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Round plate with three instant pot short ribs tacos topped with Tropical Tequila sauce, cilantro, and fresh slaw. Recipe at

Instant Pot Short Rib Tacos with Tropical Tequila Sauce

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  • Author: Carlos Leo
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 10 tacos 1x


This recipe for Instant Pot Short Rib Tacos is incredibly easy, mainly because we’re making the most out of our pressure cooker. We’re also putting together a fabulous cucumber & celery slaw for a complete meal that’s just utterly satisfying.


Units Scale
  • 3 lbs. bone-in short ribs (1 lbs boneless)
  • 1 tablespoon Greek EVOO
  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
  • 1 jar Tropical Tequila Sauce
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper.
  2. Set the instant pot / pressure cooker to the sauté setting on high. Add the olive oil and sear the short ribs, about 2 minutes per side. Don’t overcrowd the pot or you won’t get the nice caramelization - sear in two parts.
  3. Add a ¾ of the jar of the tropical tequila sauce and water, and close the instant pot. Select the manual high-pressure function and set it to high. Set to high pressure + 50 minutes + natural release.
  4. Remove from the bones and break apart the short ribs when instant pot is completely done cooking.
  5. Serve with tortillas as tacos and top with celery, cucumber & fennel slaw.


Recipe for Celery, Cucumber & Fennel Slaw

You can serve as a main dish on top of a polenta or mashed potatoes.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant pot / Pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex
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