Restaurant style Mexican Rice is my favorite side dish with Mexican food and it's so easy in the Instant Pot!

Restaurant Style Mexican Rice – Instant Pot

No matter where you are, you hit up a Mexican restaurant and you get that red rice as a side. Some are better than others, but still it’s always there. And I don’t know about you, but sometimes I want that restaurant style Mexican rice at home, you know, when I’m making wet burritos, or lengua tacos, or carnitas. I typically make a version of Mexican rice on the stove, but have been trying to come up with the most perfect, restaurant-like version in the Instant Pot. Because let me tell you, on the stove it takes a bit of…

Flavor Bomb Barbacoa - Tender, shredded beef cooked in a flavor bomb sauce. In the Instant Pot, or any pressure cooker, you can have barbacoa any time you want!

Flavor Bomb Barbacoa – Instant Pot

Flavor bomb barbacoa – right in your Instant Pot. Taco Tuesday will never be the same! Ready to get bombed? No, not like that – put away that Jager. I’m talking about a bomb in your mouth. A barbacoa bomb. Honestly, now that I’m looking at that in the written word, a barbacoa bomb does not actually sound that appealing. Anyway… But this flavor bomb barbacoa is! Trust me. Now, I’m sure if you’re here looking at this recipe, you’re interested in barbacoa in your pressure cooker and you’re not a keyboard cook. However, if you are a keyboard cook,…

Looking to switch up your oatmeal game? Cheesy Oatmeal in the Instant Pot will make you a believer in breakfast again! 14 minutes to start your day right!

Cheesy Savory Oatmeal – Instant Pot

For some of you, this cheesy savory oatmeal may be hard to wrap your head around. Or maybe it just sounds weird. I’ve been there and I’ve heard it all before… Oatmeal is supposed to be sweet. It’s supposed to be topped with berries and fresh whipped cream, or smothered in peanut butter with walnuts and maple syrup on top, or come in little bitty packets loaded with sugar and who knows what. I know, I’ve been there. Actually, that’s not entirely true. Before savory oatmeal came into my life I hated oatmeal. But now I love it. It makes…

Beefy ravioli soup is like a warm hug at the end of a busy, cold day. It's so easy in your Instant Pot. Serve with warm crusty bread and you're golden!

Beefy Ravioli Soup – Instant Pot

Beefy ravioli soup will quickly become one of your go-to meals and is kid approved! I hear it’s “soup season”. Yeah, it’s true and to be honest, I never knew there was a “soup season”. Is that even an official season or what? Apparently, you guys are cold and want soup. That’s what I keep reading, anyway. We always have soup – winter, summer, spring and fall and it’s always on Sundays because in my house, Sunday is also known as “Souper Sunday”. Management loves any kind of soup. I’m sure if you add some broth to rocks and simmer…

Brunswick Stew

I can’t think of anything better than a hot bowl of Brunswick stew and warm cornbread on a chilly winter’s day. Packed with smoked meats and BBQ sauce, it gives you that BBQ/smoked feel but in a bowl. Plus, it allows me to make use of all that leftover smoked meat I typically have. Since it’s usually just the wife and I, we often have left over pork butt, brisket, smoked turkey and rotisserie chicken. We just save the bits and bobs – even ribs – to throw in a big pot of Brunswick stew. If you don’t have bits…

Homemade Canadian Bacon

Homemade Canadian Bacon

I tried my hand at making homemade Canadian bacon! Yes! It came out brilliantly! It’s the perfect recipe if you want to get into curing and don’t want a huge time commitment or if you just want the best damned Canadian bacon on the planet! Bold statement, but true. At least I think so. When I told my wife I wanted to make some homemade Canadian bacon, I saw her soul die a little bit. She hates Canadian bacon. But I finally convinced her to give up a little bit of room in the fridge for a few days to…

Tender, juicy carnitas in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker! Simple ingredients with a special ingredient to finish them off!

Instant Pot Carnitas

Crazy delicious and easy Instant Pot Carnitas will satisfy all your carnitas needs! Carnitas, carnitas, what is it about carnitas? They’re just so…delicious! The pork is just so tender and flavorful! That and they satisfy my taco cravings. But carnitas takes time. I like to do them outside on my disco when the weather allows or throw them in my slow cooker, but still…time. Now that the Instant Pot has seeped its way into your life and taken over everything, time is not an obstacle! These Instant Pot carnitas will forever change the way you eat. No, not really, but…

Corny cornbread dressing! The secret ingredient? CORN NUTS!!!

Corny Cornbread Dressing

Corny cornbread dressing? What the? You heard right. Dressing, stuffing, whatever you call it, it’s that deliciousness that sits up next to your turkey for Thanksgiving. Everyone has their very own version. Some make it with cornbread (hey my Southern peeps!), some make it with bread, or some make it with rice (those couyons in Louisiana!) but it’s necessary. I mean, you just have to have some sort of dressing/stuffing for Thanksgiving. Aside from my mom’s cornbread dressing, which she made with pure love, this corny cornbread dressing is my favorite. It’s way more “intensive” than my mom’s – she…

Crawfish etouffee is so easy to make at home. You don't have to get down to Louisiana to have this delicious treat. You can have it anytime! Be sure to find yourself some Louisiana crawfish!

Crawfish Étouffée

Get some Louisiana crawfish etouffee in your belly! It’s too easy and too delicious not to! Crawfish étouffée is one of those quintessential Louisiana dishes. You can find it in fine dining restaurants, mom and pop restaurants, and in your neighbor’s house. It’s everywhere and it’s beloved. Like most Louisiana dishes, crawfish étouffée can be really good or really bad. And to be honest, some of the worst that I’ve eaten is at fine dining restaurants and the best seems to be at someone’s house. Peasant food is best made by peasants, not fancy New York chefs, you know what…

Wendy's Chili - Instant Pot - Why go to Wendy's to get who knows what in your chili? It's too easy to make it at home with simple, whole ingredients!

Wendy’s Chili – Instant Pot

Wendy’s chili has been a go-to item for me since, well forever. As long as I can remember. (Which admittedly, with my memory, may not be as long as one would assume.) I’ve always been completely happy running to the corner to get a large chili and a couple packets of their salty, delicious chili sauce. That was before the wife became a fan. Just in this last year, she’s finally tasted the chili. How can one, in 43 years of life, never had Wendy’s chili? I don’t know, I digress. She got it on the taco salad, which is…