Instant Pot Jambalaya

If you would like, you can add or substitute some cooked shrimp at the end of cooking.  We don’t normally have it on hand, so I left it out of the recipe.

Instant Pot Jambalaya
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Jambalaya
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Press saute on Instant Pot and wait until it says "HOT".
  2. Add oil to inner pot, along with chicken and sausage. Cook until chicken is done, about 5 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Add onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Cook and stir until onion is translucent. Add additional oil as needed.
  4. If there is anything stuck to the bottom of the pan, add a little water to deglaze before continuing on.
  5. Add remaining ingredients. Put lid on and set to "Sealing". Cook at high pressure for 7 minutes.
  6. Let pressure naturally release for at least 10 minutes before manually releasing remaining pressure.
  7. This was very good served with Cholula hot sauce and Monterey Jack cheese. (Probably not authentic, but good anyway.)
Recipe Notes
Emeril's Essence Creole Seasoning:

2 1/2 T. paprika
2 T. salt
2 T. garlic powder
1 T. black pepper
1 T. onion powder
1 T. cayenne pepper
1 T. dried oregano
1 T. dried thyme
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Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Fast, Easy and Delicious!

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
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8 servings
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Servings
8 servings
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
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Servings
8 servings
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Servings
8 servings
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Taco Seasoning
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put water in bottom of 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot.
  2. Put chicken pieces directly into the water inside the Instant Pot. Add cilantro and lime juice.
  3. Combine seasoning ingredients and add to chicken.
  4. Close and seal lid. Cook on high pressure for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes after cooking is done.
  6. Open lid and remove chicken breasts. Shred and add to tortillas, salads, rice, nachos or whatever you want, with your favorite toppings.
Recipe Notes

I used chicken breasts.  3 of them weighed 2 lbs.  20 minutes seemed about right for that size of breasts, but it was a little on the dry side.

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Chili Without Beans

I made this to use in a chili cheese dip:  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/chili-cheese-dip/

I learned that this is a Texas style chili because it has no beans.  Personally, I prefer my chili with beans, but this works fantastic in this dip!

Chili Without Beans
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Chili Without Beans
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown beef with onions, sweet pepper, jalapenos and garlic in the oil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for a couple of hours. Add water as needed for the consistency that you desire.
  2. Serve with desired condiments: corn chips, cheese, sour cream, green onions, cilantro, etc.
Recipe Notes

If you don't have beef base, just use beef broth in place of the beef base and water.  Just read ingredients first if you have food allergies!

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Chili Cheese Dip

I used to make this recipe for parties a lot!:  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/chili-dip/  It was super fast and easy.

However, when I found out that I had wheat and soy allergies, I could no longer make it because every single canned chili I can find has soy (along with a lot of preservatives) in it!  I am also not a big fan of Velveeta because it is so processed.  So I came up with this recipe as a replacement and it is even better, although obviously not as easy!  It is still not too difficult though.  I will certainly be making it again!

If you would rather used canned chili for the convenience, just use 3 cans of chili in this recipe.  Or, if you have a favorite chili recipe (with or without beans), substitute about 6-7 cups of that for this chili.

Chili Cheese Dip
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Servings Prep Time
30 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
30 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Chili Cheese Dip
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Servings Prep Time
30 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
30 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
Chili with no beans
  1. In a large, deep pot, brown ground beef, onion, sweet pepper, garlic, and jalapeno in the oil.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except cheese and cream. Simmer for a couple of hours until it is cooked down and quite thick.
Dip
  1. Add cheeses to the chili. Stir over medium or low-medium heat to melt the cheeses. Add a little heavy cream for a better texture.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips. I garnished mine with cilantro. My husband liked it even better with the cilantro.
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Pork Carnitas

These are even better the second day!

Pork Carnitas
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Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Pork Carnitas
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Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Combine the cumin, oregano, black pepper, and salt. Rub all over the pork roast. Place the pork in slow cooker (fat side up); spread onion, jalapeno pepper, garlic and cilantro all around it. Combine orange juice concentrate and lime juice and pour around the roast. Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or on high for 6 hours. The meat should be very tender and falling apart. Remove from the crock pot and let cool. Shred the pork using an electric mixer. Place meat back into juices and refrigerate until the next day (for best results). Reheat the following day in the juices and use as desired.
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Taco Omelette

This is a good way to use up your leftover taco meat. This is the recipe I use.  Make sure that if you want gluten-free or soy-free to check the labels carefully before buying any taco seasoning in the store.

Taco Omelette
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Taco Omelette
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Suggested Garnishes
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Heat small skillet and add 1/2 T. butter. While that is heating, beat 2 eggs with heavy cream and salt & pepper. When pan is heated, add egg mixture. When omelette edges start to set up, lift edge with spatula while tipping pan so raw egg goes underneath. Continue going around the pan, lifting and tipping, until eggs are cooked through. Sprinkle some shredded cheese and taco meat on one side of cooked eggs. Fold edge without toppings over and carefully slide out of skillet onto serving dish. Garnish as desired.
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Tacos

This is the best recipe for taco seasoning I have ever tried! It cooks in about 30 minutes.  This also makes a great nacho!

Tacos
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Tacos
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook ground beef, crumbling as it cooks. While that is cooking, combine dry ingredients. Add seasonings to skillet with cilantro, lime juice and water.
  2. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. We like to use fresh corn tortillas and cook them on a greased griddle until they are soft and starting to turn brown. Suggested garnishes include: cheese, fresh, chopped cilantro, sliced green onion, salsa, chopped lettuce, chopped tomato or guacamole.
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Hot Sausage & Cheddar Cheese Meatballs

These can be quite spicy, depending on the heat of the jalapenos you use.  You have the option of using cream cheese in the meatballs or an egg.  The egg version seems to be a lot hotter than the cream cheese. However, both have a very nice flavor.

I have used Bob Evans Naturally! in this recipe because it is free of sodium nitrites and MSG.

Hot Sausage & Cheddar Cheese Meatballs
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The combination of Breakfast Sausage and cheddar cheese mixed with jalapenos makes a delicious appetizer that will wake up your taste buds!
Servings Prep Time
30 meatballs 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
30 meatballs 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Hot Sausage & Cheddar Cheese Meatballs
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The combination of Breakfast Sausage and cheddar cheese mixed with jalapenos makes a delicious appetizer that will wake up your taste buds!
Servings Prep Time
30 meatballs 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
30 meatballs 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: meatballs
Instructions
  1. Prepare baking pan by lining with foil, then topping with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl.  Combine with mixer.  Shape into meatballs using small cookie scoop. Bake at 375 degrees F and bake for 15 minutes. My oven has a speed bake option and I use it for these.  You may have to bake for an additional 5 minutes or so if you do not have that option.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

It would be a good idea, after mixing the ingredients, to make a meatball-sized patty and fry it in a skillet to see if you would like to add more jalapenos or other spices.

These can be made up ahead of time and frozen in an airtight container before baking.  Then remove from freezer, thaw and bake when needed.

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