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Okay, it’s time for another #5ingredientwhole30. A series where I show you just how easy and delicious clean eating can be. With minimal ingredients, minimal effort and maximum flavor, this 5-Ingredient Green Chile Stew is going to be a new staple in these cold-weather months. 

5-Ingredient Green Chile Stew

First off, I already have a Green Chile Stew on the blog. It’s got more than 5 ingredients, but it’s still super easy to make. Take a look at that one and see if you’d prefer to make that; however, I will say this 5-Ingredient Green Chile Stew is just as yummy, and easier than ever to make! 

here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pork Roast
  • Yellow Onion
  • Jar of Hatch Green Chiles
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • Plus a few pantry staples and optional garnishes! Please note that as part of the #5ingredientwhole30 challenge, I do not count salt, pepper, oil, vinegar or some additional garnishes. They are, more or less, 5 ingredient meals that I hope inspire you to keep things simple and delicious in your kitchen.
5-Ingredient Green Chile Stew

Once you have all your ingredients gathered, this recipe is sure to come together quickly!

Step One: Prepare and sear the pork

To start this recipe, you will cut the pork, season with salt and pepper, then sear in the Instant Pot. Once browned, set aside! The pork will not be fully cooked through at this point.

5-Ingredient Green Chile Stew

Step Two: Sauté the Onion and Add All your ingredients into the Instant Pot

Once your onions are softened, add all of your ingredients into the skillet along with the seared pork. Secure the lid and seal on your Instant Pot then follow the directions below on how to set you Instant Pot then let it do its thing.

5-Ingredient Green Chile Stew

step three: release the pressure and enjoy!

Once the cook time is complete, release the pressure as directed below then you are ready to serve! You can enjoy this as-is with a wedge of lime, but if you have other groceries available, this is delicious as seen here with diced avocado, sliced radishes, cilantro and cotija cheese. But don’t forget to omit the cotija if you are doing a Whole30!

5-Ingredient Green Chile Stew

I hope y’all love this 5-Ingredient Green Chile Stew!

5-Ingredient Green Chile Stew
5 from 10 votes

5-Ingredient Instant Pot Green Chile Stew

Whole30, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb pork roast (can sub pork shoulder, butt or tenderloin here too)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked back pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin (optional)
  • 1 [16-ounce] jar of hatch green chiles (I use Medium spicy)
  • 1 lb Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)

Serving Options:

  • cilantro (optional for serving)
  • cubed avocado (optional for serving)
  • shredded cabbage (optional for serving)
  • cotija cheese (optional for serving, omit for Dairy-Free, Whole30, and Paleo)
  • grain-free tortilla chips (optional for serving, omit for Whole30 and Paleo)


  • Cut pork into 1/2-inch cubes and season with salt and pepper.
  • Turn the Instant Pot on to the 'saute' function and add the olive oil. When the oil starts to shimmer and the pot is hot, add the pork and brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. (You might need to do this in two batches to prevent overcrowding.) Set browned pork on aside on a clean plate.
  • With the Instant Pot still on the saute function, add your onions, garlic and cumin. Cook until onions begin to soften, about 4 minutes.
  • When the onions are softened, hit the 'cancel/keep warm' button on the Instant Pot. Add the browned pork back into the pot along with the cumin, jar of green chiles, potatoes, chicken broth and bay leaf. Stir to combine.
  • Secure the lid on your Instant Pot and make sure that the valve on the top is facing towards 'sealed.' Press the 'Meat/Stew' button and set the time to 35 minutes. Walk away from the Instant Pot and let it do its thing. When the cook time is complete, carefully release the pressure in the Instant Pot by turning the valve to 'vent.' Once all the pressure is released and there is no more steam coming out of the Instant Pot, carefully open the lid.
  • You can either serve as is, or garnish as desired! Cilantro leaves, shredded cabbage and diced avocado all goes well on top of the soup, but only if you have it around 😉 Enjoy!


Crockpot Method: Place all ingredients (minus the garnish) in a crockpot and stir to combine. Let cook on low for 8 hours, or until the pork is very fork tender. Serve as is, or garnish as desired!

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 4 people

Photography and Styling by Jess Gaertner Creative.

Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. Five ingredient green chile stew… looking at the list I do count 5 major ingredients however step one says sear pork tenderloin. That doesn’t seem to be in the list of what you will need! Love your recipes but thought you might want to check this out! And I will be making this —with pork!

  2. 5 stars
    Doubled the recipe in my 8 qt. Instant Pot and it came out delicious! Have made this a number of times but this last time, I added 2 cans of white hominy after the pressure cooking was complete and boiled it for another 10 minutes. Topped with shredded savory cabbage and radishes.

      1. 5 stars
        This was delicious. I used chicken instead of pork, skipped the browning step and did 20 minutes in the Instant Pot instead of 35. Also added some Hatch chili seasoning blend. Turned out perfectly!

  3. Hey there just have done this recipe with pork and loved but I wanted to substitute for chicken would that change the time ok cooking?

    1. Hi– yes you can definitely sub chicken in this recipe but i think you don’t need quite as much time, and you can drop the time to 20 minutes.

  4. 5 stars
    This is a new family favorite! I just got a new Wolf Slow Cooker, and used it instead of the InstantPot, and everyone absolutely loved it. Can’t get enough of those delicious 5 ingredient recipes. Thank you, Alex! 🙂

  5. My husband smoked a pork shoulder & I thought I’d just sauté it as you have in your instructions however if it’s already cooked will it be ‘overcooked’ if I just follow your instructions?

  6. I love green chili stew but I hate waiting for it to get ready! (I’m impatient and spoiled, what can I say?) This recipe has the taste of the slow cooked version but takes a fraction of the time. I love making chile cheese fries with this just like I get when I visit family in Denver. Thanks Alex!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made this a few times and it is so great! Don’t let the lack of reviews steer you away-everyone is probably too busy being in a food coma to remember to review. I make it as is in the crockpot because I don’t have a pressure cooker. Just amazing!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!