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Korean Beef Tacos in a row.

Instant Pot Korean Beef Tacos

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Food truck fusion-style tacos, straight outta the Instant Pot! Flavorful garlic and ginger beef gets tucked into flour tortillas with kimchi, cilantro, peanuts, and spicy mayo. Oooo-ee!


Units Scale

For the Korean Beef:

  • 1 14ounce can pears, drained (fresh pears work, too)
  • 1 two-inch knob of fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 lbs. top sirloin (see notes)
For the Tacos:
  • chopped cilantro
  • chopped peanuts
  • kimchi !!!! or slaw of some sort
  • sriracha mayo or yum yum sauce
  • flour tortillas


  1. Make the sauce: Pulse pears, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and brown sugar until mostly smooth. Reserve half for later use (see notes).
  2. Cook the meat: Trim any fat off the meat and cut into a few large chunks (it will shred, but cutting the meat helps it cook faster). Place in an Instant Pot and cover with half of the sauce. Cook on high pressure (manual) for 45 minutes. Release steam and shred the meat in the Instant Pot with two forks.
  3. Tacos: Fill each tortilla with beef, cilantro, peanuts, kimchi, and spicy mayo. Oh.My.Gosh. It’s so good.


Slow Cooker: If you want to make this in the slow cooker, follow the same directions but cook the meat on high for 3-5 hours, or low for 6-8 hours.

Stovetop: If you want to make this on the stovetop, I recommend slicing the meat thinly and following these directions for super quick and yummy beef.

Cuts of Meat: Chuck roast can work, but I found that even with some trimming, it still had too much fat for my liking. Top sirloin is a little more spendy, but I love it in this recipe because there is less fat to work around and you really just get the awesomeness of the beef.

Marinating: If you have time to marinate the meat, DO IT. It really enhances the flavor of the meat to let it all kinda hang out together with the sauce for a while. If you don’t have time, no biggie. I usually don’t have time either, and I’d still give it 5/5 for flavor.

As written, you’ll have double the sauce you need! So save the remaining sauce (fridge or freezer) for a super fast and easy Round Two of your Korean Beef Tacos. LUCKYYYY.

Freezer Meal Version

  1. Blend into a sauce:
    1 15-ounce can pears, drained (or 2 fresh pears, cored)
    a 2-inch knob of ginger
    4 cloves garlic
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1 tablespoon sesame oil
  2. Freeze sauce with:
    2 lbs beef chuck or top sirloin, cut into 4 pieces
  3. Instant Pot Instructions: For beef chuck: From frozen, 65 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes nature release. For top sirloin: From frozen, 45 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes nature release.
  4. Slow Cooker Instructions: High setting 6 hours (thaw first)
  5. Final Step: Serve in rice bowls or fusion-style burritos or tacos with kimchi, rice, slaw, spicy mayo, etc.
  6. Check out our full freezer meal posts with all recipes and instructions here!
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Korean-Inspired

Keywords: korean tacos, korean beef tacos, beef tacos