Have you joined the crowd and purchased a multi-cooker? I have! I don’t know what I ever did without this little wonder. There are several brands, including one sold on TV, but the most well-known is the Instant Pot. I bought a Magic Chef and it is exactly the same. Aside from making sure that the one you purchase has the features you require, the most important thing to remember is that all brands have a removable, inner pot. Some, such as the Instant Pot and the Magic Chef, have a stainless steel pot, while other brands have a non-stick pot. I understand the allure of the non-stick, but I have heard several accounts of the Teflon coating peeling off into the food, so you might want to think about that before making a purchase.
Because so many have purchased the Instant Pot, it has become almost a generic term at this point. You know, like saying, “You want a Coca-Cola?” when you’re actually just offering a soft drink. I don’t know; maybe it’s a Southern thang. Anyhoo, because so many say Instant Pot for all brands, I decided to use #InstantPot in the title. This recipe should work with any basic multi-cooker, though.
There are websites and Facebook groups dedicated to cooking with one, and I recommend checking them out. They are especially good when you’re a newbie. We have had ours long enough that it’s time to move away from the safe recipes and start adapting our favorites to use in the multi-cooker. So, I give you my adaptation of Carne Guisada.
Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Carne GuisadaIngredients:
- 3 lbs. beef stew meat
- 4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 packet Sazon
- 2 Tbsp Adobo
- 2 Tbsp onion powder
- 2 Tbsp garlic powder
- 3-5 potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 3 carrots, diced
- 3 stalks of celery, diced
- 8 oz. Goya Spanish-style tomato sauce
- 2 C beef brothDirection:
- Toss meat with 2 Tbsp olive oil and dry seasonings. Set in refrigerator at least 1 hour (overnight is better).
- Pour 2 Tbsp olive oil in inner pot; brown meat on Sear/Saute setting (depends on brand of cooker).
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Cook on Manual for 35 minutes.
- Allow NPR for 5 minutes, then do QR.
- Serve with white rice.
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Until next time, Happy Cooking! :)
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