Category: Mexican

Instant Pot Turkey White Bean Chili

By , December 3, 2016

Video credit to amazonkitchen.com

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup Anaheim pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup cannellini beans (pre-soaked for 8 hours)
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock

For Serving

  • Sour cream
  • Spicy Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Cilantro, chopped

Preparation

  1. Set Instant Pot to “Saute”, and add oil, onions, and peppers. Cook until onions are translucent.
  2. Add ground turkey and seasonings, and saute until almost cooked, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add pre-soaked beans, water, and chicken stock. Close lid and press “Bean/Chili” button.  Cook for 30 minutes, then release steam and open.
  4. Serve with your favorite fixings.  We like sour cream, spicy Monterey Jack, and cilantro.

Instant Pot Carnitas

By , December 3, 2016

Video credit to @amazonkitchen.com

Serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb port shoulder, bone-in
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves

For Serving

  • Corn tortillas
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Radishes, sliced
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges

Preparation

  1. Combine spices to make a dry rub, and pat over the pork shoulder.
  2. Set Instant Pot to “Saute”, and sear all sides of the shoulder until browned.
  3. Add soy sauce, onion, garlic, bay leaves, and vegetable stock, and close the lid.  Cook on “High Pressure” for 90 minutes.
  4. Release steam, and remove lid.  Lift pork shoulder onto a plate, remove the bone, and shred meat with two forks.
  5. Serve hot with your favourite fixings. We like radishes, cilantro, pico de gallo, and freshly squeezed lime juice.

 

Mexican Polenta

By , October 1, 2015
Time: 5 minutes prep, 5 minutes at high pressure, 10 minutes natural pressure releaseServings: 3 main dish servings, 6 appetizer servingsIngredients:
1 bunch sliced green onion (approx. one cup, greens and whites)
2 tsp minced garlic
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups boiling water
1 cup corn meal/grits
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)fresh cilantro to garnish

Instructions:
1.) In your pressure cooker, saute the green onion and minced garlic until fragrant (approximately 2-4 minutes), only adding a small amount of water as needed.
2.) Add in the vegetable broth, boiling water, corn meal, cilantro, and spices. Stir to mix.
3.) Lock the lid in place and bring to high pressure (manual, high pressure) for 5 minutes.
4.) After 5 minutes is up, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure after 10 minutes.
5.) Stir and serve as is, or place into a glass dish (or dishes) to set.

Amy’s Notes:

What I love about this recipe is that it doesn’t have salt… and you would have never known. Not that the recipe tastes extra salty, but the green onion, garlic, cilantro, and spices give it such dimension that salt would never be needed.

When I ate more of the polenta the next day, I had it warmed up with fajita black beans, onions, and bell peppers. It was WOW!

 

Three Bean Vegan Chili

By , September 23, 2015

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Submitted by Amy T.

This is by far my family’s favorite. I make it generally once a week. It is 100% vegan as well as oil, salt, sugar, and gluten-free. while the recipe is fantastic straight out of the pressure cooker, I find that the flavor and spices are enhanced even more the next day as leftovers.

With this recipe I have mixed and matched over 10 different types of dried beans with great results. So, feel free to change the types of beans and ratios of each if you desire. In the end, the recipe needs 2 cups of dried beans total.

Also, try not to skip on the cumin seeds! They give this chili unique and fantastic flavor. Whole cumin seeds can be found inexpensively in the Mexican food section in most grocery stores and come in plastic bags.

Three Bean Vegan Chili
Time:10 minutes prep, 12 minutes high pressure, natural pressure release
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:
Beans:
2/3 cup dried black beans, soaked for 8 hours (or 1 1/2 cup cooked black beans/1 can)
2/3 cup dried pinto beans, soaked for 8 hours (or 1 1/2 cup cooked pinto beans/1 can)
2/3 cup dried red beans, soaked for 8 hours ( or 1 1/2 cup cooked red or kidney beans/1 can)

Instructions:
1.) Rinse and pick over all of the dried beans. In a large bowl combine all of the dried beans and cover with water. Allow to soak for at least 8 hours. Drain and rinse after soaking. (Skip this step if you are using canned beans. Make sure to drain and rinse if you are.)
2.) In the pressure cooker, saute the cumin seeds, onion, and minced garlic for 5 minutes, adding vegetable broth or water to prevent burning as needed.
3.) Add the remaining ingredients, reserving the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce for after pressure cooking. Stir well and lock lid into place, with the venting valve closed. Set to manual high pressure for 12 minutes (6 minutes if using canned beans). Once 12 (or 6) minutes are up, allow for a natural pressure release.
4.) Stir in the can of diced tomatoes and can of tomato sauce. Allow to cool and thicken with the lid off if time allows. If you find the chili isn’t thick enough, blend 1-2 cups in a high speed blender and return to the pot, or use an immersion blender.
5.) Serve hot with any of the topping ideas below.

