Saturday, January 14, 2017

InstantPot: Big Flavor Mexican Pulled Pork

No time for a siesta.
It is time for a fiesta!!

I love Mexican food -- Mexican food that's big on flavor and easy to fix.
Regular beef tacos is a staple around here. My son knew to say "Taco Tuesday" when he was 2.
This pork dish takes Mexican dish to another whole new level.

When you make this, be prepared to have an army of family and friends because it makes A LOT.
Heck, get your whole neighborhood to your house for a party. Or plan to make tacos, quesadilla, salad, burrito.

Oh, and making it in an InstantPot --- seriously blows my mind.

Can you tell I am kinda in love with this kitchen gadget?

First, you make this flavorful rub. My advice is, get a gallon-sized Zip-Loc bag and throw these spices into the bag.

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin 
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro 
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cloves 
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tsp salt (I use sea salt) 
Mix everything together. Shake it.
Then, throw the following into the bag of spices.
  • 3 lbs (give or take) of pork (pork loin or Boston butt). Boneless will make it easier to shred. 
Now, move that hunk of a chunk of meat around in that bag, making sure it is nicely coated with all that flavorful spices. You can set it in the fridge to marinate further (I have done this on meal prep days and let it sit in the fridge for a day or two before it is "cook day.")
To cook: 
  • Throw meat into your InstantPot. 
  • Throw 1 bay leaf (if you have in your pantry)
  • Throw about 1.5 to 2 cups of water into it. 
  • Set it on Manual, High Pressure, for 60 minutes. 
  • Once done, shred it. Put shredded meat back into the pot to absorb more of the juice. 
Ok. So now, what do I do with this meat? 

Put 1 tsp of coconut oil onto skillet. Place flour tortilla on a skillet (medium to medium high heat). Put shredded pork. Top with shredded cheese. Fold it into half. Cut into halves and halves again. 

Put 1 tsp of coconut oil onto skillet. Place flour tortilla on skillet (medium to medium high heat). Put shredded pork, cheese, Mexican rice, roll it up.

Soft or hard tacos, meat, lettuce, tomatoes. 

Roll this goodness in corn tortillas and follow your favorite enchilada recipe. 

Top this goodness over a medley of vegetables. The sauce + a little guacamole or sour cream actually make quite a good dressing. Don't forget cheese. 

See, the possibilities are endless.
This will be great for a party because it is easy to make, everyone can customized it to their liking, and you get to stay on track in the clean-eating realm.
Try it and let me know. 

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