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Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork Tacos

    Pork shoulder is cooked in the instant pot with a sesame ginger sauce until tender in these crowd-pleasing Asian pork tacos. 

    Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork Tacos

    Asian food and Mexican food are two of my favorite cuisines so whenever I get the change to mash up the two, I’m all over it! Of course, a taco is the most natural medium for Asian-Latin fusion which is what inspired these Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork Tacos.

    Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe

    While you certainly could make these in the slow cooker, the Instant Pot does cut down on the overall cook time. It’s also great if you’re starting off with a frozen pork roast.

    Instant Pot Pork Tacos Recipe

    My kids love tacos but my husband isn’t a huge fan so he typically eats the pulled pork over brown rice. If you want to keep it low carb, I love eating it over a bowl of Asian Cabbage Slaw.

    Instant Pot Asian Tacos Recipe

    The pork is tender, juicy and scented with toasted sesame oil and ginger. For maximum flavor, lightly toast your corn tortillas over an open flame. Sprinkle with lime juice before serving and you’re good to go.

    No forks required.

    Instant Pot Asian Pork Tacos Recipe

    Instant Pot Asian Pork Tacos

    4 stars average
    Pork shoulder is cooked in the instant pot with a sesame ginger sauce until tender in these crowd-pleasing Asian pork tacos. 
    PREP: 15 mins
    COOK: 1 hr 30 mins
    TOTAL: 1 hr 45 mins
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    Servings: 6

    Ingredients
     

    • 2 pound pork shoulder (boneless)
    • ½ cup warm water
    • ¼ cup soy sauce (low sodium)
    • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
    • 2 tablespoons Nakano Natural Rice Vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1 tablespoon ginger (minced)
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
    • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon chili paste (optional )
    • corn tortillas, shredded cabbage, cilantro, minced onion (optional to serve)

    Instructions
     

    • Place pork shoulder in the bottom of the liner pot. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sauce: water through chili paste. Pour mixture over the pork.
    • Close the lid, make sure the vent is closed then press “MEAT/STEW”. Once the timer goes off, release the pressure naturally using NPR. This may take up to 30 minutes.
    • Remove pork from pot and shred with two forks. Serve with warm corn tortillas, shredded cabbage, minced onion and cilantro.

    Notes

    Nutrition facts do not include tortillas or garnish as those will vary by brand and type.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 20gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 838mgPotassium: 438mgSugar: 4gVitamin A: 80IUVitamin C: 2.5mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1.9mg

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    15 Comments

    1. Roxanne Komomua-Ingram

      When I printed the recipe, it says “prep time- 15 mins; NPR could take 30 mins; total cook time is 1 hour 45 mins”, so I figure the time in the Instant pot is an hour on the Meat/Stew setting.

    2. Hi you’re recipe says to put it on meat/stew setting, but there is not a time designated for how long it should be in the instant pot before releasing the pressure. What is the cook time?

      1. Roxanne Komomua-Ingram

        When I printed the recipe, it says “prep time- 15 mins; NPR could take 30 mins; total cook time is 1 hour 45 mins”, so I figure the time in the Instant pot is an hour on the Meat/Stew setting.

    3. These look so good, love tacos. I’m on the fence with getting an instant pot because I have a slow cooker. Would you say the texture of the meat is the same as if cooked in a slow cooker? Thanks.

    4. I don’t have an actual “Instant Pot” pressure cooker, but another brand that I actually have to set the time for. I don’t have a “meat/stew” setting. how long should I cook the pork for? Keep up the great recipes and the travel posts Liz.

        1. Great! you have a pressure cooker that saves loads of cooking time, and here’s a pressure cooker recipe, but instead of knowing how long to leave it in there, “use the slow cooker for hours, because I don’t know how to write a pressure cooker recipe with all the details”. That’s a bad answer. It’s been a few months. Maybe make it again, so you can figure out how long to leave it in the pressure cooker. Crazy idea.

          1. Hi Cidny, Each pressure cooker has varying instructions so I can possibly tell you how long to use it for every single one out there. The best tip is to use the “Meat/Stew” setting. Is that helpful at all? Btw there’s no reason to be sarcastic. :) I’m a human being just like you – no need to hide behind a computer and be rude. Happy New Year!

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