Instant Pot Beef Drip

This Instant Pot Beef Drip is packed with flavor and a surprisingly easy dish that can be used in so many different ways. All you need is 5 ingredients you likely already have on hand.

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This Instant Pot Drip Beef makes an amazing ingredient for everything from sandwiches to nachos! It's easy to make, only requires a few ingredients, and is always a crowd-pleaser. We also love this version of Pepperoncini Beef made in slow cooker.

This Drip Beef recipe was actually one of the very first things I made when I got my first Instant Pot, and it is what helped me fall in love with Instant Pot cooking. Why? It is effortless to make and it is bursting with amazing flavor.

Since then, I’ve gone on to make more than a hundred different Instant Pot recipes, but no matter how much I explore what my Instant Pot can do, I always find myself returning to this Instant Pot Drip Beef recipe. It has so much flavor, is a family favorite, and the leftovers have so many different uses. 

What Goes in Instant Pot Drip Beef?

Drip Beef in an instant pot actually only has a few ingredients, which makes it ideal for a busy day or to take on a picnic.

It all starts with the star of the dish – a lean round roast of beef. From there, you add beef broth, an onion, peppers, and pepperoncini with the juice. The pepperoncini is where this beef gets most of its flavor. Then to round things out is some herbs like thyme, oregano, and basil all served up in some Italian seasoning

And there you have it! Incredibly easy to prepare. I’ve put a few ideas on how to serve it below.

Serving Ideas for Drip Beef

  • Sandwiches: Drip Beef is perfect as it is when put between two slices of bread or in a bun – sort of a twist on sloppy joes, but without the sauce. Melt a bit of cheese on top of the meat for a delicious melt.
  • Rice Bowl: Add your Drip Beef to a rice bowl along with your favorite veggies using the extra au jus in the pan as a sauce. You can also make it part of a unique spin on fried rice along with egg and some veggies.
  • Noodles: Pile your Drip Beef onto a stack of noodles, and add some sauteed peppers and mushrooms.
  • Tacos: Drip Beef makes an excellent base for tacos. Add beans, lettuce, cheese, peppers, and avocado for a filling and very healthy meal.
  • Bell Pepper Nachos: Possibly the easiest food ever to customize, homemade bell pepper nachos with this Drip Beef on top is amazing. Add some Monterey jack cheese, beans, and avocado for a mouthwatering nacho plate.

Au Jus

Perhaps the most popular way to have Drip Beef is in sandwich form with the juice, or au jus.

This is a French dip sandwich, which isn’t actually French at all! It’s an American invention named after the French Roll it is typically served on. I have also sometimes seen it called an Italian Dip sandwich, with all the same things in it, just a different name.

So, can you make a French Dip sandwich with the Drip Beef you’ve made in this recipe? Why, yes – yes, you can. Just ladle up some of the liquid from making the beef into a bowl for you to dip your sandwich into.

If Au Jus doesn’t appeal to you then you can still save the juices anyway. It makes a fantastic broth for soups and stews. You can even add it to ramen if you like.

How to Store and Freeze

I LOVE making a double batch of Drip Beef and putting the second batch in the freezer for another time. This has saved me from giving in and ordering in more times than I can count. It reheats in just a couple of minutes, and so long as you have bread you have yourself a simple and filling meal.

It’s great for those days when you’ve been run off your feet and the last thing you want to do is slave away in the kitchen for an hour.

Simply wait for your Drip Beef to cool, then put it in a freezer bag. Make sure to squeeze all the air out then put it in the freezer. Job done! Your beef will stay good for about 5 months before freezer burn sets in.

How to Make it in a Slow Cooker

If you have some time and you want to make this in a slow cooker instead, then you absolutely can! Just combine all of the ingredients in your slow cooker and set it to low. Let it cook for 8 hours, meaning you can leave it overnight or let it run while you’re working.

After 8 hours your beef is ready to eat.

What to Serve with Drip Beef 

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The Recipe
Instant pot drip beef on rolls with melted cheese, peppers, and a crust white roll.

Instant Pot Beef Drip

COOK TIME: 1 Hours, 10 Min
TOTAL TIME: 1 Hours, 15 Min
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  • 2 lb lean beef eye round roast
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 8 oz pepperoncini with juice, jarred
  • Salt and pepper

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Add the beef, onion, pepperoncinis, beef broth, salt, and Italian seasoning the Instant Pot (or another pressure cooker). Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Carefully vent the pressure cooker and shred the beef using two forks. For a slow cooker, cook on low for 8 hours.


Carefully vent the pressure cooker and shred the beef using two forks. For a slow cooker, cook on low for 8 hours.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2/3 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219
Calories from Fat 48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 91mg
Sodium 684mg
Total Carbohydrate 5g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 1g
Protein 36g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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This soup is delicious! It is very rich and creamy and the perfect soup to warm up with on a cold evening. Even my husband who made a face when I told him what I was making enjoyed it!
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