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Crispy Instant Pot Pork Taco Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12+ servings 1x

Description

The best Instant Pot pork taco recipe on the internet. The secret is a whole lot of seasoning cooked into the pork and then finishing the dish under the broiler in your oven.


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Ingredients

  • 1 lean boneless pork roast, cut into 2-inch chunks (about 4 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • Additional salt to taste
  • Serve with your favorite “taco-y” items like tortillas, cheese, salsa, sliced lime, and more

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Place your cubed pork in the bottom of your Instant Pot insert. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the top of the pork.
  3. Use tongs to lightly toss the pork so that the seasoning coats all sides. Add the oil and broth to the pork without letting it “wash off” the seasoning (I just pour it to one side of the bowl).
  4. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing. Press the pressure cook option, choose high pressure, and then set the time for 30 minutes.
  5. When the cooking time has passed, let the pressure naturally release for 10-15 minutes and then flip the valve to venting to release any extra pressure and remove the lid.
  6. Use two forks to shred the pork.
  7. Preheat the broiler to high.
  8. Place the shredded pork and all of the juices remaining in the pot on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil until the top edges of the pork start to crisp and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
  9. Adjust the salt to taste – I always end up adding more.
  10. Serve the crispy pork taco meat as you do other taco meats, in tacos, salads, or burritos.

Notes

  • This recipe can be made in the slow cooker by following the same instructions. Cook on low for 8-9 hours and then shred and broil as directed.
  • If you are short on time, the pork is great just shredded right out of the Instant Pot. If you skip the broiling step, it just won’t be as crispy.
  • You can cook the pork up to 45 minutes and let it naturally release pressure for as long as you like (if you want to just let it sit in there until dinner, you are fine to make it a few hours ahead of time).