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Instant Pot Carne Asada Street Tacos

  • Author: Karen Petersen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


This is easiest way to make carne asada tacos. Your electric pressure cooker speeds up the process and keeps the meat warm until you’re ready to enjoy the tacos. 


  • 2 pounds uncooked carne asada meat
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 4 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • Freshly cooked fajita sized tortillas, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, etc


  1. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the meat and soy sauce and saute it for 5 minutes, stirring every minute. Add in the beef broth, 2 Tbsp of the lime juice, brown sugar, garlic powder, cumin and ground red pepper. 
  2. Cover your Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 10 minutes on high pressure. Once the time is up let the pot sit there for another 10 minutes (display will read L0:10). Move the valve to venting and then remove the lid. 
  3. Add in the remaining 2 Tbsp of lime juice. Add plenty of salt and pepper to taste. I like to use kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to spoon the meat into the middle of a tortilla and then top with desired taco toppings. 


I bought a package of beef at Winco that was called beef carne taco meat. Ask your butcher for suggestions if you can’t find something similar.

I buy my tortillas in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. They are uncooked tortillas that you can place on a hot pan and cook within 60 seconds. They taste amazing! I like to buy the small fajita size tortillas for these street tacos. 

Gluten free ideas: Double check your beef broth to be sure it is gluten free. Swanson’s Organic Beef Broth says gluten free and no msg right on the front of the box. Soy sauce is not typically gluten-free although Kikkoman brand makes a gluten-free soy sauce. Use the small corn tortillas.

I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. You can make this recipe in your 3 quart mini by following the instructions above and cooking for 12 minutes instead of 10. If you want you can make this recipe in an 8 quart pot but you’ll need a little more broth to bring the pot to pressure. 

Get the SLOW COOKER version of the recipe here

  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Instant Pot