Saute:
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cups onion, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic

Add:
3 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth, boiling
3/4 cup carrots, chopped, about 2 carrot sticks
1/4 cup celery, chopped, about 1 celery stick)
1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped
2 Tbsp mild chili powder
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

After Pressure Cooking:
1-14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1-14.5 oz can tomato sauce

Topping suggestions:
fresh cilantro
fresh parsley
cashew sour cream
green onions
nutritional yeast
roasted red peppers
black olives
favorite hot sauce
shredded vegan cheese

Amy’s Notes:

With the pressure cooker method, you can decrease the cooking time even more by using canned/cooked beans. If this is the case, I would reduce the cooking time at high pressure to 6 minutes with a natural pressure release. Just use your best judgement as you change the recipe!

I like the chili on its own with any of the toppings above, but it is also be great served on any type of baked potato; with a cooked whole grain like brown rice, barley, or quinoa; or with tortilla chips on the side. In this picture, I served mine with nutritional yeast, cilantro, green onions, and roasted red pepper.

Kimberly’s Taco Soup

By , June 6, 2015

Kimberly’s Taco Soup

Four bone-in chicken thighs (skin removed)
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup black beans (I had frozen ones that I’d done in my crockpot)
1 cup salsa
1 cup chicken broth (or as much as you want to thin your soup)
2 tbsp taco seasoning (I make my own)
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup diced sweet pepper (colour of your choice)
1 tsp coconut oil

On Sauté, melt the oil and add the onion and pepper. After a few minutes add the chicken, brown on both sides.

Add remaining ingredients, put the lid on and use “soup” setting for four minutes. Remove chicken, let it cool enough so you can remove the bones, then shred and put back in the pot.

Serve with a bit of shredded cheddar and sour cream on top and a few nacho chips (I used homemade creme fraiche instead of sour cream, SO easy!).

Easy Chile Verde

By , June 24, 2013

Submitted by Pam

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of pork, cut chunks the size of stew meat
  • about 1 cup green salsa

Directions:

  • Cook the pork on the Sauté/Browning setting until nicely brown.
  • Pour the salsa over the top of the meat.
  • Cook on the Meat & Stew setting for 20-30 minutes.

Mild Chicken and Corn Tortilla Enchiladas

By , January 29, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.

Chicken EnchiladasI used to simmer chicken all day to prepare this recipe. With my Instant Pot, it comes together so much faster! These are very mild (not spicy), creamy chicken and corn tortilla enchiladas. If you like your enchiladas spicy, you will need to kick it up a notch by adding heat to the chicken mixture – that’s what the optional peppers accomplish. These reheat well, so you can make them early in the day and then reheat at mealtime.

Ingredients:

Makes 12 enchiladas that are 250 calories each.

  • 1 pound frozen chicken breasts
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 10 ounce can Green Chili Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 8 oz package of Neufchatel Cheese or reduced fat cream cheese
  • ½ onion, green peppers, hot peppers (whatever you like to spice it up) optional
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (optional but highly recommended for nutrition)
  • 12 whole grain extra thin 6 inch yellow corn tortillas (Mission brand is 80 calories each)
  • 3 ounces of grated cheddar cheese (or as much as you prefer)

 Instructions:

  1. Place frozen chicken breasts in Instant Pot with 2 cups of water. Put lid on, press poultry button and set time to 30 minutes. When beeps finished, either let sit or release pressure immediately based on how much time you have. Pour off liquid and save to use as a weak broth for other recipes.
  2. With chicken still in pot, shred chicken with two large  forks and then add the package of Neufchatel cheese, the spinach, any onions or peppers you might want and 2 tablespoons of the enchilada sauce. Press the Sauté button and use the heat to soften the cheese a little so you can easily combine the contents of the pot. You are not really sautéing anything, so don’t walk away or leave on Sauté for more than 60 seconds.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a shallow baking dish that is large enough to hold 12 enchiladas with nonstick spray. Place 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken filling into the middle of each corn tortilla and roll the sides up to form an enchilada. Place seam side down in the baking dish. (Don’t worry if the corn tortillas crack a little in the process.)
  4. Slowly dribble the rest of the enchilada sauce over each enchilada in the baking dish, making sure to wet the top of each tortilla completely. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top. Cover with aluminum foil.
  5. Place in the preheated 400 degree oven. After 15 minutes, remove the aluminum foil. Continue to cook in the oven until bubbly and cheese is melted (about 10 minutes).

