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Easy Carne Asada in the Instant Pot

Making Carne Asada is easy when you use an Instant Pot.  This recipe uses all-natural ingredients to boost the flavor of flank steak resulting in tender meat that is great in Mexican dishes, especially nachos.

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Carne asada is a popular Mexican dish.  Carne is the Mexican word for “meat” and asada means “roast.”  Most people understand carne asada to mean “grilled meat.”

This carne asada recipe is made using flank steak, a very lean cut of beef.  That means that it does not have a lot of fat which typically helps keep cooked meats nice and juicy.  By using the Instant Pot, this carne asada should retain more of its moisture as opposed to that cooked over an open flame.

How To Make Carne Asada in the Instant Pot

For this delicious beef recipe, you need the following ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 small jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 Tablespoons avocado oil, divided
  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth

To make it, you start by making a simple marinade by combining lime juice, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, cumin, jalapenos, garlic cilantro, and 2 tablespoons avocado oil. Spread the mixture on all sides of the beef and refrigerate it covered for at least 1 hour or overnight if time allows.

When you are ready to make it, press the Saute button on Instant Pot. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and then sear the meat for 4-5 minutes on each side. Add the beef broth and lock the lid.

Next, press the Meat button and cook for the default time of 35 minutes. When the timer beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes. Quick-release any additional pressure until the float valve drops and then unlock the lid.

Remove the meat to a serving platter. Thinly slice and serve.

Carne asada is great as a taco filling or as the primary protein for nachos.

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Carne Asada Nachos from The “I Love My Instant Pot” Recipe Book

Making Carne Asada is easy when you use an Instant Pot.  This recipe uses all-natural ingredients to boost the flavor of flank steak resulting in tender meat that is great in Mexican dishes, especially nachos.  
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword carne asada, Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 386kcal
Author Lynda

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 small jalapenos seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 Tablespoons avocado oil divided
  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine lime juice, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, cumin, jalapenos, garlic cilantro, and 2 tablespoons avocado oil. Spread mixture on all sides of the beef. Refrigerate covered for at least 1 hour or overnight if time allows.
  • Press the Saute button on Instant Pot. Heat 1 tablespoon oil. Sear meat 4-5 minutes on each side. Add beef broth. Lock lid.
  • Press the Meat button and cook for the default time of 35 minutes. When the timer beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes. Quick-release any additional pressure until the float valve drops and then unlock lid.
  • Remove the meat to a serving platter. Thinly slice and serve.

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Notes

Excerpted from The I Love My Instant Pot© Recipe Book: From Trail Mix Oatmeal to Mongolian Beef BBQ, 175 Easy and Delicious Recipes by Michelle Fagone (CavegirlCuisine.com). Used by permission of the publisher, Adams Media, a division of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.
***1/6 of this recipe is approximately 10 Weight Watchers points (based on calculations made using the calculator at https://www.calculator.net/weight-watchers-points-calculator.html).

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 | Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 310mg | Sugar: 7g

Cooking food with a pressure cooker is not a new phenomenon.  It could be said that the history of pressure cookers dates back to 1679 when French physicist Denis Papin invented a “steam digester” in an attempt to reduce the cooking time of food. His invention used steam pressure to raise the water’s boiling point which cooks food more quickly.

Over time, pressure cookers evolved to become efficient devices used in home kitchens.  Today’s version – the Instant Pot – has made cooking with pressure not only quick and easy but much safer than in years past.

I put off getting a pressure cooker because of the horror stories of older models exploding.  But after hearing from a good friend about how incredible the Instant Pot is, I decided it was time to join the Instant Pot craze.  Once I got my new kitchen appliance, I was still clueless on how to use it. The included recipe booklet left much to be desired.

However, that has all changed since the day I was sent The I Love My Instant Pot© Recipe Book: From Trail Mix Oatmeal to Mongolian Beef BBQ, 175 Easy and Delicious Recipes by Michelle Fagone.

The "I Love My Instant Pot" Recipe Book

I love that this is a real, no-nonsense book. It starts out with a short introduction that explains why you should cook with an Instant Pot. No other appliance can stand up to the multi-tasking duties of a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, and saute pan and also can make yogurt, bake cakes, cook soups, and more.

