I love these Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef Cheeks for how super easy they are, while still being packed with amazing flavors! They're a great way to cook up your beef cheeks (or brisket, or even a roast works - rump or chuck!) for the ease and convenience we all know and expect from our instant pots or pressure cookers!
2.5lbsbeef cheeks(fat trimmed, cut into 1 ½ - 2 inch chunks)
1teaspooneach, salt & pepper(or to taste)
1tablespoonolive oil(extra virgin)
¼cupcilantro(fresh, chopped - more for garnish, if desired)
1-2chipotle pepper(s) in adobo sauce(use more chipotle peppers with the adobo sauce for more heat, or use ½ teaspoon ground chipotle for less heat)
1mediumnavel orange(juice and zest - or use 2 limes)
Set your instant pot or pressure cooker to saute, add the olive oil and allow both to warm before adding your chunked beef cheeks. Add the beef cheeks once the pot has warmed, then cover with seasoning (salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, and ground cloves). Stir to coat the meat with seasoning.
Allow the beef cheek cubes to brown on all sides, then add the chopped cilantro and orange zest (you can use dried orange peel and orange juice from concentrate, or limes as a substitute) along with the chipotle pepper and adobo sauce. Stir to combine.
Add the tomato paste, orange juice, and beef broth then turn off the saute function and seal the instant pot or pressure cooker. Use the manual setting to set the time to 45 minutes.
When the cook time has ended, turn your instant pot or pressure cooker off and allow it to do a natural release (which will take 20 minutes, or more depending on how full your instant pot or pressure cooker is).
Remove the meat from the juices, place into a bowl or plate and use a pair of forks to shred the beef cheeks. Stir some more fresh cilantro in, or sprinkle over the top to serve.