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Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa

If you love burrito bowls, you must try this Chipotle copycat burrito bowl. This recipe requires a lot of love and time, but it is so worth it! This Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa recipe makes a lot and is great for a meal prep burrito bowl or for feeding a lot of people. This burrito bowl is made with barbacoa, which is perfectly seasoned shredded beef. Barbacoa is a great filling for burritos, tacos, or even by itself! It sounds similar to barbecue, but it is not the same thing.

Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa

This is a great recipe to make for family dinner night. I love to create a burrito bar where are all the ingredients are arranged on the counter and you can pick and choose what you want to go in your burrito bowl. Instant Pot meals are great for feeding families. Check out all my Instant Pot recipes.

Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa

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What You Need for Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa

This Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa recipe calls for a lot of ingredients, so make sure to print the recipe below to take to the grocery store.

For the Barbacoa:
2.5-3 lbs beef chuck roast
2 T avocado oil
Kosher salt
Black pepper
3 dried guajillo peppers
4 chipotle chilis in Adobo sauce
4 cloves minced garlic
½ C beef broth
1 lime, juiced
3 T apple cider vinegar
1 T ground cumin
1 T dried oregano
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf

For the Brown Rice:
1 C brown rice
1 ¼ C water

For the Burrito Bowl:
1 can Black beans, heated
1 Avocado, sliced
Pico de gallo
Cilantro
Lime wedges

Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa

Kitchen Tools you will need:

Instant Pot (I recommend this one)
Oven-safe baking dish
Oven
Food Processor or Blender

Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa

This recipe is divided into 3 steps. First you are going to make the barbacoa in an Instant Pot. Then you are going to make the rice in the Instant Pot. During this process, you will need to keep the barbacoa warm in the oven. If you would rather use instant rice, that is perfectly fine. That will save you about 20 minutes and you won’t have to keep the beef warm.

How to Make Barbacoa in an Instant Pot

Place dried guajillo peppers in a shallow bowl with hot water for 15 minutes to hydrate them.

Set your Instant Pot to saute. Drizzle avocado oil inside.

Cut the beef chuck roast into 3 sections and season with salt and pepper. Sear each section in the Instant Pot on all sides, about 2 minutes per side.

When peppers are hydrated, place them in a food processor or blender along with ½ cup of the soaking juices & seeds. Add the remaining ingredients (except the bay leaf) and blend until smooth.

Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa

Pour the sauce over the roast and turn to coat. Add the bay leaf. Close the lid and pressure valve. Cook on Manual High for 60 minutes, and allow a natural release.

Remove the beef from the pot and shred with two forks. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Return the beef to the pot and toss in the sauce.

Heat oven to 200 degrees. Transfer the barbacoa to an oven-safe baking dish and cover with foil to keep it warm in the oven while rice cooks. Rinse out the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa

How to Make Brown Rice in an Instant Pot

Place the water and brown rice in the Instant Pot.

Put on the lid, making sure the knob is set to sealed. Hit manual, high pressure. Set time to 22 minutes.

Let pressure release naturally for  about 10 minutes and then manually release the rest of the pressure.

Note: If you are making a small batch of brown rice, it is best to use a 3-quart or 6-quart Instant Pot. If you use an 8-quart Instant Pot, increase the rice to 2 cups and water to 2.5 cups.

Assemble the Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa

This is the fun part – assembling the Instant Pot Burrito Bowl. First add rice to a bowl as your base. Serve the barbacoa over the brown rice. Garnish with pico de gallo, black beans, sliced avocado, cilantro, and lime wedges.

Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa

Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa

Ingredients

For the Barbacoa:

  • 2.5-3 lbs beef chuck roast
  • 2 T avocado oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 3 dried guajillo peppers
  • 4 chipotle chilis in Adobo sauce
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ C beef broth
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 3 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T ground cumin
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf

For the Brown Rice:

  • 1 C brown rice
  • 1 ¼ C water

For the Burrito Bowl:

  • 1 can Black beans heated
  • 1 Avocado sliced
  • Pico de gallo
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

For the Barbacoa:

  • Place dried guajillo peppers in a shallow bowl with hot water for 15 minutes to hydrate them.
  • Set your Instant Pot to saute. Drizzle avocado oil inside.
  • Cut the beef chuck roast into 3 sections and season with salt and pepper. Sear each section in the Instant Pot on all sides, about 2 minutes per side.
  • When peppers are hydrated, place them in a food processor or blender along with ½ cup of the soaking juices & seeds. Add the remaining ingredients (except the bay leaf) and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the sauce over the roast and turn to coat. Add the bay leaf. Close the lid and pressure valve. Cook on Manual High for 60 minutes, and allow a natural release.
  • Remove the beef from the pot and shred with two forks. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Return the beef to the pot and toss in the sauce.
  • Heat oven to 200 degrees. Transfer the barbacoa to an oven-safe baking dish and cover with foil to keep it warm in the oven while rice cooks. Rinse out the Instant Pot.

For the Brown Rice:

  • Place the water and brown rice in the Instant Pot.
  • Put on the lid, making sure the knob is set to sealed. Hit manual, high pressure. Set time to 22 minutes.
  • Let pressure release naturally for  about 10 minutes and then manually release the rest of the pressure.

Assemble the Burrito Bowl:

  • Add rice to a bowl. Serve the barbacoa over the brown rice. Garnish with pico de gallo, black beans, sliced avocado, cilantro, and lime wedges.

Instant Pot Burrito Bowl with Barbacoa

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