Michelle then goes on to explain the different settings on Instant Pots, the different cooking methods, Instant Pot accessories, and how to clean your Instant Pot.  Then she jumps to the meat of the matter – the recipes.

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Below are the recipes sections and a sampling of the recipes you will find in The I Love My Instant Pot© Recipe Book:

  • Breakfast:  Southern Cheesy Grits, Banana Nut Oatmeal, and Strawberry Cream-Filled French Toast Casserole
  • Soups:  Spicy Chicken Chili, Thai Coconut Carrot Soup, and Creole Gumbo
  • Beans, Rice, and Grains:  Spanish Rice, Creamy Chicken and Broccoli over Rice, and Boston Baked Beans
  • Appetizers:  Sticky Honey Chicken Wings, Savoy Cabbage Rolls, and Salsa Verde
  • Side Dishes:  Maple Dill Carrots, Garlic and Chive Home Fries, and Chow-Chow Relish
  • Chicken Main Dishes:  Herbed Chicken in Lemon Sauce, Chicken alla Diavola, and Bourbon Barbecue Chicken
  • Beef and Pork Main Dishes:  Hawaiian Pulled Pork, Mama’s Meatballs, and Mongolia Beef BBQ
  • Seafood and Fish Main Dishes:  Pistachio-Crusted Halibut, Low-Country Boil, and Steamed Crab Legs
  • Vegetarian Main Dishes:  Taco Salad, Mushroom Risotto, and Penne with Mushroom-Tomato Sauce
  • Desserts:  Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake, White Chocolate Pots de Creme, and Nutty Brownie Cake

Black Bean DipBlack Bean Dip

I have made several of Michelle’s recipes, all of which had good results.  Before getting The I Love My Instant Pot© Recipe Book: From Trail Mix Oatmeal to Mongolian Beef BBQ, 175 Easy and Delicious Recipes, I had no idea of how to use the saute function and didn’t know that I could use it to make desserts.  I am looking forward to putting it to good use this summer – it should help keep the heat in the kitchen down compared to using my oven.

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Why not try one of Michelle’s recipes like her Carne Asada Nacho recipe?  I hope you enjoy it!

In addition to being the author of The “I Love My Instant Pot” Recipe Book, Michelle Fagone is also the brain behind the blog CaveGirlCuisine.com.  It’s no wonder, then, that many of the recipes in the book are gluten-free and Paleo-friendly.  Look for The I Love My Instant Pot© Recipe Book: From Trail Mix Oatmeal to Mongolian Beef BBQ, 175 Easy and Delicious Recipes at your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.


Prefer to use your slow cooker/CrockPot?  Check out the recipe for Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef.  Happy eating!

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Bob

Saturday 16th of January 2021

Mexican isn’t a language. So “carne” is actually the Spanish word for meat.

Carol

Friday 18th of December 2020

Do you add the marinade to the pot also? I just scooped out the food part to add to the pot and left the liquid out. Wasn't sure what to do. Mine is cooking now so will let you know how it turned out

AA

Friday 4th of December 2020

The name literally means grilled meat, so no, not carne asada.

Mexican

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

That sounds disgusting, stop calling Mexican food to anything you add cumin to, cumin is barely used in Mexican cuisine, carne asada and rice??? What!? No, that so wrongs who does that?? Carne asada is just grilled meat not his, also jalapeño? Of all the kinds of Chiles, jalapeño? You can make a way better salsa with some dried chilies also no cumin in the salsa. Lastly did you know that in Mexico they don't sell enchilada sauce nor taco seasoning?

Gringo Joe

Saturday 20th of February 2021

@Tracey A Ross,

American food is literally a blend of every other cultures. Things we think are American like Pot roast and mashed potatoes are downright boring compared to Mexican, Indian or Thai food. At least the French know how to add other flavors beside salt.

AA

Friday 4th of December 2020

@Tracey A Ross, you must have the worst since of taste

Tracey A Ross

Friday 4th of December 2020

@Mexican, Get over yourself. American Food Is The Greatest!!

KATHRYN JOYNER

Thursday 25th of June 2020

A question? Do you have to use Avacado Oil? Can you use Olive oil as a substitute?

Lynda

Friday 26th of June 2020

I imagine that should be fine. Here is an article that compares the two: https://health.usnews.com/wellness/food/articles/avocado-oil-vs-olive-oil-what-is-the-difference