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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Off The Shelf Shredded Beef, perfectly tender and delicious everytime!

Tender shredded beef is perfect for tacos, burritos, BBQ beef sandwiches, and dinner bowls! Make your own tender shredded beef with this easy (and adaptable) Instant Pot recipe...for Off The Shelf, Shredded Beef. 


We are beef eaters in this house! From fire-grilled steaks to simple ground beef made into many, many different recipes. But honestly, I don't always want ground beef. Especially when making a dinner bowl like the ones we get at our local organic cafe. They are quite delicious! And while I have not perfected the flavor they offer in their signature dinner bowl, I have perfected making budget-friendly shredded beef!

Stew meat is often a good buy in the marketplace. Granted it can be a bit on the tough side, and the whole reason it is stewed for a long period of time when making a Beef Stew for dinner...but there is another use for this versatile package of meat. When cooked with simple seasoning and a braising liquid you get a delicious and tender bowl of shredded beef ready for a number of uses. 


Such as Shredded Beef Tacos or Burritos. BBQ Beef Sandwiches. Shredded beef is also an excellent addition to your favorite spaghetti sauce or used in a layered dinner bowl. When making Off the Shelf Shredded Beef feel free to change up the seasonings to get the flavor you want. You certainly do not have to make TexMex flavored meat each time. Also play around with the braising liquid, because this is a very adaptable recipe and you can make it the way your own family likes it!  

For those busy days cook the day before, shred and refrigerate. Reheat quickly in a bit of the braising liquid. PS, I do not trim the meat into uniform pieces, the different sized pieces of beef will offer tender shreds of beef of varying lengths. This is literally an off-the-shelf recipe!  

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • stew beef
  • beer, beef stock, veggie stock, or water
  • granulated garlic
  • Mexican Oregano
  • Ground Cumin
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Or, any spices you prefer for the flavor you want!
You will also need the following:
  • Instant Pot or pressure cooker
  • measuring spoons
  • liquid measuring cup
  • forks or fingers for shredding
Now we are ready to begin!



Off The Shelf Shredded Beef. 
by the seat of my pants!

1 to 2 pounds of beef for stew
1 t salt
1 t granulated garlic
1/4 t pepper
1 t ground cumin
1 t Mexican Oregano
1 1/2 c beer (12 oz bottle), broth, or water



Dump the meat into the cooking pot of the pressure cooker. 

Sprinkle with the seasonings, pour the braising liquid over the top. 

Secure the lid, bring it up to pressure. Cook for 45 -50 minutes. Allow NPR for 15 minutes. 

Carefully release the pressure valve, then remove the lid. 

When cool enough to handle, remove beef from the braising liquid, and use either two forks or your hands to shred the beef. 


Storage options for Off the Shelf Shredded Beef. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, place the shredded beef in a small pan, add a bit of the braising liquid, steam to reheat. You may freeze for longer storage. I recommend adding a bit of the braising liquid to the meat before placing it in the freezer, this will make it easier to reheat when thawed. Thaw the frozen Off The Shelf Shredded Beef in the refrigerator...


UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Off The Shelf Shredded Beef has been included below. 

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Off The Shelf Shredded Beef. 
by the seat of my pants!

1 to 2 pounds of beef for stew
1 t salt
1 t granulated garlic
1/4 t pepper
1 t ground cumin
1 t Mexican Oregano
1 1/2 c beer (12 oz bottle), broth, or water

Dump the meat into the cooking pot of the pressure cooker. 

Sprinkle with the seasonings, pour the braising liquid over the top. 

Secure the lid, bring it up to pressure. Cook for 45 - 50 minutes. Allow NPR for 15 minutes. 

Carefully release the pressure valve, then remove the lid. 

When cool enough to handle, remove beef from the braising liquid, and use either two forks or your hands to shred the beef. 

Storage options for Off the Shelf Shredded Beef. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, place the shredded beef in a small pan, add a bit of the braising liquid, steam to reheat. You may freeze for longer storage. I recommend adding a bit of the braising liquid to the meat before placing it in the freezer, this will make it easier to reheat when thawed. Thaw the frozen Off The Shelf Shredded Beef in the refrigerator...

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  1. I will be giving this recipe a try very soon!

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes I need a bit more bite than ground beef offers...

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  2. We like our beef too :) this will be a great recipe to add to my list of freezer meals!

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  3. This sounds tasty -- and it's such a good idea to have a batch or two in the freezer for *those* nights.

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    1. We sure enjoyed it, and will again. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  4. Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at the what's for dinner party. Hope your week is fantastic!

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  5. This is a great idea instead of ground beef all the time. I'm sure it makes the meals so much better. Thanks for sharing the recipe. #HomeMattersParty

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  6. Hubby would like this one. Thanks so much for linking up at A Themed Linkup 94 for Crock Pot and Instant Pot Recipes. Pinned!

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