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Instant Pot Salsa Verde Pork

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Instant Pot Salsa Verde Pork is easy enough to prepare any night of the week, it’s loaded with flavor, and it’s healthy too. Talk about the perfect recipe! It can be used as a filling for tacos, burritos, tamales, or a topping for salads. The flavor it mild enough to blend into most recipes, but not so bland that you can’t tell what you are eating.

For even more delicious pressure cooker recipes, check out the Instant Pot Recipes page.

This Instant Pot Salsa Verde Pork is super easy to make, full of flavor, and healthy as well! © COOKING WITH CURLS

No one wants that, right? To keep things super easy, and because tomatillos are not readily available everywhere on the planet, we are using jarred salsa verde. Herdez® brand is my favorite, and I use the Mild version because I am a big wuss when it comes to spicy foods!

Instant Pot Salsa Verde Pork is a deliciously healthy dinner option any night of the week! © COOKING WITH CURLS

How to make Instant Pot Salsa Verde Pork:

Remove the bone from pork butt/shoulder…..

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and cut pork into large chunks…..

Remove the bone from the pork shoulder and cut into large chunks © COOKING WITH CURLS

The bones are different sizes in each pork butt, but run top to bottom. This is an 8 pound pork butt/shoulder that became 5 pounds of pork chunks once the bone and most of the huge fat cap on the backside were removed.

Sprinkle with cumin and cayenne pepper, rub to thoroughly coat.

Pour about 1 cup of salsa verde into the liner of your pressure cooker…..

Pour 1 cup of salsa verde into the liner of your pressure cooker © COOKING WITH CURLS

Place the seasoned pork on top of the salsa verde…..

Place the seasoned chunks of pork into the pressure cooker © COOKING WITH CURLS

and pour remaining salsa on top…..

Cover seasoned pork with additional salsa verde © COOKING WITH CURLS

Secure the lid, select Manual and adjust time to 90 minutes on High Pressure…..

Cook on Manual High Pressure for 90 minutes © COOKING WITH CURLS

If you have a newer model or do not have a “Manual” button, press the “Pressure Cook” button.

When the pot beeps, allow the pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes then press the pressure knob to release any remaining pressure…..

Salsa Verde Pork cooked to perfection © COOKING WITH CURLS

Place the pork in a large bowl and shred with two forks. Pour additional salsa verde and chopped cilantro to the pulled pork, then mix to combine…..

Instant Pot Salsa Verde Pork is super easy to prepare and makes the perfect filling for tacos, burritos, and tamales! © COOKING WITH CURLS

You are now ready to use your Instant Pot Salsa Verde Pork to create a variety of different meals.

Recipe Notes:

  • If your salsa verde does not have a lot of liquid, you may need to add water to your Instant Pot before cooking. You can see how watery mine was, you need a cup of liquid to make your pressure cooker work correctly, so use your best judgement. If you do not have enough liquid, your pressure cooker will not build pressure and will not start counting down. Add water and try again.
  • The additional 1/2 jar of Salsa Verde that is added to the cooked meat is not mandatory, but it does add a lot of flavor and moisture.
  • The amount of cayenne pepper that I added is just to add an additional layer of flavor with a “slight” bit of kick. If you like spicier foods, choose a HOT salsa verde…add  sliced jalapenos…or add hot sauce before serving.
  • I have this Instant Pot, and love it! {affiliate link} All of my recipes are made using a 6 Quart pressure cooker. I do not know the adjustments that need to be made to make this recipe in a 3 or 8 quart pressure cooker.

Additional Instant Pot Mexican favorites for you to try:

To keep your meal Paleo, try serving your Instant Pot Salsa Verde Pork wrapped in Cassava Flour Tortillas or over Paleo Cauliflower Rice.

Enjoy!!

This Instant Pot Salsa Verde Pork is super easy to make, full of flavor, and healthy as well! © COOKING WITH CURLS

Instant Pot Salsa Verde Pork

Instant Pot Salsa Verde Pork is easy enough to prepare any night of the week, it’s loaded with flavor, and it’s healthy too!
4.44 from 53 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Release Pressure: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 20 Servings
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds pork shoulder/butt (de-boned and cut into chunks)
  • 24 ounces salsa verde (I used 1 1/2 jars Herdez Mild)
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro

Instructions

  • Remove the bone from pork butt/shoulder and cut pork into large chunks .
  • Sprinkle with cumin and cayenne pepper, rub to thoroughly coat.
  • Pour about 1 cup of salsa verde into the liner of your pressure cooker.
  • Place the seasoned pork on top of the salsa verde, and pour remaining salsa on top.
  • Secure the lid, select Manual and adjust time to 90 minutes on High Pressure. If you have a newer model or do not have a “Manual” button, press the “Pressure Cook” button.
  • When the pot beeps, allow the pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes then press the pressure knob to release any remaining pressure.
  • Place the pork in a large bowl and shred with two forks. Pour additional salsa verde and chopped cilantro to the pulled pork, then mix to combine.

Notes

  • If your salsa verde does not have a lot of liquid, you may need to add water to your Instant Pot before cooking. You can see how watery mine was, you need a cup of liquid to make your pressure cooker work correctly, so use your best judgement. If you do not have enough liquid, your pressure cooker will not build pressure and will not start counting down. Add water and try again.
  • The additional 1/2 jar of Salsa Verde that is added to the cooked meat is not mandatory, but it does add a lot of flavor and moisture.
  • The amount of cayenne pepper that I added is just to add an additional layer of flavor with a “slight” bit of kick. If you like spicier foods, choose a HOT salsa verde…add  sliced jalapenos…or add hot sauce before serving.
  • I have this Instant Pot, and love it! {affiliate link} All of my recipes are made using a 6 Quart pressure cooker. I do not know the adjustments that need to be made to make this recipe in a 3 or 8 quart pressure cooker.

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 312mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this last night for dinner and it was AMAZING. I added about a tablespoon of garlic powder along with the cayenne and cumin. I also tossed 1/4 cup of cilantro and 1 tablespoon of lime juice to the instant pot before cooking. Extremely tender and tasted great with the remaining salsa verde

  2. 5 stars
    I have always been a little too intimidated to use my mom’s instapot but I had a cheap cut of pork and I’ve had success with an old type of pressure cooker in the past so I thought I’d give your recipe a try. Wow! I could not believe how tender it came out! My mom’s instapot is a little different than yours which you mention that in the instructions but I managed to figure it out- so if there are other readers looking for a delicious and easy, oh and super inexpensive meal to try their new instapot on, go for it! You won’t believe how good it’ll turn out! Thank you for putting it out there!

  3. 5 stars
    We had a package of mystery meat in the freezer, after defrosting I realized it was a few pork ribs. So glad I found this recipe. It was amazing! 5 stars!

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