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Quick and Easy Healthy Cilantro Pork Pot in a black bowl with rice, lime and tortilla chips

Quick and Easy Healthy Cilantro Pork Pot-Instant Pot

  • myWW Points:Blue: 4 Smart Points ; Green: 5 Smart Points; Purple: 4 Smart Points per 1 c. serving
  • Author: Gourmet Done Skinny
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: about 40 min
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American/Tex Mex

Description

This Quick and Easy Healthy Cilantro Pork Pot is a great Instant Pot meal especially if you’re in a hurry and need something delicious and filling for the whole family.  Serve it over rice, in tacos, over salad or even alone! Let your family and guests customize their own bowls by adding various toppings such as hot sauce, green onions, black olives, and sour cream (light in my case, or my Jalapeño Cream).


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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lb boneless center cut pork roast, cut into 4 pieces, trim some of the fat if necessary
  • olive oil spray ( I like my Olive Oil Sprayer)
  • kosher salt
  • 1 onion, finely chopped (I do mine in the food processor with the garlic)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 c. of your favorite salsa, or use 1/2 c. of my Tomatillo Green Salsa if you have it handy in the freezer
  • 1 T. Chipotle Seasoning, use mine or your own
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Rotel (mild or spicy) or roasted tomatoes if you can’t find Rotel.
  • 1 lime
  • 1 c. fresh cilantro

Optional Toppings (Points or calories not included):

  • light sour cream
  • avocado
  • black olives
  • reduced fat cheese or I do a little bit of real cheese!
  • jalapeno cream
  • green onions
  • hot salsa
  • lime wedges for guests to do their own squeezing
  • anything that sounds good!

Instructions

  1. Press the “Sauté,” button on your Instant Pot. If you are able to adjust your Instant Pot to high, do this (On some models you can, others you can’t.)  Spray the liner pot with olive oil spray from your Olive Oil Mister.
  2. Sprinkle kosher salt over pork pieces.
  3. When oil is hot, add pork pieces and brown on all sides.
  4. Transfer pork to plate. Add onions and garlic to pot and sauté until softened. You may need to spray a bit of oil in pot to keep onions and garlic from burning.
  5. Turn off pot.
  6. Add pork, salsa, chipotle seasoning, beans and Rotel.
  7. Turn Instant Pot to manual setting (or pressure cook on some models) and set for 10 minutes. Be sure the seal is closed.
  8. When done, allow to naturally release.
  9. Cut up cooked pork into bite-sized pieces and put back into pot.
  10. Add chopped cilantro, squeeze of lime and serve. Great alone or over rice. Allow family and guests to add their own optional ingredients.

Notes

8-10 minutes in the Instant Pot may not seem like a long time (be sure and let it naturally release) but it’s plenty of time and the pork remains tender and not overcooked and mealy as can happen in the crock pot.  Use a thermometer, it should read 145 degrees.  I read about this idea of cooking pork for a shorter amount of time from Ayngelina’s food blog:  https://www.baconismagic.ca/canada/balsamic-pork-tenderloin/ She was tired of overdone pork tenderloin tasting like cardboard which was my issue as well as being “mealy.” I learned a lot from her blog and incorporated her technique into this recipe. Check her out!