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Nicaragua Shredded Beef Recipe

This recipe is inspired by cooks and homemakers in Nicaragua, and the shredded beef is tender and delicious.

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins



  • 3 tbsp. of oil, olive
  • 1 cut onion – 1/2 of onion sliced lengthways and 1/2 sliced in
    large wedges
  • 1 pepper, red – 1/2 of pepper sliced lengthways and 1/2 sliced in
    large wedges
  • 1/2 sliced lengthways green pepper
  • 2 sliced lengthways tomatoes, medium
  • 2 lbs. cut in three pieces flank steak
  • 1/2 bitter orange, juice only
  • 2 1/2 cups of stock, beef
  • Salt, kosher and pepper, ground, as desired
  • 1/4 cup ketchup, low sodium
  • 1 tbsp. mustard, yellow
  • 1/2 tbsp. achiote – dilute in a bit of broth
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, reduced sodium
  • 2 garlic cloves


  1. Season flank steak as desired. Place all three steak pieces in inner liner of Instant Pot.
  2. Add large wedges of onion, large wedges of green pepper, whole garlic and beef stock.
  3. Place lid on your Instant Pot. Turn Steam Release valve to the Sealing setting. Cook on Manual setting for 12-15 minutes.
  4. Remove lid carefully. Remove steak from broth.
  5. Reserve broth in separate container.
  6. Allow beef to rest for several minutes. Shred it.
  7. Return inner liner to Instant Pot. Click on Sauté setting.
  8. Add oil. Wait till panel in front reads Hot.
  9. Once Instant Pot has beeped, add lengthways sliced onions, tomatoes and Cook for three to five minutes, till barely tender.
  10. Add shredded beef back to inner liner. Mix vegetables and beef.
    Add one or two cups of the reserved broth to beef.
  11. Add diluted achiote, mustard, ketchup, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Season as desired.
  12. Sauté for three to five minutes more. If sauce seems dry, you can add a little more of the reserved stock

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