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Easy Instant Pot Brisket Tacos

  • Author: Jessica
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 75 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x


Brisket is one of my all time favorite things to eat! When cooked properly, brisket should be tender and full of flavor and can be enjoyed alone, on a BBQ brisket sandwich, or my favorite way…on a brisket taco! These easy Instant Pot Brisket Tacos are so easy to make and are full of flavor! Add some cheese and my favorite quick pickled red onions, and they are to die for!



For the Brisket:

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 34 lb. flat cut brisket
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

For the Quick Pickled Red Onions:

  • 1 medium red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt


For the Brisket:

  • Start by mixing the first 6 ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  • Trim extra fat from brisket and cut into 3 pieces.
  • Season the 3 pieces with salt and pepper.
  • Set your Instant Pot to saute and add 2 tbsp. of olive oil.
  • Once the oil is heated, brown each piece of brisket on all sides, then turn your Instant Pot off.
  • Add the sauce that you mixed together in the first step to the Instant Pot.
  • Place the brisket pieces on top of the sauce mixture.
  • Place the lid on your Instant Pot and lock the seal in place.
  • Set your IP to manual and cook for 60 minutes. If there is no “manual” button, choose high pressure.
  • Once the cook time has finished, allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes.
  • Manually release the remaining pressure and remove the lid away from your face.
  • Remove the brisket pieces and either shred them or cut them into pieces.

For the Quick Pickled Red Onions:

  • Mix the apple cider vinegar, sugar and kosher salt together in a Mason jar or bowl.
  • Add the sliced red onion.
  • Place the lid on the Mason jar and seal tightly.
  • Store in refrigerator for at least one hour before using.
  • Refrigerate after opening.

Keywords: brisket, brisket tacos, Instant Pot, pressure cooker