Tacos are the best. If I had to pick my favorite food of all time there would a big fight between tacos and thin crust pizza. I think tacos would come out on top because of all the different variations of tacos. I love all varieties: pulled pork, shredded chicken, ground beef, breakfast, steak.....the list goes on and on.
Back to the pork tacos. This pork is a very simple recipe and does not use a bunch of ingredients that you don't have on hand. The main flavors accompanying the pork are beer and salsa verde. Salsa verde is a delicious fresh salsa that uses tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro, and garlic with a little salt. You can make your own salsa verde for this recipe, or you can buy it jarred or from a Mexican restaurant. As for the beer, I recommend using a light beer for the pork. A darker beer will work, but may give a slightly more bitter flavor. In this recipe, I add additional garlic and spice with the salsa because I find that it makes the pork more flavorful. This is a very mild pork because my salsa was pretty mild because the kids were eating it, but you can certainly kick up the heat with a spicy salsa, or toss a jalapeno into the Instant Pot before you cook for a little more burn.
Thanks to my Instant Pot, the pork was falling apart and tender after just over an hour. There will be a bit of liquid in the pot, but I prefer this because it can soak in all the flavors and juices after the meat is shredded.
I like to serve this pork as as a taco. I top with chopped fresh cilantro, cotija cheese, sour cream, and a little lime. It is so flavorful and delicious with just the right touch of heat from the salsa. Another way to serve the pork is in a bowl. I like to use a little saffron or yellow rice, black or pinto beans, top with pork and listed taco topping and you have a delicious salsa verde pork burrito bowl. Aside from in a tortilla, that is probably my second favorite way to enjoy this pork.
In all seriousness, if you have not tried the Instant Pot yet enter the contest, and if you do not win get that sucker on your wish list. I can tell you that it is a great time saver, and the food comes out great. It does take a little practice, but don't worry because there are lots of recipes (many right here) that have done some of the troubleshooting for you!
Simple Instant Pot Pork Verde
- 3 lbs pork loin
- 16 oz salsa verde
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- ¾ cup light beer
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- salt and Pepper
- chopped cilantro, crumbled cotija cheese, and sour cream for topping
- Season the pork with salt and pepper. Set instant pot to saute and brown the pork on all sides.
- Stop the saute function on the instant pot. Add onion, garlic, salsa, beer, cumin, and chili powder. Turn the meat to coat.
- Place top on the instant pot. Cook on high pressure for 70 minutes.
- Allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, and finish with a manual release.
- Use a tongs and fork to shred the meat. Pork can be served over rice, or in tortillas as pictured with cilantro, cotija, and sour cream.
oh this is perfect timing just got my pot for christmas and I need all kinds of recipes I will start with this one!
Who doesn't love tacos? I'm sure there are some people out there ... but with recipes like this one ... they should soon convert!
I’m convinced tacos make everything better, so hopefully you’re hanging in there without a working oven! Thank god for instant pot in the winter, I’m sure it is giving you more reason to get creative with meal planning! These pork tacos are making me want to switch up my normal taco recipes, LOVE this recipe – everything looks delicious!
I have still to try cooking pork in my instant pot. This looks so delicious. Love how simple and easy this is. Saving for later.
I'm collecting Instant Pot recipes that are amazing for when I get my Instant Pot. This is one of those recipes. Besides we love our pork, especially in tacos. You can't go wrong -- the meat is always tasty and when you add the rest of the condiments the taco is spectacular.
I am in love with my instant pot/ I love how quickly it cooks meat that typically takes hours. This is such a great recipe for pork!
I would like to send this recipe to my son who lives 2,000 miles away. The only way to get it to him is email, specifically, gmail. Is there a way to do this. I gave him an Instant Pot for Christmas and am trying to teach him. This one he would LOVE!! Thank you.
You can send him the link and it will bring him to the recipe.