Beef Machaca Tacos
By :The Essential Mexican Instant Pot Cookbook by Deborah Schneider
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Quick-cooked shredded beef is sautéed with salsa and vegetables to make a succulent taco filling (known as machaca) with many uses, including a brunch platillo (see Variation). Serve on lightly crisped corn tortillas with cheese, onion, and hot sauce. I like to top the tacos with chicharrón for extra crunch and flavor.

Uno-Dos-Tres Shredded Beef And Broth ,this simple recipe yields a bounty of tender shredded meat (for tacos, machaca, enchiladas, and burritos) and a flavorful broth for use in soups or guisados. For the best flavor and color, brown the beef and vegetables well. If you can get fresh epazote , it adds an interesting herbal note.

Tomatillo-Chipotle Salsa, this all-purpose salsa gets a smoky hit from the chipotles in adobo. It comes together in minutes and can be blended right in the Instant Pot. Serve as a table salsa for dipping chips, spooning over a burrito, or as a substitute for any salsa in this book.
Votes: 6
Rating: 3.33
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Sauté
Prep Time 60 minutes
Cook Time 47 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
Beef Machaca Tacos
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic large, minced
  • 2 anaheim chiles stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
  • 1 large jalapeño chile stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 2 roma tomatoes cored, seeded, and diced
  • shredded beef from 1 recipe Uno-Dos-Tres Shredded Beef and Broth (recipe below)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/2 cup tomatillo-chipotle salsa (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup broth from Uno-Dos-Tres Shredded Beef and Broth (recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped fresh
  • 12 - 16 Corn tortillas
  • Diced red onion or thinly sliced green onions, green parts only for serving
  • chopped fresh cilantro leaves for serving
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese or grated cotija cheese for serving
  • Pico de Gallo for serving
Uno-Dos-Tres Shredded Beef And Broth
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs beef top round or stew meat untrimmed, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 lbs beef shank or beef soup bones
  • 1 large white onion cut into quarters
  • 2 roma tomatoes whole
  • 1 carrot peeled and cut crosswise into 4 pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/2 jalapeño chile stemmed and seeded
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 allspice berries
  • 1 clove whole
  • 2 sprigs epazote flat-leaf parsley (optional)
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
Tomatillo-Chopitle Salsa
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic large, peeled
  • 1 cup white onion or yellow, diced
  • 1 lb tomatillos (about 10 tomatillos), husked and roughly chopped
  • 4 roma tomatoes cored and cut into quarters
  • 1/2 Water
  • 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chipotles chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro leaves chopped fresh
Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Sauté
Prep Time 60 minutes
Cook Time 47 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
Beef Machaca Tacos
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic large, minced
  • 2 anaheim chiles stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
  • 1 large jalapeño chile stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 2 roma tomatoes cored, seeded, and diced
  • shredded beef from 1 recipe Uno-Dos-Tres Shredded Beef and Broth (recipe below)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/2 cup tomatillo-chipotle salsa (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup broth from Uno-Dos-Tres Shredded Beef and Broth (recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped fresh
  • 12 - 16 Corn tortillas
  • Diced red onion or thinly sliced green onions, green parts only for serving
  • chopped fresh cilantro leaves for serving
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese or grated cotija cheese for serving
  • Pico de Gallo for serving
Uno-Dos-Tres Shredded Beef And Broth
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs beef top round or stew meat untrimmed, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 lbs beef shank or beef soup bones
  • 1 large white onion cut into quarters
  • 2 roma tomatoes whole
  • 1 carrot peeled and cut crosswise into 4 pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/2 jalapeño chile stemmed and seeded
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 allspice berries
  • 1 clove whole
  • 2 sprigs epazote flat-leaf parsley (optional)
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
Tomatillo-Chopitle Salsa
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic large, peeled
  • 1 cup white onion or yellow, diced
  • 1 lb tomatillos (about 10 tomatillos), husked and roughly chopped
  • 4 roma tomatoes cored and cut into quarters
  • 1/2 Water
  • 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chipotles chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro leaves chopped fresh
Votes: 6
Rating: 3.33
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Instructions
Beef Machaca Tacos
  1. Press Sauté—normal/medium on the Instant Pot and heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion, garlic, Anaheim chiles, jalapeño, and tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes, until the vegetables are slightly softened. Add the shredded beef, salt, pepper, salsa, and broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes, until the mixture is dry and thick. (It should not be saucy; if it is, using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a plate, then simmer the cooking liquid until very thick. Return the beef to the pot and stir to combine.) Stir in the cilantro. Press Cancel.
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, warm the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. One at a time, add the tortillas and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until crisped and spotty brown on both sides. Transfer to a large plate.
  3. Transfer the machaca to a serving bowl. Serve with the diced onion, cilantro, Monterey Jack cheese, pico de gallo, and the tortillas for making tacos.
  4. Note- You may substitute store-bought jarred or fresh green salsa, ideally made with tomatillos, for the Tomatillo-Chipotle Salsa.

    Variation For a hearty machaca platillo, serve the machaca with Arroz Rojo, Refried Pinto Beans, and warmed flour tortillas.
Uno-Dos-Tres Shredded Beef And Broth
  1. In a heavy-bottomed large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the beef in a single layer and cook until well browned on all sides, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the beef cubes to the Instant Pot as they are done. When there is enough room in the pan, add the beef shank and cook until well browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the shank to the Instant Pot.
  2. Add the onion quarters and the tomatoes to the skillet and cook, turning only once or twice, for about 5 minutes, until soft. Transfer to the Instant Pot.
  3. Add the carrot, garlic, jalapeño, bay, peppercorns, allspice, clove, and epazote (if using) to the skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes, until the garlic is light golden brown and the spices are fragrant. Pour in 2 cups of the water and, using a wooden spoon, scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Pour the mixture into the Instant Pot. Add the remaining 4 cups water and the salt to the pot.
  5. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Press Pressure Cook, then set the cooking time for 25 minutes.
  6. When the cooking program is complete, press Cancel. Perform a quick pressure release by moving the Pressure Release to Venting. Open the pot and let cool for 1 hour.
  7. Using tongs, transfer the meat to a plate. Remove any meat from the shank and discard the bones. Set a wire-mesh strainer over a large bowl. Lift the inner pot out of the Instant Pot housing and pour the broth into the strainer. Discard the solids in the strainer.
  8. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the broth over the meat to keep it moist, then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. The broth can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
Tomatillo-Chopitle Salsa
  1. Press Sauté—normal/medium on the Instant Pot and heat the oil. Add garlic and onion and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Add the tomatillos and tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes, until barely softened. Press Cancel. Stir in the water and salt.
  2. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Press Pressure Cook, then set the cooking time for 3 minutes.
  3. When the cooking program is complete, press Cancel. Perform a quick pressure release by moving the Pressure Release to Venting.
  4. Open the pot, then add the chipotle chiles. Using an immersion blender, puree the mixture directly in the pot until almost smooth—a little texture is okay. Alternatively, transfer the mixture to a regular blender and pulse a few times. (The contents are hot, so don’t fill your blender more than half full and pulse carefully. You may need to do it in batches.) Add the cilantro and pulse a few times to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt if needed.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  6. Notes- For a more tomatoey salsa, use only 8 ounces tomatillos and increase to 6 tomatoes. Add 1/4 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano along with the garlic and onion.
5 replies
  1. Ivanopolis
    Ivanopolis says:

    Directions appear backwards. The beef should be cooked first in the Instant Pot, and then the tacos in the Pot after

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