I serve with a side salad, but Mexican rice or black beans would be yummy.

 

 

Barbacoa de Cordero (Lamb BBQ Mexican style)

By , November 6, 2012

Lamb BarbacoaSubmitted by Ezzie B.

Imagine sitting on a gently rocking boat under a warm sun in southern Mexico.  Your hostess brings out a big platter loaded with lamb slow cooked in a long simmered chili sauce, surrounded by small dishes of chopped cilantro, cut limes, refried beans, rice, and a stack of fresh warm corn tortillas.  Shots of tequila are passed around.  Everyone gives a  rousing cheer of “Salud!”  Then all dig in!  This was our introduction to one of our favorite Mexican dishes.

Making the chili sauce is a long process but I’ve found a great quick substitute…Old El Paso enchilada sauce!  You can buy it in mild to hot versions.  The Instant Pot on meat setting saves hours of slow cooking the lamb.

 

Barbacoa de Cordero (Lamb BBQ Mexican style)

Ingredients:

  • 3 # lamb shoulder
  • 1 Spanish onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 19 oz can Old El Paso Enchilada sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • Salt to taste

For serving:

  • Cilantro, chopped without the stems
  • Corn tortillas (3-4 per person)
  • Limes cut into 8ths
  • Black beans or refried beans
  • Chipotle style rice (see my recipe for it on the Instant Pot recipe site)

Instructions:

  • Marinate lamb overnight in Old El Paso Enchilada sauce (mild, medium or hot).
  • Set Instant Pot to sauté setting and put in oil.  Let the oil heat up for a minute or two.  Put in the onions and cook until soft, add garlic and cook for just a minute being careful not to burn.
  • Add the lamb and marinade.  Let the marinade heat up and reach a boil.
  • Put Instant Pot on stew and pressure cook for 35- 45 min.  I did mine for 45 minutes because I like to pull it into shreads for the tacos.  Note: If you cube the lamb it will cook in about 20 minutes.  Let the Instant Pot return to normal by itself.
  • Meanwhile heat the beans, cut the limes, put the hot rice into a serving bowl.
  • Shred the cooked lamb with two forks (as you would for pulled pork) and put in a serving bowl.  Ladle generous amount of sauce over it.  Heat up 3-4 corn tortillas per person.  I put mine on a saucer, then put another saucer over them and microwave for approximately 2 minutes (if serving 3-4 people) at 70%, or until the tortillas are all warm.
  • To serve: spoon the lamb mixture onto a soft warm corn tortilla, sprinkle on cilantro, then squeeze on lime juice.  Or you can do like my husband does: spoon rice and beans onto the warm corn tortilla, sprinkle on cilantro, add lamb, and squeeze lime juice over all of it.  Delicioso!

My heartfelt thanks to our friend and fellow cruiser, Blanc, a for serving this wonderful dish to us and sharing her recipe!

Speedy Texas Trail Chili

By , September 27, 2012

Submitted by Peter H.SPEEDY TEXAS TRAIL CHILE

Ingredients: 8 servings

  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef, turkey or chicken
  • 2 Cups favorite Bloody Mary mix (spicy preferred)
  • 2 Cans (14 ounces each) diced tomatoes with green chilies (or 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice)
  • 2 Cans (14 ounces each) kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 4 Tablespoons (or more if you like) favorite chili powder, divided
  • 1-1/2 Cups Water

For Serving (optional):

  • Corn chips
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sliced green onions
  • Sour cream

Instructions:

  • In the INSTANT POT pressure cooker pot, heat the oil.
  • Add the onion and saute about 8 minutes until it becomes lightly golden brown.
  • Add the meat and cook until it browns, breaking it up as it cooks.
  • Stir in the Bloody Mary mix and heat on medium-high, stirring and scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the tomatoes, beans and 2 Tablespoons of the chili powder. Stir well. Bring to just a boil;  add the water.
  • Lock the lid in place and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Quick release the steam.  When the pressure valve drops remove the lid tilting it away from your face.
  • Just before serving stir in Tablespoons of the chili powder then let it stand 5 minutes.
  • Ladle into bowls and garnish as desired.  Serve and ENJOY!!

