This recipe gives you all of the taste of a traditional Carne Adovada, but made in a non-traditional way with some surprising ingredients, right in your pressure cooker or instant pot.
Carne Adovada | Pressure Cooker Mexican Pork
Before we begin, I know you’re wondering if I’ve lost my mind, suggesting raisins and fish sauce in a Carne Adovada recipe. I use those ingredients to add sweetness and umami to a dish that traditionally calls for a lot of different steps to achieve that flavor.
WHAT IS CARNE ADOVADA
Before you dive right in to making a Carne Adovada dinner, you might be wondering what it is exactly. For starters, it's delicious. But to be more specific, it's a traditional New Mexican pork stew with ground red chiles. Don't be intimidated by the description, though. I promise it's not super spicy.
HOW TO MAKE CARNE ADOVADA
A lot of this involves single pot cooking, where my Instant pot comes in very handy. But for this dish, I also needed to brown onions and bloom a few spices.
I really didn't feel up to dirtying another pan, but I knew skipping out on browning the onions was not a smart idea.
So I used the microwave. I'm here to tell you, you CAN actually brown onions in the microwave. I chopped up the onions and put them in a paper bowl along with the oil and spices and cooked them, and they browned on their own, with no babysitting, while I cut up the pork.
Maybe I got a wee bit too much water in this dish because I was afraid to not put enough and burn a 2 pounds of pork, but I think you could get by with less, or you could turn it into a bit of a gravy dish and eat it over rice. I ate it plain so it would be low carb, and that worked well too.
Looking for more great Mexican recipes to check out? Give my Arroz Con Pollo a try! This Mexican chicken and rice dish is sure to make the whole family happy!
Another great Mexican dish is my Rajas con Crema y Elote. It's a great mix of poblano peppers, onions, and corn, cooked in the Instant Pot that's absolutely delicious!
Another great Mexican dish is my Instant Pot Mexican Ground Beef Casserole With Rice And Beans. It's a super family-friendly meal that you're going to love!
THIS PART IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKING A GOOD CARNE ADOVADA
Do not confuse Mexican chile powder with Cayenne pepper in this Instant Pot Carne Adovada. The Mexican version is blended with other spices such as cumin and other things. It's a rich flavor, but it's not pure heat like cayenne pepper will have. Even so, this is a richly-spiced pork stew, but try not to make it inedible by using the wrong kind of chili powder.
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- 1 ounce (28.35 g) Raisins
- 2 pounds (907.18 g) Boneless Pork Shoulder, cut into large pieces
- 1/4 cup (58 g) Fish Sauce
- 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Oil
- 1 cup (14 g) Red Onion. chopped, chopped
- 3 cloves (3 cloves ) Garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Kosher Salt
- 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Dried Oregano
- 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) Ancho Chile Powder
- 1 can (1 can) Chipotle Chile in Adobo Sauce
- 1/4 cup (0.03 g) Mexican Red Chili Powder, (NOT Cayenne, look for ones that have other spices blended)
- 1/2-3/4 (0.5 ) Water
- 1/2 teaspoon (1 tablespoon) Xanthan Gum, (or use a corn starch slurry)
- Place raisins into your blender jar, and cover with hot water while you get everything else ready.
- Place pork in your Instant Pot.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine oil, onions, garlic, salt, oregano, both chili powders, and canned chipotle chili, sauce from chili and cook it on high for 5-7 minutes, stirring once or twice.
- Pour this along with and cider vinegar and soy sauce or fish sauce into your blender jar with the raisins, and purée until smooth.
- Pour this mix onto your pork.
- Use the 1/2 cup of water to wash out your blender jar and pour this into the pot as well. Add another 1/4 cup water if you need to.
- Set your electric cooker on High Pressure for 20 minutes, and quickly release pressure when done.
- If you have too much liquid, either set your pot on sauté for 5-10 minutes to let some of it evaporate, sprinkle with xanthum gum to thicken while sautéeing, or make a slurry by mixing the cornstarch and the water, and pour into the pot. Let it boil and thicken.
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