Instant Pot Chile Verde Pork

With just a few fresh ingredients and spices Instant Pot Chile Verde Pork comes together in under an hour, it’s great for healthy meal prep, freezer meals, and full of flavor! Loaded with tender pork, tomatillos, and Hatch green chile, it’s great over rice or wrapped in a tortilla burrito style!

A red ceramic bowl with Instant Pot chile verde pork, white rice, lime wedge.

👩🏻‍🍳 Tamara Talks – About Chile Verde Pork

Creating new Instant Pot freezer meals provides a great deal of satisfaction. When my day runs amok, and there isn’t enough day left to cook, I love to pull a healthy, flavorful meal from the freezer!

My favorite protein to cook in the Instant Pot is (hands down) pork loin. Nothing beats the falling-apart-tender pork, and while you can get this in a Dutch oven or in a slow cooker, the Instant Pot gets the job done in less time. You may remember the Instant Pot Pulled Pork, Pork and Hatch Chile, and Pork and Apples?

As I began working on this tender pork dish, I knew I wanted it to require only a few fresh ingredients, require little active time, and freeze well for another meal or two. My favorite salsa – Tomatillo and Hatch Green Chile Salsa – provided the inspiration.

Two of my favorite ingredients – Hatch green chile and tomatillos – take center stage in this healthy main dish recipe. This is one of my favorite Hatch green chile recipes!

The usual “suspects” round out the dish – onion, ground cumin, chicken broth. As mentioned in the intro, you can serve it with rice or wrapped in a tortilla.

🍅 About Tomatillos

Tomatillos (aka husk tomatoes) in Spanish means “little tomatoes.” They are native to Mexico, and they were first cultivated by the Aztecs as a staple crop. While they are related to tomatoes (both are in the nightshade/solanaceae family), tomatillos are in the genus physalis, a group of flowering plants that produce a large husk from the calyx that partly or mostly covers the fruit.

While tomatillos look similar to green tomatoes, they are covered with a sticky substance and a papery husk. I don’t worry about the stickiness as it disappears during cooking.

What do tomatillos taste like?

Tomatillos have a slightly more acidic, slightly less sweet flavor than ripe and unripe tomatoes. Overall, the flavor is more vegetal and bright, and the interior texture is denser and less watery. 

~~ Bon Appetit magazine.

I love the bright, slightly acidic flavor they add to a dish. While tomatillos can be eaten raw, I must confess, I haven’t tried that! Hmmm… Future recipe perhaps?

📋 Chile Verde Pork Ingredients

Most of the ingredients for the Instant Pot chile verde pork: pork, tomatillos, green chile, garlic, cumin, cilantro, onion.
  • oil – For searing the pork, you want oil with a high smoke point like refined coconut or vegetable oil.
  • boneless pork – I use lean pork loin for this pork recipe. You can use boneless pork chops or your favorite boneless cut. Pork shoulder is great, but it is substantially higher in fat and calories.
  • onion
  • garlic
  • flour
  • ground cumin
  • roasted green chile – My preference is Hatch green chile. We make an annual trip to Las Cruces, NM to see our son and his husband (we lived there for 22 years), and we try to bring home a 40 pound sack of roasted Hatch green chile. I also order Hatch chile online if I’m desperate. Roasted poblano or Anaheim peppers are a good substitute. I’m working on a “how to” post…
  • tomatillos – There is no substitute!
  • chicken broth
  • cilantro and lime wedges (to garnish)

🔪 Instructions

Step 1 - Sear the pork in the Instant Pot.
  • Brown the pork cubes in the oil, add the onion followed by the flour, sauté until pork begins to brown.
Step 2 - Sauté the cumin, garlic, and onion with the pork.
  • Add the ground cumin and garlic. Stir to combine.
Step 3 - Add the tomatillos and green chile to the Instant Pot.
  • Add the roasted green chile and tomatillos.
Step 4 - Stir the chicken broth into the pork in the Instant Pot.
  • Stir in the broth/stock and salt. Use the edge of the spatula to scrape any browned bits and flour off the bottom. NOTE: Instant Pots will give “burn” warnings if there is too much flour or other dry ingredients on the bottom of the pan.
  • Lock the lid on the Instant Pot, and set for 30 minutes under high pressure. When the cycle is complete, you can allow it to de-pressurize naturally, or you can do a quick release. 30 minutes is adequate to get tender pork chunks!
A red ceramic bowl of Instant Pot chile verde pork.
Serving suggestion – Serve the Instant Pot chile verde pork with rice, and garnish with lime wedges and fresh cilantro.

❓ FAQ

Are tomatillos healthy?

The short answer? YES. The longer answer? They are high in fiber, low in calories, contain vitamins A, C, and E, antioxidants like beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, and the minerals potassium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, etc. For more about the nutrient profile of tomatillos, see Tomatillo Nutrition Facts.

How can I make the pork thicker?

Mix a slurry of flour or cornstarch with broth or water. Whisk it into the pork mixture with the Instant Pot on sauté. Bring it to a boil to thicken completely.

💭 Tips

If you’re using an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker, they are prone to “burn” warnings if there’s anything like flour on the bottom. Use a wood spatula or similar to scrape up any browned bits when you add in the broth/stock.

As I mention at the start of the post, this is a great freezer meal. Typically, we have 2 servings the night I make it, I package 2 servings for lunch later in the week, and I freeze 2 servings for later in the week.

🍷 Pairing Suggestions

As shown in the photo, I serve Instant Pot Pork with Tomatillos and Green Chile with rice, and garnished with cilantro and lime wedges. It is delicious wrapped in a burrito size tortilla as well. I would not hesitate to serve it with quinoa, farro, even polenta.

Beverage-wise? I guess an obvious choice is a Mexican lager, but I don’t love them. If I’m spending calories on beer, I want a beer that I love. I often refer to How to Pair Beer with Mexican Food if I’m at a loss. I agree with their suggestion with bright, spicy dishes:

Brighter spicy dishes like these chilaquiles verdes tend to work best with paler beers like helles, witbier, and less-hoppy American blonde ales. These are beers that will ease the spicy pain with soft malty flavor without overpowering your dish, offering a refreshing respite from the heat.

~~ Serious Eats
Signature in red and green with chiles and limes. Healthyish Latin cuisine.

A red ceramic bowl of pork, tomatillos, green chile, and rice garnished with lime and cilantro.

Instant Pot Pork with Tomatillos and Green Chile

A simple, flavorful lean tender lean pork with a Mexican/southwest vibe… Healthy and delicious, and ready in under an hour!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican/Southwest
Servings 6 servings
Calories 259 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon refined coconut or vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds boneless pork - cubed
  • 1 onion - chopped,
  • 1 teaspoon garlic - minced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 ½ cups roasted green chile - skins, stems, seeds removed, chopped
  • 6 to 8 tomatillos - peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cilantro and lime wedges - to garnish

Instructions

  • Brown the pork cubes in the oil, add the onion followed by the flour, sauté until pork begins to brown.
  • Add the ground cumin and garlic. Stir to combine.
  • Add the green chile and tomatillos.
  • Stir in the broth/stock and salt. Be sure to stir and scrape vigorously! Any flour stuck to the bottom can potentially cause a "burn" error.
  • Lock the lid on the Instant Pot, and set for 30 minutes under high pressure. When the cycle is complete, you can allow it to de-pressurize naturally, or you can do a quick release. 30 minutes is adequate to get tender pork chunks! Check seasoning. Garnish as desired.
  • Serve with rice, quinoa, farro, etc. or rolled up in a tortilla. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 8g

NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and MyFitnessPal.com. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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