Our southwest seasoning blend uses common seasonings already in your pantry. How easy is that?
The Instant Pot allows for some really quick delicious meals and pork chops are no exception! We live busy lives (as I am sure you do as well). Anything I can do to shave off a little bit of time from my daily routine I am all over it. If it is super delicious, that is an even bigger win! So, southwest pork chops and gravy in the Instant Pot are a must cook.
As you can imagine, being parents of young kids equals many nights where we play “will they eat it”. I know the moment we opened the Instant Pot that the kids would both love these chops. There isn’t anything like the kids eating all of their dinner we set in front of them.
Add all of the southwest rub ingredients to a bowl and like Bob Marley always used to say, “Stir it Up!”
Generously cover all sides of the pork chops with the southwest rub. We use all of the rub made except a tablespoon we save for the gravy. I often times forget to save a little bit of rub. The gravy is still amazing when I do forget to add it. The browning that we scrape from the pot bottom does a good job on its own.
Once the pork chops are covered in southwest seasoning, it’s time to brown the pork chops. Press sauté on your instant pot. Wait for the pot to get HOT. Then you can add a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
You can pull the pot out of the instant pot and swirl the oil around to cover the bottom. The top rim of the pot will not be hot yet.
In our 8 quart instant pot, we can brown two pork sirloin chops at a time. You do not want to over crowd them.
Use long tongs to set two pork chops into the instant pot. Let the pork chops brown for 3 minutes on the first side. Use long tongs and flip the pork chops over. Brown the other side for 2 minutes and 45 seconds. Use a kitchen timer to be exact. The pot gets quite a bit hotter as it goes.
Place two pork chops into the instant pot. Let the first side brown for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Flip the pork chops over. Let the other side brown for 2 minutes and 15 seconds. Move the browned pork chops to the plate with the other browned pork chops.
Cancel Sauté at any time if the pot is getting to hot. Let the pot cool a bit and turn it back on as needed to finish browning all of the pork chops. When the pork chops are all browned, cancel sauté. We had a total of 5 pork sirloin chops. We reduced each browning time by 15 seconds for each flip to compensate for the pot that gets hotter and hotter and hotter.
The Instant Pot bottom should be black with burned southwest pork chop browning. Add one and a half cups of water to the instant pot. It’s going to steam up, be careful.
You can see the browning is very water soluble. It dissolves fairly easily with the pour of the water.
It makes a pretty exciting hiss as you pour the water in.
Use a flat wooden spatula to scrape the bottom of the instant pot completely clean. It’s pretty easy. You now have a roasted southwest flavored water. If you did save a tablespoon of southwest seasoning, add it to the water in the instant pot.
Add 2 teaspoons of chicken bouillon to the southwest seasoned water. Then stir to dissolve it all into the water.
Place the browned southwest pork chops into the broth in the instant pot. Overlap one end of each pork chop with the last pork chop so an end touches the broth if possible. No big deal if they all do not get a piece in the broth.
Put the instant pot lid on, seal it up. Press the Pressure Cook button. Adjust the cook time to 7 minutes.
The instant pot will take 10 – 15 minutes to build pressure. Then the cook time will begin. The instant pot will beep at you when the seven minute of pressure cooking are finished.
Release the pressure and remove the lid after the pin drops.
Use long tongs to remove the pork chops from the instant pot. Stack the Southwest Pork Chops on a plate.
Make a tent out of aluminum foil to keep the pork chops covered while we make our gravy.
Use a gravy whisk to whisk the cornstarch slurry into the fluid left in the instant pot.
The gravy will take about 4 or 5 minutes to thicken.
Stir often until the gravy boil is velvety. Cancel the sauté function.
Place a Southwest Pork Chop on a plate next to your favorite sides. Preferably sides that will take a good dose of southwest gravy. Like sweet onions, red bell peppers, and golden potato wedges roasted in the air fryer.
Use a ladle to pour mouthwatering southwest gravy all over your perfectly seasoned southwest pork chops. I recommend watching the process in my quick how to make Southwest Pork Chops in the Instant Pot recipe show so you can be inspired by the gravy flowing over the pork chop. It’ll bring a tear to your eye it’s so beautiful.
My favorite sides to go with Southwest Pork Chops are roasted sweet onions, red bell peppers, and potato wedges. They all take gravy very well. We normally have a salad to even things out.
Remember, almost all recipes can be adjusted (ours and others). If you find this recipe to have a bit too much “heat” skip the cayenne pepper. You can also go the opposite direction (add heat) by using an extra 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon more of cayenne pepper.