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Instant Pot Aloha Tacos Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This Aloha Tacos recipe is my go-to for a quick, tropical twist on dinner. Sweet pineapple, savory pork, and a kick of ginger - it's a luau in a tortilla!

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Get ready friends, we're about to put a tropical twist on your taco night with these instant pot aloha tacos. Picture succulent pieces of pork shoulder, sweet pineapple chunks and crispy bell peppers, all packed into a warm tortilla. Every bite is a flavor-packed party in your mouth! Ditch the usual menu, we're going Hawaiian tonight.

Ingredients for Delicious Aloha Tacos

  • Pork shoulder: Tender and flavorful meat that adds richness to the dish, perfect for absorbing the sweet and savory flavors.
  • Pineapple chunks: Adds a tropical sweetness and tanginess to the dish, balancing the savory flavors of the pork and vegetables.
  • Red bell pepper: Provides a pop of color, sweetness, and crunch, complementing the other ingredients with its fresh flavor.
  • Onion: Adds depth of flavor and sweetness when caramelized, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
  • Garlic: Infuses a rich, aromatic flavor into the dish, elevating the savory profile with its pungent taste.
  • Soy sauce: Adds umami depth and saltiness to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile with its savory notes.
  • Brown sugar: Balances out the savory and salty flavors with a touch of sweetness, creating a harmonious blend of tastes.
  • Ground ginger: Provides a warm and earthy flavor, adding a hint of spice and depth to the dish's overall taste.

Essential Tools for Making Instant Pot Tacos

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pork quickly and infusing flavors for a tender and flavorful result.
  • Knife: Needed for dicing the pork shoulder, slicing the vegetables, and preparing all ingredients for the recipe.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 1 lb pork shoulder, diced
  • 1 can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • Optional toppings: cilantro, lime wedges, jalapenos


  1. Season the diced pork shoulder with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and brown the pork shoulder in batches. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, sauté the garlic, onion, and red bell pepper until softened.
  4. Add the browned pork back to the pot and stir in the soy sauce, brown sugar, ground ginger, and pineapple chunks.
  5. Close the Instant Pot lid, set to high pressure for 15 minutes, then do a quick release.
  6. Serve the Aloha pork in warm tortillas with your favorite toppings.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 450 kcal | Carbohydrates: 45 g | Protein: 20 g | Total Fat: 20 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 60 mg | Sodium: 800 mg | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 20 g | Calcium: 100 mg | Potassium: 450 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Vitamin A: 200 µg | Vitamin C: 30 mg

Tips for Prepping and Storing Aloha Tacos

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the aloha pork according to the recipe.
  • Let the pork cool completely.
  • Store the cooked pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the aloha pork according to the recipe.
  • Allow the pork to cool completely.
  • Place the pork in a freezer-safe container or bag, removing as much air as possible.
  • Label the container with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

One interesting fact about this instant pot aloha tacos recipe is that you can use the leftover pineapple juice from the can to add a sweet and tangy flavor to the pork mixture while cooking in the instant pot. It enhances the overall taste of the dish and reduces food waste.

Common Questions About Making Instant Pot Aloha Tacos

Can I use a different type of meat for these tacos?
Yes, you can substitute the pork shoulder with chicken, beef, or even tofu for a different twist on these tacos.
How spicy are these tacos?
These tacos are not very spicy as the heat level can be adjusted by adding or omitting jalapenos as a topping.
Can I make these tacos vegetarian?
Absolutely! Simply omit the pork and add more vegetables or a meat substitute for a delicious vegetarian version.
How long does it take to cook these tacos in the Instant Pot?
The cooking time in the Instant Pot is 15 minutes on high pressure, but remember to account for the time it takes for the pot to come to pressure.
Are these tacos kid-friendly?
Yes, these tacos are kid-friendly. You can adjust the flavors to suit your family's taste preferences, making them a great option for a family meal.

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