How to cook Pork for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

By now I hope you’ve recovered from all the excitement of the Easter weekend. Leftovers have been enjoyed as creative new dishes. The house has been set back to rights and there were plenty of moments together to make you smile for days to come. I also hope the last few weeks have made you more familiar with your Instant Pot and the handy tool it can be in relieving dinnertime stress. You’ll find a page with links to the tips and recipes for several types of meat and proteins in the past several weeks and today it’s all about how to cook pork for the freezer in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.

How to Cook Pork Roast in a Pressure Cooker

Here’s a quick video on cooking a pork loin roast in the Instant Pot, along with lots of ideas for how to use your cooked pork when you pull it out of the freezer

The Instant Pot or other pressure cooker makes a great way to cook pork for the freezer.  I will say, it’s not going to be much faster than doing it in the oven, but it is more convenient.  I love that I can set up the Instant Pot right after bringing the meat home from the grocery and start it cooking.  I let it switch to keep warm and then come back on my own time table to shred the meat and put it in the freezer.

For a pork roast or pork loin, add 2-4 cups of water to the instant pot along with the roast.  Season the roast in any way you like.  Simple salt and pepper is the most versatile, but you might also like dried herbs, paprika, crushed red pepper or other seasonings.

Set the pot for a cook time of 55-60 minutes.  If the roast is frozen, add 5-10 minutes of cook time.  It will take longer for the pot to reach pressure when cooking from frozen so you’ll also need to factor that in.

Most of the recipes below are different ways to cook pork, but they make a great jumping off point for using pre-cooked pork you have on hand.  For instance, instead of making the taco recipes from scratch, use cooked and shredded pork, add barbecue sauce and serve in tacos topped with your choice of fixings. We love sauteed green peppers and onions on barbecue tacos!

A Few Classics

  • This Italian Herb Salted Pork Roast only takes a few minutes to prep and the results are fantastic!
  • When cumin is involved, dinner is pretty much guaranteed to be tasty.  This Cumin Pork Roast also calls for black beans so you get even more bang for your buck.
  • My Pulled Pork recipe starts with cooked pork, some tasty spices and the crock pot for a fuss-free dinner that’s sure to please a crowd.
  • Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a great way to use cooked pork for a quick and healthy dinner

Mexican Inspired Pork Dishes

A Collection or Pork Sandwiches

Some Tasty Pork Recipes from around the World

  • Slow Cooker BBQ Tacos will make you wonder why you’ve never tried a Korean BBQ taco.
  • Mediterranean Pork with Couscous is a comfort food dish that can be prepared in the Instant Pot but will taste more like it’s been cooking all day long.
  • Brazilian Feijoada is one of those recipes that takes a little more time, but it is so very worth it!
  • If it’s an Asian twist that you prefer on dinner, try this Thai Style Pork that pairs well served on a bed of Basmati rice

The more familiar you become with your Instant Pot, the more recipes you’ll find to tweak slightly and use some of the pork that you’ve cooked and frozen to cut down on dinnertime prep.

Let your imagination be your guide for these ideas, but I promise if you have the pork ready in the freezer, you’re just minutes away from having dinner on the table!

 

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15 Minute Tacos with Chipotle and Garlic

McCormick Tacos with chipotle

 

We love tacos at our house, and we love trying different types of taco recipes.

Last week we had one of those nights when everyone needed to eat at a different time.  Tacos are perfect for those nights.  The meat can be made ahead of time and in just a few minutes.  Then each person can assemble their tacos when they’re ready to eat.

Lucky for me, McCormick had just sent me a bunch of their new Skillet Sauces.

I had ground pork in the freezer, so I browned that out quickly and chose the Taco with Chipotle and Garlic Sauce to add to the meat.

McCormick Taco

 

We loved the flavor of it.  The tacos were saucy, with a nice amount of chipotle taste.  Not too hot at all, but just a great flavor.  The sauces are made with McCormick’s all natural herbs and spices.

Did I mention that the meat was saucy?  We don’t like dry taco meat.  These didn’t even need extra taco sauce added.

