Sweet Potato Pork Stew – Instant Pot & Slow Cooker!

Are you more a soup or stew person? Or do you not discriminate against a warm, comforting bowl of either? When I’m feeling under the weather and looking for something light, I am totally team soup. BUT, when it’s -15 degrees outside, I’m wearing pajamas at 6pm on a Tuesday, and looking for something warm that will fill me up, bring on the stew. Gimme chunky, hearty, and flavorful. Sweet Potato Pork Stew fits the bill.

Hearty and comforting. The jalapeños add a bit of spice to contrast the sweetness from the apples and sweet potatoes. Simple to make in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. Paleo friendly. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #whole30slowcooker #whole30instantpot #sweetpotatostew #whole30stew

Often you hear the question, Instant Pot or Slow Cooker? I hate that question. Why do I have to choose? To me, they serve very different purposes. Although most recipes can be made in both, their time and place varies. Up early before work or getting a start on dinner on Sunday morning? Slow cooker saves the day. Getting home after work with no food prepped? Instant Pot all the way.

Now I know that the Instant Pot technically has a slow cooking function. However, I much prefer my OG slow cooker.

Hearty and comforting. The jalapeños add a bit of spice to contrast the sweetness from the apples and sweet potatoes. Simple to make in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. Paleo friendly. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #whole30slowcooker #whole30instantpot #sweetpotatostew #whole30stew

What you’ll need:

  • Ground Pork
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Apples
  • Jalapeños
  • Onion
  • Thyme and a few other spices

Hearty and comforting. The jalapeños add a bit of spice to contrast the sweetness from the apples and sweet potatoes. Simple to make in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. Paleo friendly. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #whole30slowcooker #whole30instantpot #sweetpotatostew #whole30stew

I love the balance of this Sweet Potato Pork Stew. The jalapeños provide the perfect contrast to the sweetness of the apples and sweet potatoes. And the thyme adds the perfect subtle, dry aroma to the stew.

Hearty and comforting. The jalapeños add a bit of spice to contrast the sweetness from the apples and sweet potatoes. Simple to make in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. Paleo friendly. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #whole30slowcooker #whole30instantpot #sweetpotatostew #whole30stew

No matter if we’re using the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker method, we always start the same way. By browning our pork. Browning ground meat before using in either appliance is soooo important. This not only brings out the best flavors of the meat, but it keeps ground meat from lumping together. This applies to ground pork, ground beef, ground, chicken, or ground turkey. When in doubt, brown your meat.

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Sweet Potato Pork Stew
Hearty and comforting. The jalapeños add a bit of spice to contrast the sweetness from the apples and sweet potatoes. Simple to make in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. Paleo friendly. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com
Hearty and comforting. The jalapeños add a bit of spice to contrast the sweetness from the apples and sweet potatoes. Simple to make in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. Paleo friendly. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #whole30slowcooker #whole30instantpot #sweetpotatostew #whole30stew
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1/2 - 8 hours
Passive Time 0 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1/2 - 8 hours
Passive Time 0 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Hearty and comforting. The jalapeños add a bit of spice to contrast the sweetness from the apples and sweet potatoes. Simple to make in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. Paleo friendly. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #whole30slowcooker #whole30instantpot #sweetpotatostew #whole30stew
Instructions
Slow Cooker
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the pork, stirring and crumbling until no longer pink. This should take about 10 minutes. When cooked, use a slotted spoon to transfer to a large slow cooker. Your choice if you want to pour in the leftover fat from the pan. I'm a big proponent that fat=flavor, but taking. lighter route is good in my book too. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. The stew is done when the potatoes are tender to your liking. To thicken the stew, use a fork or potato masher to gently mash some of the potatoes.
  3. Serve and enjoy 🙂
Instant Pot
  1. Heat the Instant Pot to sauté on normal/medium. Add the pork and cook and crumble until no longer pink. This should take about 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients.
  2. Cook on low pressure for 10 minutes. Natural release for 5 minutes before quick releasing the remaining pressure. If liquid starts to spurt out of the release valve, allow to natural release for a few minutes more.
  3. To thicken the stew, use a fork or potato masher to gently mash some of the potatoes.
  4. Serve and enjoy 🙂
Recipe Notes

Leftover stew can be kept in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to 5 days.

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