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Seared, seasoned pork chops and baked beans cooked in the Instant Pot make for a quick and delicious dinner. The pork chops are cooked to golden, crispy perfection and are served alongside deliciously sweet and savory baked beans. Serve this meal with some fresh fruit or vegetables on the side and you have a hearty and nutritious dinner!
Ingredients for Pork Chops and Baked Beans
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- medium thick boneless pork chops
- Italian seasoning
- olive oil
- yellow onion
- pinto beans
- kidney beans
- white beans
- brown sugar
- bbq sauce
- yellow mustard
- chili powder
- cayenne powder
- garlic powder
- salt and pepper
How to Make Pork Chops and Baked Beans
This recipe comes together in just about half an hour. First, season the pork chops with the spices. Add the pork chops to a large skillet on the stove with some oil, and cook on each side for a few minutes, or until the outside is golden brown and a nice crust forms.
Once the internal temperature reaches 140℉, the pork chops are done and you can put them on a plate to rest. Let them rest there for 5 minutes before serving or cutting.
For the beans, add all of the ingredients into the Instant Pot (if you don’t have one you need one!) and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Do a natural pressure release for 5 minutes.
Plate up the beans and the pork chops and enjoy! I like to serve this meal with a side of fruit, or a side salad.
Natural Release vs Quick Release
The Instant Pot is one of my favorite kitchen tools because it cooks things so quickly. It’s able to cook things in little time because it builds up tons of pressure inside and allow foods to cook more quickly at lower temperatures. Once your food is done cooking, you have two options for how to release the pressure before you open it up: natural release or quick release.
A natural release simply means the Instant Pot sits for a few minutes after cooking and releases pressure slowly. After the cooking time has elapsed, let the Instant Pot sit, still plugged in, and let the pressure release slowly. For this recipe, you only need to let it sit for five minutes before opening it up.
The valve at the top of your Instant Pot allows for a quick release. If you don’t want to wait, you can flick the switch and let the steam out of the top. Be careful when doing this, as the steam can be extremely hot and might burn you. Doing a quick release can also cause some foods to become tough. If the recipe specifies a natural release, be sure to follow the instructions.