Pomegranate Habanero Shredded Beef Recipe (Paleo)

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Pomegranate Habanero Shredded Beef is one of my all-time favorite recipes, and it’s stupid-easy to make!

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How to Make Shredded Beef

The flavors of fall always inspire me. Roasted root vegetables, soups and stews, and slow-cooked roasts are highlights, meant to warm you up on a cold day.

Pomegranates are coming into season now, so I decided to make a beef roast with the juice – for a bit of sweetness – and balanced it out with some heat from the habanero pepper. (I get the juice with no added sugar.) I simply seared the meat then cooked it low and slow in the oven until it became fall apart tender.

Customize to how spicy you like it. If you want it hotter, leave in the seeds or use jalapeño pepper instead. Or, you can leave the pepper out completely.

This Pomegranate Habanero Shredded Beef recipe will knock your socks off with how easy and flavorful it is. Paleo & Whole30-friendly! | StupidEasyPaleo.com

Making Shredded Beef in a Slow Cooker

I used my Dutch oven, but I’m sure you could make it in the slow cooker…I just haven’t tested it yet! Be sure to use a cut of beef roast with enough fat so it turns out tender and not dry.

In December 2016, I created an Instant Pot adaptation of this Pomegranate Habanero Shredded Beef.

You can find those instructions below the original.

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Pomegranate Habanero Shredded Beef Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Beef, Crock Pot, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 481 kcal

This Pomegranate Habanero Shredded Beef recipe will knock your socks off with how easy and flavorful it is. Paleo & Whole30-friendly!

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Ingredients

  • 3 lb beef chuck roast
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 habanero pepper seeded & chopped finely*
  • 2 cups beef broth reduced sodium if possible
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Pat the roast VERY dry with paper towels and season with the salt. You want the meat to be very dry so that a nice crust will form when you sear it. Otherwise the surface will steam instead of brown.

  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, then add the ghee. (Ghee is great for searing meat because it has such a high smoke point.) Sear all sides for about 4 to 6 minutes each or until a golden brown crust forms.
  3. Turn off the heat, and add the habanero (or jalapeño), beef broth, and pomegranate juice. Put the lid on the Dutch oven and put the pot into the oven.
  4. Bake for about 3 hrs or until the meat is very tender. Shred with two forks. It’s great served over roasted sweet potatoes. Bonus points for serving with a drizzle of pomegranate reduction. To make that, pour ½ cup pomegranate juice into a small pot. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until the juice has reduced by about half and coats the back of a spoon. Just keep an eye on it because it can burn quite easily. If you’re on Whole30 I would avoid the reduction because of sugar content.

Recipe Notes

*or 1 large jalapeño pepper

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Nutrition Facts
Pomegranate Habanero Shredded Beef Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 481 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 1264mg 53%
Potassium 973mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Sugars 10g
Protein 44g 88%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Vitamin C 2.9%
Calcium 5.2%
Iron 27.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

How to Make Shredded Beef in the Instant Pot

Pomegranate Habanero Shredded Beef | stephgaudreau.com

Instant Pot Pomegranate Habanero Shredded Beef Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Beef, Gluten-Free, Instant Pot, Paleo, Whole30
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 453 kcal

Make the Instant Pot version of my Pomegranate Habanero Shredded Beef. It's gluten-free, paleo, and whole30 friendly...and it's full of flavor and ready in an hour.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp ghee or fat of choice
  • 3 lb beef chuck roast
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 habanero pepper seeded & chopped finely*
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice no sugar added
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the ghee to the bottom of the Instant Pot insert, and set it to Sauté. Heat the fat until it’s shimmering.
  2. Pat the chuck roast dry with paper towel, and sprinkle it with salt. Place the roast into the Instant Pot, and sear on each side for a few minutes until it’s nicely browned. (Alternatively, you can sear the meat in a cast iron skillet then deglaze with half the juice…then move the meat and the rest of the juice to the Instant Pot. I find the Instant Pot isn’t super great at browning meat.)
  3. Turn off the Sauté function and add the pomegranate juice and habanero pepper. Lock the lid on the Instant Pot. Press the Manual button and set the timer for 60 minutes.
  4. When the time is finished, do not quick release the steam. Let the pressure release naturally by waiting at least 15 minutes. If you quick release the steam, the meat will toughen up.
  5. Remove the roast to a large plate and shred the meat between two forks. Meanwhile, if you want to reduce the liquid, set the Instant Pot to Sauté once more. Keep the lid off. Allow the liquid to boil until it reduces by about half. Serve on top of the shredded beef. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

*Use a jalapeño pepper instead of habanero.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Pomegranate Habanero Shredded Beef Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 453 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 962mg 40%
Potassium 841mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 5g
Protein 43g 86%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Vitamin C 2.9%
Calcium 4.3%
Iron 26.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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