Spicy pulled pork (in the Instant Pot)


Years ago (I feel like I use this phrase more often now than I’m comfortable with) a co-worker made his famous “Spanish Beef Burritos” and they were delicious. He used chuck roast and slow cooked them on the stove top for hours. I took the flavors he used and substituted pork tenderloin for the chuck roast. The flavors translated well and I’ve been in leftover heaven all week. And instead of slow cooking them for hours I used my kitchen BFF, the Instant Pot. WOW!


I seriously made pulled pork tacos (or bowls) all week and never once got tired of them. Then I made another batch and switched things up with two cans of Hot Rotel diced tomatoes and chilies (and one can of the original Rotel). It was a hit, if you like things spicy (like we do). Then I topped it off with my go-to creamy jalapeno dip.

Have you had low carb tortillas? They aren’t too bad as long as you realize that it won’t taste like a homemade real tortilla. They do make a decent substitute so you can get your taco fix on. Our grocery store, HEB, has their own brand that is pretty good. If you aren’t lucky enough to have an HEB nearby La Tortilla Factory makes great ones too. I also made bowls and had the pulled pork on top of a salad. Did I mention that the pulled pork re-heats incredibly well?

Spicy pulled pork tacos (in the Instant Pot)



  1. Cut the pork tenderloins into four large chunks (approximately ½ pound each).
  2. Season the pork with the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and parsley on all sides.
  3. Select the “Sauté” mode on the Instant Pot.
  4. Once the pot is hot, add the butter and pork to the pot. Brown the meat on all sides.
  5. Add the Rotel and bay leaves to the pot. You do not need to stir.
  6. Select "Manual" mode and press the "+" button until it reads 50-55 minutes. Also make sure your top knob is set to "Seal" and not "Vent".
  7. The Instant Pot will beep at you when it finishes cooking the pork and sets itself to “Keep Warm” mode.
  8. Allow the pressure to release naturally (about 20 minutes).
  9. Make sure to remove the bay leaves.
  10. You can start shredding the pork with two forks and let it sit in the pot until ready to serve.
  11. Make your tacos or pork bowl and enjoy!

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