 

 

 

Instant Pot Chipotle style rice at home

By , August 31, 2012

Submitted by Ezraella B.

Ingredients:

  • 4 small bay leaves
  • 2 c rice
  • 2 3/4 C water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp canola oil (or olive oil)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 C fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 Tsp salt (or to taste)

 Instructions:

  1. Rinse rice well, then put in Instant Pot.  Add bay leaves and hot water.  Set Instant Pot to rice setting.  Since you are adding hot water it takes less time to heat up.  The 10 minute setting is perfect for it.
  2. Immediately after rice is done let off the steam until you can safely remove the lid.
  3. Pour in oil, lime juice and sprinkle cilantro and salt over the rice.  Mix all together well.
  4. Serve.  This rice goes extremely well with the Instant Pot Mango Dal.

 

Note:  I freeze chopped cilantro to keep it handy anytime as this is one of our favorite rices.  If you can get it experiment with coconut oil, or grape seed oil.

Arroz con Pollo

By , June 28, 2012

Submitted by Dana.

Ingredients: Serves: 6 – 8

12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Marinade

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh minced oregano or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

Sofrito

  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • ½ medium green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 large handful cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Rice

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and small diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 28 ounce can Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, with liquid
  • 5 cups organic chicken stock (preferably homemade)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice
  • 1 ½ cups Spanish Olives
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive brine

Directions

Marinade

1.     Combine olive oil, garlic, sea salt, pepper, oregano, cumin and lime in a large non-reactive bowl or zip top bag. Add the chicken and coat evenly with the marinade. Let marinade for at least one hour up to overnight. Stir occasionally.

Sofrito

2.     Combine garlic, onion, green bell pepper, cilantro, sea salt and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth.

Rice

3.     Heat the inner liner of the Instant Pot on “Sauté” setting. Melt coconut oil. Remove chicken from the marinade, save any leftovers, brown the chicken in batches for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.

4.    Add onion, red bell pepper, cumin and oregano. Sauté until just tender, about 5 minutes.

5.     Stir in the sofrito and sauté another 3 minutes. Add any leftover marinade, diced tomatoes, stock, and sea salt; simmer for 2 minutes.

6.     Stir in the rice, olives and brine. Add the browned chicken pieces to the pot.

7.     Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock into place. Press the Meat/Stew Button; adjust time so that the pressure time is at 15 minutes. When done and pressure has naturally released, remove lid.

8.     Serve.

InstantPot Pork Carnitas

Submitted by Dana.

Serves: 6 – 8

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 3 – 4 pound pork shoulder roast
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 bottle of beer, lager is best
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves

Directions

  1. Combine the ancho chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, and salt in a small bowl. Take the pork out of its netting, cut into 2 inch cubes and rub the spice mixture all over, getting into all the nooks and crannies.
  2. Using the Sauté setting on your InstantPot, melt 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Brown the meat on all sides in 3 – 4 batches. Remove browned pieces of meat and set aside.
  3. When all the meat has been browned add the beer and orange juice to the pot. Scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the onion, garlic and bay leaves to the pot and place the pork pieces on top.
  4. Place lid on the InstantPot, lock into place and press the Meat/Stew button.
  5. When done, remove the roast from the pot, leaving the cooking liquid. Turn the InstantPot back to sauté and allow the cooking liquid to simmer until it has been reduced by half.
  6. Heat your Broiler Oven to High
  7. While the liquid is reducing, shred the meat with 2 forks. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan. When the liquid has reduced, turn off the pot, spoon some of the reduced cooking liquid over the shredded pork. (Just enough to keep the meat from drying out too much) Broil the meat until crisp and brown.
  8. Serve on a platter with guacamole, lime wedges, salsa and a basket of hot tortillas.

Grandpa’s Chili With Beans

By , March 19, 2012

Submitted by Ed A.

This recipe does not require soaking the beans before hand so it is easy to throw together. I have used it at many barbecues with large crowds and it is always a favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry pinto beans
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin Seed
  • 2 can diced green Chiles
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans beef broth and one can water
  • 1 can diced tomato
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 glove garlic
  • 2 lb course ground chuck
  • For extra spiciness add canned diced jalepenos to your liking.

Instructions:

  • Brown ground chuck and allow to carmelize. Deglaze pan with can of diced tomatoes.
  • Add meat beans and all other ingredients in Instantpot and set for beans.
  • After first cycle in the beans setting check your seasonings then reset the Instantpot for the beans cycle again.