Instant Pot – Pork Carnitas Mexican Pulled Pork

I just love using my Insta Pot.  This has made my life so much easier being a busy mom.  You can take a frozen roast or  whole chicken to completely cooked in 90 minutes.

One of my go to recipes is Pork Carnitas. This recipe will make several meals and is freezer friendly.  You will have shredded pork in the freezer ready to thaw for tacos or burritos at a moments noticed.  Great for moms on the go..makes really quick meals your family will love…and who doesn’t love tacos?  Right?

Enjoy!

Mexican Pork Carnitas –  Delicious Mexican pork made in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker) for tacos, burritos, taco salads etc. 

Total Time: 60 minutes * This is freezer-friendly


2 1/2 pounds trimmed, boneless pork shoulder blade roast, cut into 4 pieces
2 teaspoons kosher salt
black pepper, to taste
6 cloves garlic, cut into sliver
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon dry oregano
1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (to taste)
1/4 teaspoon dry adobo seasoning (I used Goya)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Directions:
Season pork with salt and pepper.
Press sauté on the instant pot, spray with oil and brown the pork on all sides for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Using a sharp knife, insert blade into pork about 1-inch deep, and insert the garlic slivers, you’ll want to do this all over.
Season pork with cumin, oregano, adobo and garlic powder all over.
Pour chicken broth, add chipotle peppers and stir, and place pork in the Instant Pot, cover and cook using the pressure cooker setting on high pressure for 80 minutes.
When the pressure releases, shred pork using two forks and combine well with the juices that accumalated at the bottom.
Adjust cumin and add adobo and mix well.

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Casseroles, a Family Favorite

My family is a huge fan of casserole.  I love them because they can be made up ahead of time and even some can be frozen for a quick meal.  We often reminisce about grandmas cooking and the different casseroles we have shared.

Here is one of our favorite casserole.  Made with chicken and bacon. WHAT? BACON!! who doesn’t love the taste combo of that.  This creamy ranch flavored pasta with chicken and bacon is sure to be a hit with your family too!

Enjoy!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Yield: 4 servings *Prep Time: 15 minutes * Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
4 slices bacon, diced
2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon Ranch Seasoning or more to taste
8 ounces rotini
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
How to make alfredo sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup heavy cream, or more, to taste
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9×9 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
To make the alfredo sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in heavy cream. Cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in Parmesan until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more heavy cream as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Drain excess fat; reserving 1 tablespoon in the skillet. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
In a gallon size Ziploc bag, add chicken, 1 tablespoon olive oil and Ranch Seasoning, shaking to coat thoroughly. Add chicken to the skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes on each side; set aside.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
Add pasta to the prepared baking dish and layer with chicken and alfredo sauce; sprinkle with cheeses and bacon. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and heated through, about 15-20 minutes.
Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole