Southwest Pork Chops and Gravy in the Instant Pot

Southwest Pork Chops and Gravy in the Instant Pot

The Instant Pot allows for some really quick 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! Knowing all of that? Southwest pork chops (and gravy) in the Instant Pot are a must cook.

Southwest Pork Chops in the Instant Pot – An Instant Hit!

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 kid would both love these chops. As I’ve said in (probably) every post we live small. That means that smells live big (haha). I absolutely would make these again just to have our entire home smell delicious.

The perfect sides

I should add, if you are looking for sides to this main dish, salad and veggies paired perfectly. All things considered, I would 100% use a salad with “fruit” undertones. Our dressing had blueberry notes and the contrast between the southwest ham and the fruity sweet salad was amazing. A perfect pair. We tend to always have vegetables with dinner with just some salt and pepper on top. They really are a wonderful addition that completes the meal.

Instant Pot Southwest Pork Chops
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Southwest Pork Chops with Gravy in the Instant Pot

Incredibly flavored pork sirloin chops covered in a homemade southwest seasoning and pressure cooked in the instant pot with a gravy made from the sauce left in the pan. This is an easy recipe that will guide you through cooking pork chops that are packed with sharp peppery flavors that will ignite your taste buds. The gravy makes itself with a little help from you at the end to get it to your perfect consistency.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Gravy Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5
Cost: $10


  • Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)


  • SouthWest Seasoning Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Granulated Garlic Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Granulated Onion Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper Fresh cracked prefered
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne
  • Other Ingredients
  • 3 lbs Pork Loin Assorted Chops or Pork Loin Sirloin Chops
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 2 tsp Chicken Bullion
  • 4 Tbsp Cold Water slurry
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch slurry


  • Mix southwest seasoning in a bowl and generously cover pork chops on both sides
  • Press saute on the instant pot
  • When the instant pot is "HOT" add 2 Tbsp olive oil and using tongs place two or three pork chops into the instant pot not to over crowd the pot
  • Brown pork chops for two minutes, flip using tongs, brown for another 2 minutes and move pork chops to a plate
  • Add another 2 Tbsp of olive oil and repeat until all pork chops are browned on both sides but reduce your brown time about 15-30 seconds per batch because the instant pot will get hotter as you go
  • Add 1 & 1/2 cups of water to the instant pot and using a wooden spatula, scrape all the burned browning from the bottom (it comes off easily with a little scraping)
  • Cancel Saute
  • Add 2 tsp chicken bullion and 1 tsp of the southwest seasoning if you have any left
  • Stir the broth well and using tongs, place all of the pork chops into the broth over lapping the edge of each chop to form a circular stack
  • Put your lid on, seal the pressure release valve, and pressure cook for 7 minutes
  • Before your 7 minutes are up, mix 2 Tbsp of cornstarch with 4 Tbsp water to make your slurry
  • After the 7 minutes are finished, release the pressure release valve and remove your lid when the pin has dropped
  • Use tongs to carefully move the pork chops to a plate and cover pork chops with aluminum foil
  • Cancel pressure cook and press saute
  • Stir your slurry into the broth in the instant pot (I use my gravy whisk
  • Let the gravy develop into a boil and stir your broth
  • After the gravy boil starts back up and looks about like a boiling velvet, cancel your saute, the gravy is ready
  • Plate your pork chops, cover them in plenty of gravy, serve with roasted vegetables, potatoes, a salad, or rice
  • Enjoy your SouthWest Pork Chops


Additional Notes

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.

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One Comment on “Southwest Pork Chops and Gravy in the Instant Pot

  1. Made these tonight for dinner. So easy to make and oh so good. The gravy made this dish drool-worth. My picky 7 yo daughter loved it. I will be adding this recipe to my rotation. Thank you!

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