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Lamb Shank Tacos


lamb shank taco with sour cream, jalapenos, and cheese

Lamb Shank Tacos

Using an unexpected cut of lamb for these amazing tacos adds an entirely new level of flavor!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4


  • Instant Pot
  • Large tongs
  • Forks for shredding


  • 2 lbs Lamb Shanks
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 1 T. cumin
  • 1 T. chopped garlic
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • cooking spray (or spray oil) to coat the Instant Pot
  • tortillas
  • taco add-ons such as cilantro, cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, etc.


  • Lay out the lamb shanks to take the "chill" off, and then assemble the rest of the ingredients
    Lamb Shank Tacos, Lamb Shank Tacos
  • Spray the liner of the Instant Pot with cooking spray or spray oil, and then select the "saute" button to heat the pot
  • Add the lamb shanks to brown the outside, turning frequently to prevent them from burning
  • Pour in the tomato juice, and then sprinkle the seasonings on the lamb
    lamb shanks in InstantPot, with garlic, chili powder, cumin and tomato juice
  • Seal the InstantPot, and then press "cancel" to stop the saute. Select the "meat" function, and set the timer to 45 minutes.
  • When the timer goes off, allow pressure to release for 10-15 minutes naturally, and then "Quick Release."
  • Using large tongs, carefully remove the lamb shanks to a plate
    cooked lamb shanks with seasoning
  • With the forks, pick as much meat from the shanks as possible, taking the opportunity to remove some of the fat if desired
  • Add the picked meat back into the InstantPot, and stir to combine all the flavors
  • In a dry pan, heat a tortilla until it gets a little brown and very pliable.
  • Remove to a plate, and then assemble your taco as you like
    lamb shank taco with sour cream, jalapenos, and cheese
  • Enjoy with the sides of your choice. I served mine with black beans, skillet fried bell peppers, and plantains.
    lamb shank tacos with black beans, peppers, and plantains

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