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Instant Pot Shredded Stew Meat Tacos

Instant Pot Shredded Stew Meat Tacos is a great way to use stew meat. The beef is tender with great flavor. It makes delicious tacos.


We bought a part cow a few years ago and got stew meat. I decided I needed to come up with recipes using stew meat besides just stew. I have done Beef Stroganoff and Chile Colorado Burritos using stew meat and soon I’ll be posting a recipe for Beef & Broccoli.

Stew meat can be tough. But if cooked properly it can be used in lots of dishes. The ground beef in The Hardworking Husband’s Chili can be swapped out with stew meat. I’d just cut the pieces a little smaller. 

Stew meat needs to be cooked a while to make it tender. Otherwise, it can be really chewy. Lately, I’ve been popping it in the instant pot to help it along.  Stew meat can be cooked in the slow cooker all day or in the instant pot for about 25 minutes. 

Beef stew meat is a cut that is often overlooked.  We often only think of making stew with stew meat. But it is a very versatile meat. It can replace ground beef quite often.  You just need to know how to cook it to make it not chewy. 

Most often stew meat is from the chuck or round cut of the cow. If you have a choice and the price doesn’t matter, choose stew meat from the chuck cut. The chuck cut comes from the front end of the cow. The front end does more of the work and has more ligaments and muscle tissue. For stewing (cooking it a long time) the meat, it makes for tasty meat. 

Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Shredded Stew Meat Tacos

Instant Pot Shredded Stew Meat Tacos

Instant Pot Shredded Stew Meat Tacos is a great way to use stew meat. The beef is tender with great flavor. It makes delicious tacos.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes


  • 1 lb beef stew meat
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning (or 1 packet), divided
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • Tortillas
  • Your favorite taco toppings
  • Salsa
  • Hot sauce


  1. Add olive oil to instant pot. Turn on saute setting.
  2. Add stew meat to instant pot. Brown meat.
  3. Once it has browned add beef broth and half the taco seasoning.
  4. Set instant pot to cook for 23 minutes.
  5. Allow to release naturally for 10 minutes and then quick release.
  6. Remove meat from instant pot leaving broth and shred. I use my Kitchenaid mixer with paddle attachment to shred the meat.
  7. Place meat back in instant pot and turn on to saute.
  8. Add remaining taco seasoning.
  9. Cook until most of the juice is gone.
  10. Assemble tacos to your liking.
  11. Enjoy.

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Monday 15th of April 2024

[…] is pretty versatile. You can use it lots of different dishes. Some ideas are Beef & Broccoli, Tacos, Stroganoff, and Chile Colorado […]


Saturday 14th of May 2022

Have you tried doing this without searing 1st and cooking from frozen??

Jamie H

Sunday 15th of May 2022

I haven’t but it’s worth a try.

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Thursday 4th of February 2021

If I double this recipe, would I use the same cook time?

Kerry C

Friday 5th of February 2021

Hi Kaitlynn, I'm so glad you asked. Yes, if you double it, the cook time is the same.


Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Was very good, simple, and quick!

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