McCormick Tacos with Chipotle and Garlic

15 Minute Tacos with Chipotle and Garlic
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground beef or pork
  • 1 packet McCormick Taco with Chipotle and Garlic Skillet Sauce
  • Lettuce, tomato, cheese and other taco fixings
  • 12 taco shells
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground meat in a large skillet.
  2. Pour in McCormick Skillet Sauce and heat over medium heat.
  3. Serve in taco shells with all the fixings.

McCormick’s new Skillet Sauce comes in a variety of flavors.  Some are even able to be used in the slow cooker too.

McCormick skillet sauces

Smoky Applewood BBQ Chicken with Bacon

Taco with Chipotle & Garlic

Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry

Sweet & Smoky Sloppy Joes

Fire Roasted Garlic Chili

Fajita with Roasted Chili, Garlic  & Lime

Sicilian Chicken with Tomato, Basil & Garlic

We also tried the Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry last week.  Since I’d been sick with a cold, these came in so handy!  I used frozen popcorn chicken and broccoli with the Sesame Chicken Sauce and it turned out great!  So easy!

Disclosure:  I have been compensated and was provided McCormick Skillet Sauces.  However, all opinions are my own.

 

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Easy, Shredded Taco Beef in the Slow Cooker

Chicken tacos are a staple in my house. It’s an easy go-to when I don’t know what else to make. One week when I told my husband I was going to make them – again – he asked me, “Why don’t you ever make beef tacos?” After that, it became my mission to figure out a great, equally-easy beef taco recipe. This is the winner.

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This is the best kind of slow cooker recipe – you just dump and go. Even better, it only takes three ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Oven Baked Chicken Tacos – Our Newest Family Favorite

These Oven Baked Chicken Tacos quickly sky rocketed to the top of our family favorite list.  Everyone loved them.  And they are so easy to make, plus they’re versatile.  You can alter the ingredients to suit what your family likes and what you have in the pantry.

oven baked chicken tacos

 

I’d seen this recipe for Oven Baked Beef Tacos from Six Sisters Stuff floating around on Pinterest.  It made my mouth water every time I saw it.  I decided a chicken version sounded great.

I’ve made these starting with raw chicken tenders that I cooked in a skillet.  And I’ve made them starting with cooked chicken that I had in the freezer.  Both ways are quick (of course, using the cooked and frozen chicken is quicker).

The first time I made them, I didn’t add any tomatoes.  I didn’t want there to be too much liquid.  But the next time, when I used cooked chicken from the freezer, they seemed a bit dry, so I added a can of drained diced tomatoes.  You really can vary these however you like.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Oven Baked Chicken Tacos – Our Newest Family Favorite

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 lb. chicken tenders
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ green pepper, chopped
  • 15 oz black bean, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz corn, drained
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 18 crunchy corn taco shells
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook chicken in a skillet till done. (You can also use pre-cooked chicken.)
  2. Remove chicken from pan and chop.
  3. Cook onion and peppers in skillet until tender.
  4. Return chicken to pan.
  5. Add beans, corn and spices.
  6. Fill taco shells and set upright in oven-proof pan.
  7. Sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Bake 350 for 5-10 minutes or until heated through.

 

 

Sloppy Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos

This recipe was created simply by standing in front of the pantry and pulling out a few likely ingredients.  I needed something that would be ready to eat when we got home, with minimal fuss required.

Oh, and I only had about 3 minutes to get it fixed and get out the door.  Ever have a morning like that?

Here’s what I used to make these Sloppy Chicken Tacos, but please feel free to alter as needed.  I really don’t think you can mess this up.  Put in whatever you have that sounds good to you.  Experiment!   [Read more…]

Lentil Tacos

Lentils cost .98 a bag.  I used about half the bag to make these tacos.  I didn’t calculate the cost of making this recipe, which feeds 6 people, but it is low.  A very rough estimate would be $4.00 total, so about 70 cents a serving.  Not bad for something this healthy and good.

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