Instant Pot Southwestern Pork Stew
Here’s a delicious Instant Pot Southwestern Pork Stew with bacon, peppers, and sweet potatoes to make in the Instant Pot! If you prefer a low-carb version just double the peppers and skip the sweet potatoes!
Have you joined the Instant Pot craze yet? At my house we’ve been having fun experimenting with at least one Instant Pot recipe nearly every time I cook something with Jake and Kara, and although I’m far from an expert, I’m getting comfortable enough with the Instant Pot to start experimenting. So this Instant Pot Southwestern Pork Stew with Bacon, Peppers, and Sweet Potatoes is one of those recipes where we added a little of this and a little of that until we had one we thought was a winner!
It did take us two tries to come up with this combination, which uses one of those inexpensive pork sirloin tip roasts from Costco for the pork. And if you’d like a lower-carb version of this Instant Pot pork stew, just skip the sweet potatoes and add another red pepper. The sweet potatoes do add some thickening to the stew, so you might need to simmer in the Instant Pot a bit to reduce if you go for the low-carb option.
And back to the Instant Pot; I knew that Instant Pots were really a thing when my brother Dave called to ask me an Instant Pot question, and he raved about how he had made a roast in the Instant Pot and how good it was. We’re getting a good collection of Instant Pot Recipes on Kalyn’s Kitchen, and you can also find some great Instant Pot recipes from other blogs at the Instant Pot Index Page on my Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker site.
My most popular Instant Pot recipe to date is definitely this Instant Pot Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Soup, so if you happen to find an Instant Pot under the Christmas tree, be sure to try that one! And if you like pork and Southwestern flavors, be sure to try this Instant Pot Southwestern Pork Stew as well!
One ingredient that adds flavor here is Sweet Potatoes, and if you’re a fan of savory sweet potato recipes like I am, check out Favorite Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes.
How to Make Instant Pot Southwestern Pork Stew:
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- Cook bacon strips it in the instant pot on SAUTE, high heat. Then remove bacon with a slotted spoon.
- Remove some of the bacon fat if needed, then cook the pork pieces until they’re nicely browned. You might need to do this in two batches to be sure the pork browns well, or cook the pork in a big pan on the stove if you prefer.
- While pork browns, chop the onion and the Poblano chili pepper. Remove the browned pork and add the onions and chopped Poblano to the Instant Pot with a little more bacon fat or olive oil if needed and cook 2-3 minutes; then add the ground cumin and Mexican oregano and cook 1-2 minutes more.
- Add the browned pork, bacon, canned green chiles, and chicken stock to the Instant Pot, lock the lid, and set to HIGH PRESSURE for 20 minutes, using NATURAL RELEASE to release the pressure.
- While the pork cooks, chop the sweet potatoes and red pepper (or two red peppers if you’re making the low-carb version). Add those to the Instant Pot after the pressure has released.
- Lock the lid on the Instant Pot again and set to HIGH PRESSURE, 8 minutes. When the time is up use NATURAL RELEASE for 5 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure quickly, being careful to stay away from the steam.
- If you didn’t add the sweet potatoes you may want to simmer the stew in the Instant Pot for a few minutes to thicken it.
- Then add the lime juice, chopped cilantro, and salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
- Serve hot, with grated cheese and sour cream to add at the table if desired
More Pork in the Instant Pot:
Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker) Low-Carb Greek Pork Tacos ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pressure Cooker Kalua Pork ~ Pressure Cooking Today
Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker) Low-Carb Green Chile Pork Taco Bowl ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sweet and Tangy Pulled Pork (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker) ~ Barefeet in the Kitchen
Low-Carb Slow Cooker (or Pressure Cooker) Pork Roast with Spicy Peanut Sauce ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pork Carnitas (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker) ~ Your HomeBased Mom
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Pork Sirloin Tip Roast has a photo of the kind of pork roast I used for this recipe. Poblano Chiles are sometimes called Pasilla chiles in U.S. grocery stores. You can also use canned chicken broth for this. I used my fresh-frozen lime juice.I used a 6 Quart Instant Pot (affiliate link) for this recipe.Recipe created by Kalyn, with help from Jake and Kara. Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 323Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 395mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 42g
Pork Sirloin Tip Roast has a photo of the kind of pork roast I used for this recipe. Poblano Chiles are sometimes called Pasilla chiles in U.S. grocery stores. You can also use canned chicken broth for this. I used my fresh-frozen lime juice.I used a 6 Quart Instant Pot (affiliate link) for this recipe.Recipe created by Kalyn, with help from Jake and Kara.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Instant Pot Southwestern Pork Stew with Bacon, Peppers, and Sweet Potatoes is a great dish for any low-glycemic diet, including Phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. To make this suitable for a traditional low-carb diet plan, just skip the sweet potatoes and replace with another chopped red bell pepper.
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