Are you craving badly for some Mexican food but you don’t feel like leaving the house? Don’t worry!
With this fabulous Instant Pot Beef Fajitas recipe, you’ll have the best & freshest Mexican cuisine right in your kitchen.
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Why This Recipe Works
This steak fajita recipe is all about melted Cheddar cheese, salsa, guacamole, and yummy beef cooked with Mexican spices - just like in the restaurant. What’s even more appealing is that you don’t have to do the heavy lifting; the Instant Pot will do all the work and you can layback and enjoy a beautiful Sunday afternoon with the family.
Still, if you feel a bit inexperienced in cooking Mexican delights, I have a few tips and tricks that can help along the way.
Oh and if you like this dish and want to diversify, try these Instant Pot chicken tacos or even the Instant Pot chicken fajitas. Which is quite the same but... with chicken.
Beef - high in protein, cow's meat is used to make steak fajitas. Beef is the most widely-eaten kind of meat worldwide. Due to its fat content, it is always suggested to eat in moderation
Bell peppers - are cultivars of capsicum having different colors such as yellow and orange. They have a mild sweet taste. Being a good source of vitamin C, bell peppers are known to have antioxidant properties.
Onion - used in the base of most of the recipes, onions add to the overall taste and texture of the dish.
Garlic - chopped garlic adds a mild flavor to the beef fajitas
How to make
Pour some canola oil into the instant pot and add sliced onion
Put some chopped garlic
Add bell peppers
Put beef steak
Add chopped jalapeno. If you don't have, you can skip it or use one of these jalapeno substitutes.
Add some cumin powder
Add smoked paprika. You can use regular paprika instead.
Add chili powder and mix
Pour beef stock
Cook at high pressure for 8 minutes, quick release the pressure
Dish out and serve.
How to Serve
Once the meat is cooked, it is ready to be served. Make sure to use a slotted spoon so, when you pick up the mixture, any liquid will drain off. Otherwise, you’ll end up with soggy tortillas, which will fall apart before you get to pick them up.
Add the mixture to the tortillas, but try not to over-fill them.
You can also take corn or flour tortillas and make Air Fryer Tostadas.
Just like the Instant Pot Carne Asada recipe, feel free to add your favorite toppings available (sour cream, guacamole, cheese, sliced avocado, and so on) so everyone can mix and match.
You can add chiles en vinagre (pickled chilies) for a spicy kick.
You can even make this Instant Pot salsa and serve it together.
Which beef stock to use?
For this recipe, I'm using canned beef stock. If you have time and you and something healthier, you can make the beef stock yourself using this recipe from Chef's Mandala.
What can I use instead of beef stock?
Beef stock is the best choice for this recipe. But if for some reason you don't have any, you can use homemade chicken stock or ¼ cup of beer or water instead.
Can I use frozen vegetables?
Yes. as long as they are pre-sliced.
Can I use frozen beef?
Yes, you can use frozen steak strips.
In this case, cook the beef for 11 minutes instead of 8.
How to prevent the vegetables from being soggy?
As you can see in the images, the bell peppers turn out great. If for any reason you get soggy veggies, you can:
- Cut them into bigger pieces.
- Use frozen ones.
- Take them out after the saute step.
How long can I keep it on the fridge?
Up to 3 days.
Instant Pot Beef Recipes
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Instant Pot Beef Fajitas
- 1 lb Beefsteak sliced
- ¼ cup beef stock
- 2 bell peppers sliced
- 1 onion sliced
- 2 tablespoon garlic minced
- 1 jalapeño minced
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- Press "saute" and add canola oil to the Instant Pot.
- Add onion and saute for 2 minutes.
- Add garlic and bell peppers and saute for 2 more minutes.
- Add beef slices, jalapenos, and spices, and cook everything until the onion and the beef are browned.
- Pour beef stock and close the lid.
- Cook at high pressure for about 8 minutes
- When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
- Open the lid and mix a bit.
- Start filling your fajitas with the beef mixture, cheese, salsa and guacamole.
- You can add any other seasonings or flavors to the fajitas which you like.
- To make it more kids friendly you can also wrap it into a tortilla bread and enjoy it.
15 thoughts on “Instant Pot Beef Fajitas”
What beef do you use
You can use any steak. Skirt steak or flank steak are good cuts for fajitas.
Tried this today, so yummy. Thank you for the recipe.
You're very welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Awesome! I took a lot of liberties with ingredients but your overall "instapot" cooking for fajitas works great. I used Happy Belly Fajita seasoning with the onions and peppers and added a couple teaspoons of garlic. Once soft, I removed them as we prefer veggies a bit less cooked. I deglazed the pot leaving a few onion pieces for flavor, added beef broth and a pack of taco seasoning with the beef and mixed well. Then did pressure cook for 8 minutes. Really good fajitas. Thanks for the recipe!
Sounds delicious! I'm always happy when people adapt my recipes to their liking and have fun with it!
I made this recipe. I didn't cook it as long as the 8 minutes, I went for 6 and it was perfect. Loved how quick and easy it was to cook. The prep time took longer than the cook time! This is a keeper recipe. Thanks for sharing!
I might try this again, but just put the meat in the Instant Pot. The onions and peppers were overdone.
Yes you can remove them after the saute step or just cut them into bigger pieces.
The meat turned out very tender but the onions and peppers were way over cooked for my taste. I will definitely try again except, I will cook the meat first then add the onions and peppers and sauté them together. Just a thought.
I would try cutting them into bigger pieces next time. Let me know how it turns out...
Holy smokes this was good! We are new instapot owners. Not only was this super easy, but quick and delicious. No leftovers here!
Thank you so much Darsha! This is one of my favorite recipes as well 🙂
On the first step. Thanks for letting me know it was missing, I just added it :]
Huh? A 1/4 cup of beef stock “sliced???”