These Citrus Garlic Shredded Beef Tacos are made extra simply in the instant pot and are whole30 compliant!

This Citrus Garlic Shredded Beef is so tender and flavorful thanks to lots of orange and of course my instant pot!  If you haven’t gotten on the instant pot game, I highly recommend. It saves the day when I want that low and slow fall apart meat but am short on time… aka always.  I love making a batch of shredded beef, pork or chicken to have on hand because it is delicious in so many dishes!  I put this beef in tacos but the meat itself is whole30 compliant and great to throw on a salad, on cauliflower rice, or even on a baked sweet potato.  It is super versatile and thanks to pressure cooking, it is super tender in just an hour.

And we are starting an exciting new section of blog posts today!  My lovely intern Catherine will be sharing a fun nutrition blurb for each recipe and we hope you love it. She is a registered dietitian so trust me, she knows what she’s talking about!  Let’s get it started shall we?

Nutrition for this Citrus Garlic Shredded Beef:

When you make this recipe you are going to find that it just falls apart in your mouth!  One of the main reasons for this is from using fruit juice in the pressure cooker with the meat. Along with adding extra flavor for this recipe, the orange juice is a natural meat tenderizer.

Meat consists of muscle and connective tissues that are made up of proteins and to tenderize the amino acids need to break down. Learning Lesson: The enzymes found in fruits can speed up or catalyze the breakdown of proteins into amino acids (and add a ton of flavor) so if you are working with a tough piece of meat, freshen it up with some fruit in your marinade! Food is SCIENCE!

These Citrus Garlic Shredded Beef Tacos are made extra simply in the instant pot and are whole30 compliant!

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These Citrus Garlic Shredded Beef Tacos are made extra simply in the instant pot and are whole30 compliant!



Citrus Garlic Shredded Beef Tacos

  • Author: Kelsey


  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 pounds chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • Salt


  • In a small bowl combine cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika and salt.
  • Chop chuck roast into about 4-6 large cubes.  Rub spice mixture all over the meat.
  • Meanwhile, turn the instant pot on saute and let it get warm.  Add oil the pot then add in onion and garlic. Saute onion and garlic for about 1 minute, stirring a few times.
  • Add in beef and sear on each side for about 30 seconds a side.
  • Turn off instant pot, add in orange juice, then place the lid on and make sure the knob is on sealing.
  • Turn the instant pot on manual high pressure for 60 minutes.
  • When it is done cooking, let it naturally release pressure for 5 minutes, then turn the knob to venting to release the rest of the pressure.
  • Remove all of the meat to a baking sheet and shred it with 2 forks.  Scoop about a cup of the liquid in the instant pot over the shredded beef, then add orange zest and toss to combine.  Season with salt as needed and feel free to add more liquid if you would like!