ve been making Oven Braised Mexican Beef at least twice a month because it’s simple and delicious—and because the kids’ll actually eat it. But here’s a dirty little secret: these days, I rarely braise it in the oven ’cause I can get similar results in a fraction of the time using Instant Pot.

This simple and delicious Mexican Beef recipe can be made quickly in your Instant Pot! It’s perfect for weeknight taco suppers!


  • 2½ pounds boneless beef short ribs, beef brisket, or beef chuck roast
  • cut into 1½- to 2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt (Diamond Crystal brand)
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or fat of choice
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • ½ cup roasted tomato salsa
  • ½ cup bone broth
  • ½ teaspoon Red Boat Fish Sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup minced cilantro (optional)
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced (optional)


1 Season Beef: In a large bowl, combine cubed beef, chili powder, and salt.
Saute Onions: Press the “Sauté” button on your Instant Pot and add the ghee to the cooking insert. Once the fat’s melted, add the onions and sauté until translucent. (If you’re using a stove top pressure cooker, melt the fat over medium heat and sauté the onions.)
3 Add Ingredients: Stir in the tomato paste and garlic, and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Toss in the seasoned beef, and pour in the salsa, stock, and fish sauce.
4 Pressure Cook: Cover and lock the lid, and press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button on the Instant Pot. Press the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button to switch to the pressure cooking mode. Program your IP to cook for 35 minutes under high pressure. If your cubes are smaller than mine, you can press the “minus” button to decrease the cooking time. Once the pot is programmed, walk away. (If you’re using a stove-top pressure cooker, you won’t have all those buttons to press. Just cook on high heat until high pressure is reached. Then, reduce the heat to low to maintain high pressure for about 30 minutes.
5 Natural Release: When the stew is finished cooking, the Instant Pot will switch automatically to a “Keep Warm” mode. If you’re using a stove-top pressure cooker instead, remove the pot from the heat. In either case, let the pressure release naturally (~15 minutes).


Season and Serve: Unlock the lid and season to taste with salt and pepper. At this point, you can plate and serve—or store the beef in the fridge for up to 4 days and reheat right before serving.
When you’re ready to eat, top the hot stew with cilantro and radishes.



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One thing to note: The Instant Pot cooks at a slightly lower pressure (11.6 psi) than my stove top pressure cookers (15 psi), but that just means having to add a few minutes to the cooking time. I increase the cooking time by 7 to 15%. One more thing: even though the dish is finished in about an hour, I often don’t serve it ’til the next day. There’s a scientific reason why stews and braises taste better as leftovers.


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