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Delicious Instant Pot Chili Verde Keto Recipe

Our Instant Pot Chili Verde Keto recipe is a spicy, flavorful dinner that combines juicy pork meat with chicken broth, chili verde, and seasonings. Garnish and enjoy with a dollop of sour cream, fresh jalapeno slices, and crumbled queso cotijo cheese. You can enjoy it as a low carb Keto approved meal, or serve with your favorite sides like our Mexican cornbread, rolled into a homemade flour tortilla, and a cold Cadillac margarita.

Made as directed this is a Keto compliant, low carb, gluten free meal. Instant Pot chili verde is also an excellent filling for tacos, enchiladas, sliders and carnitas too. It can be made as spicy or mellow as desired, making it a very versatile recipe the whole family will enjoy.

Instant Pot Chili Verde
Instant Pot Chili Verde Keto Recipe is a delicious, simple dinner

The Instant Pot makes inexpensive tougher cuts of meat like pork shoulder very tender, flavorful and moist. This is a simple assemble and go recipe that is perfect for busy weeknights, hosting a crowd, or enjoying on a lazy weekend night. Instant Pot chili verde is one of our favorites for busy nights.

The process of pressure cooking has one huge advantage over all the other methods we have used to cook meat; the pressure drives the flavor of the sauce right into the meat. This creates a soft, fall apart texture that is juicy and delicious.

What is chili verde?

The direct translation is literally ‘green chili’. It is a Mexican stew made from a green chili pepper and tomatillo sauce, cooked with meat until it is fall apart tender and juicy. Pork is usually the meat of choice, but chicken is another popular option.

Keto Instant Pot chile verde can be made from scratch using fresh peppers, but we love the ease of a premade verde sauce. It takes this simple meal to the ultimate in recipe convenience while still delivering a scrumptious, flavorful meal.

What is chili verde made of?

Chili verde is a very simple Mexican dish made from a variety of peppers including poblanos, garlic, onions, and roasted tomatillos. The richness of the peppers paired with fresh aromatics create a deep flavor profile that elevates the sweet pork meat, or mild cuts of chicken.

Instant Pot chili verde is a very simple version of the classic Mexican dish.

Instant Pot Chili Verde

How do you eat chili verde?

Instant Pot chili verde makes a fantastic dish all on it’s own because it is high in protein, sustaining, and satisfying. However, it is also used as a base for carnitas, enchilads, and street tacos. The meat can be shredded and loaded into tortillas, casseroles, or virtually any presentation you desire.

Chili verde is simply the way the meat is seasoned and prepared. How you enjoy it, is entirely up to you.

Do you need to sear the meat for chili verde?

Searing the meat for Instant Pot chili verde is largely a personal choice and not necessary for this simple Instant Pot recipe. Searing or browning the meat will help to enhance the flavor. It creates a beautiful crust that locks in the natural juices of the meat, which will also keep the meat juicy and moist.

If you sear the meat beforehand, deglaze the pan with the salsa verde and chicken broth. This will bring in the tasty bits of chicken and help to liven up the dish.

Instant Pot Chili Verde Recipe

After you sear the meat, lock the lid and go visit with the family for an hour and let the pressure cooker do the work. Such a nice way to make dinner.

Jalapeño and cilantro are both very good garnishes to this meal if you have them. You can also top it with sour cream, queso cheese, and fresh pepper slices.


  • Cut up the pork and rub in the seasonings
  • Load the seasoned pork into the instant pot and brown it on all sides to really bring out the flavor of the meat
  • Pour in the two ingredient sauce and lock the lid
  • Serve with your favorite sides
Seasoned Cut Up Pork Shoulder
seasoned cut up pork shoulder

What are sides to serve with chili verde?

We love this flavorful dinner because it can be enjoyed all on it’s own as a low carb, high protein meal. However, it is also a wonderful main course for a Mexican dinner with a variety of scrumptious sides. Here are some of our favorite ideas for how to enjoy this Instant Pot green chile pork.

Instant Pot Chili Verde Keto Dinner
Yield: 4 servings

Instant Pot Chili Verde KETO Dinner

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Natural release time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

A wonderfully flavorful Mexican recipe the whole family will enjoy. KETO compliant and gluten free. This recipe can also be used to make a meat base for(not gluten free or KETO)tacos, burritos and enchiladas.


  • 2 lbs. boneless Pork shoulder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • avocado oil
  • 2 cups salsa verde
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • fresh cilantro and Jalapeño for garnish


Cut meat into several large pieces

rub the salt and pepper into the meat pieces.

Set the instant pot to sauté on high.

add the avocado oil.

Using tongs place the meat pieces into the instant pot so each piece of meat touches the hot bottom of the pot.

Mix the salsa and broth together and set aside.

Turn the meat as it browns until all sides are seared.

Pour the salsa mixture over the meat.

With the tongs move the meat pieces to unstick them from the pot bottom and completely coat the meat in the salsa verde. Press the cancel button.

Seal the locking lid on the instant pot and set the instant pot to manual high pressure for 55 minutes.

Once the instant pot is done. Natural release for ten minutes. Then quick release.

Serve the meat in chunks or shredded as you prefer.

Garnish with the peppers and cilantro.


Serve this recipe as a main entree or filling for your favorite taco, carnitas or enchiladas. As directed this recipe is KETO compliant.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 Cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 317Total Fat 12.5gSaturated Fat 3.3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 110mgCarbohydrates 6.6gFiber 2.6gSugar 1.6gProtein 42.9g

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