Instant Pot® Pork Chili Verde – Instantly Delicious

Pressure Cooker Pork Chili Verde is a cheaters carnitas – one of my favorite foods.  The pork is tender, yet crispy and full of amazing flavor.  Perfect on a taco or salad or even served over rice. Making this in the Instant Pot® means you can have slow-braised pork in about an hour.

Today was a pretty hectic day. I had to take a sick cat to the vet, with a toddler in tow. Monday is my grocery and errands day, so while I was waiting to pick up my cat, I went to three grocery stores (don’t ask). By the time I got home, all I wanted to do was order in and watch hours of HGTV, but since I just went to three stores and had a fridge full of food, I decided to be an adult and make dinner.  My choices were a pork shoulder, whole chicken, and some random frozen items. I used to panic on evenings like these, because any of these options need hours of prep and cooking. Tonight the ​Instant Pot® pressure cooker came to the rescue.  I grabbed the pork shoulder, some spices, and a jar of salsa. 90 minutes later, dinner was on the table.
Pressure Cooker Pork Chili Verde
Serves 4

2 lbs. pork shoulder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 cups salsa verde
1/2 cup water

1. Combine spices in and rub on both sides of pork shoulder.

2. Add olive oil to the inner pot and set Instant Pot ® to saute.  When oil shimmers, add the pork butt and brown for 3 minutes a side. Once browned, cover in salsa verde and water.

3. Set Instant Pot ® to meat/stew and adjust the time for 55 minutes, making sure the steam release handle is set to sealing.  Once complete, let the steam vent naturally. This could take 10-20 minutes.  Take two forks and shred the meat, being careful to remove as much fat as possible.  

4. Line a sheet pan with foil. Place shredded pork shoulder on the pan and broil on high for 4 minutes.  Turn the meat over and broil for another 4 minutes. 

5. In order to reduce the sauce, it is important to remove as much fat as possible.  I like this method, but feel free to use your favorite.  Once most of the fat is removed, return the sauce to your pot and set it to saute.  Reduce for 5 minutes and the pour on top of your shredded meat.  Serve with tortillas or over rice.



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