This is a GREAT beginner Instant Pot Recipe! Tender chunks of pork in a delicious flavorful green Chili Verde Sauce serve over rice, as a soup, a sauce, or as the main course for burritos, tacos, and enchiladas… this Instant Pot Easy Chili Verde is perfect!
We have a small Mexican restaurant here in our little hometown and they serve the most wonderful Chili Verde sauce over many of their dishes, and if they don’t I request it. (Cause I know a good thing when I taste it…and I’m “that” customer!)
It’s my favorite and it’s SO good! I had to try my hand at recreating my own version. Let’s just say…someone at this Nest is a very Happy Camper…and it’s not just the cook!
You can make this with chicken…but true Chili Verde is made with tender chunks of pork! The flavor from that pork roast is what it’s all about! A boneless pork shoulder roast works best…but, I used a regular bone-in pork shoulder roast and cut the meat off the bone. (I saved the bone to make a big ol’ pot of soup on another day! A good cook doesn’t waste food! Just ask my buddy Gordon Ramsey!)
This is such an incredibly easy dish it’s sure to become a regular on your menu rotation. The flavors are rich and warm…they’ll have you lapping up every last drop! (Yep! It’s THAT good!)
Begin with 4 -5 pounds of boneless pork shoulder roast. (Remember you can use a bone in pork shoulder roast. They are generally less expensive and on often on sale. You can carefully cut the meat off the bone)
Season with Salt and Pepper on all sides of the roast. Cut the roast into 1 inch pieces. I used my beautiful Zulay Kitchen Knife to cut this pork roast into cubes! It was like slicing butter! I kid you not! You can find the link to the knife in my recipe card below! I highly recommend this amazing kitchen knife!
TIP: You may want to remove the excess fat…I did not. The reason? FAT equals flavor! I say this all the time! It’s why we love bacon and steaks with marbling! They are so much more tender and flavorful thanks to my personal friend “fat”!!! (We’ve been life long buddies!).
Add 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil to the bottom of your Instant Pot and set for saute! (Yep we’re gonna brown up those 1 inch cubes of pork for a minute or two!)
Cook the pork pieces until brown, but not cooked through. This will allow the juices to be seared into the pork and release the fat to add flavor to the Chili Verde. It’s a win-win!! Plus the brown bits look so pretty in this dish!
Turn the Instant Pot off and add 1 can (20 oz.) Green enchilada sauce, 1 Cup Salsa Verde, 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chile peppers, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 2 teaspoons cumin. (Gotta have that beautiful warm flavorful of cumin…Howdy!)
Give it a good stir to be sure everything blends together before cooking…but wait…there’s one more ingredient we need to add…
Chopped dried onion flakes! You can use fresh onions…I wanted quick and easy! (…and I didn’t want to mess with the whole crying thing while chopping onions!)
Place the lid on the Instant Pot and select “meat/stew” button, normal temperature, and adjust the time to 80 minutes. Be sure the Valve is set to “seal”! Note…You can do 50 minutes…but I wanted the flavors to steep together longer. I really recommend the 80 minutes!
Allow the pot to slow release for 20-30 minutes, then quick release remaining steam until valve pops down and the lid releases. Tip the lid away from you when removing so you don’t burn yourself.
If you’ve cooked the pork with the fat on the roast, the pieces of remaining fat may float up to the top and be easily skimmed off.
The meat is extra tender (Thanks to the magic of steam cooking and that amazing fat!) and the Verde sauce is loaded…and I do mean LOADED with the rich warm flavors traditional to Chili Verde.
Also, this is “one of those” dishes that becomes more flavorful over time! It’s outstanding in the flavor department!
Give the meat a little push around the pot with a potato masher, or fork, to break up some, not all, of the pork chunks.
While the pork is cooking in the instant pot…it’s the perfect time to mix up a batch of Fresh Pico De Gallo and Fresh Homemade Guacamole. I’m sharing my recipe for Pico de Gallo below!
Everything in this Pico is fresh. From the garden tomatoes to the cilantro! This recipe has 5 fresh ingredients with a little garlic salt and coarse black pepper to taste.
Begin by washing your veggies! You’ll need one large garden ripe tomato, 1/4 a large white onion, 1/2 a fresh jalapeno pepper, 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro, and a fresh lime. This will make enough Pico for 2-3 people. So I’d double the recipe if you are feeding more than that.
Chop fresh tomato into pieces removing the seed pulp. The secret to this amazing Pico is garden fresh tomatoes. I know you can’t always find them year round…but if you can, by all means, use them in this recipe. There is no flavor like a garden ripe tomato!
Mince 1/4 to 1/2 of a fresh jalapeno (you decide for yourself if you want a 4 alarm fire in your mouth…) , add 1/4 cups chopped white or red onion, and 1 – 2 Tablespoons finely chopped cilantro. Add garlic salt and coarse black pepper to taste.
Roll 1 lime, on a hard surface,(try not to have it shoot across the room and knock over your Dr Pepper…it may have happened…) this will release as much juice as possible inside the lime before cutting. Squeeze half a lime into the pico mixture. This will add flavor, but it will also keep all those garden veggies nice and fresh!
Stir with a spoon and mix until combined. The colors are a Fiesta by themselves! Such rich vibrant colors. Let’s Party!!! Cover and chill until ready to serve.
There are several different ways you can serve this Instant Pot Easy Chili Verde. The first is as soup in a bowl topped with grated cheese, a scoop of Pico, guacamole, and sour cream. The flavors all combine to create on of the most flavor filled dishes ever! You can serve it over steamed rice! So good!!
Seriously…look at this one spoonful! There are so many amazing flavors happening in just this one spoonful! The tender melt-in-your-mouth pork, the chili Verde sauce, homemade creamy guacamole, the fresh Pico…what is not to love?!!! I know what you’re thinking…”Get in my belly!!!” I know! Right!!
You can also drain a little of the Verde sauce off from the meat (save it though!) and make a burrito bar! Roast up a bunch of flour tortilla over an open flame, stack ’em up, add the Pico and guacamole and have at it! Such a fun party food idea! One that your guests are sure to love!
Make sure you have a LOT of napkins on hand cause life is gonna get messy in a good way!
The third option for this amazing Pork Chili Verde is to use it as a “sauce” to smother burritos, enchiladas, or in casseroles. You can freeze it in containers and pull it out when you need a little extra “zip” for special Mexican dishes.
However you choose to serve this amazing Instant Pot dish you’re sure to fall in LOVE with it! I know we are in love here at this Nest! Mr. Nest couldn’t stop raving about the deep delicious explosion of flavors in this recipe!
I hope you’ll give this recipe a try. It’s the perfect “newbie” Instant Pot recipe…so break those Instant Pots out of their boxes and get cooking! You’re gonna thank me!
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