Simply Healthy Family: Pressure Cooker Enchiladas Verdes {Green Chile Enchiladas}


Pressure Cooker Enchiladas Verdes {Green Chile Enchiladas}

Pressure cookers have come a long way in the last decade. If you thought you could only cook beans, rice or pot roast in a pressure cooker, think again. Everything from boiled eggs, cheesecake and even enchiladas can be made entirely in a pressure cooker!

I spent my day today at a new job. After 20 years in the same profession it's hard to stick your foot in a new door. Sometimes however, change is a very good thing, detrimental even to your well being and happiness however hard it may be to be the new kid on the block. 

I've learned to listen to that nagging feeling I sometimes have deep down inside that tells me to seek opportunity elsewhere, to actively do something about situations that I have control over and to acknowledge the fact that sometimes the grass actually is greener on the other side of the hill. Life is just too short to be miserable or even unsatisfied. 

This, apparently is what happens when you turn 40. Mid Life crisis or epiphany?

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So after 13 years working in trauma centers and 7 years at a somewhat smaller and much less financially gratifying hospital I've snuggled my way into a  per diam outpatient surgery center job. It's a culture shock to say the least. So far everyone seems....... happy, content, pleasant. 

Welcome to Pleasantville, occupation plus 1.

Arriving at my front door just in time for my new found, simpler, happier life was this Electric, Power Pressure Cooker XL ........ aka, "The Insta Pot" BomBomBoommmmm!!!!

Hellooooooo Easy Living!

My husband walked in the door from work, took one look at my new kitchen toy and said
  "Hey, even I could work this thing!"

It's actually pretty impressive. You plug it in, push one of the many pre-set options depending on what you're making and walk away. I was moved from impressed to stunned with the "adjust as you please" button. After all, Enchiladas Verdes was not a pre-set option. The included mini cookbook however did include a lasagna recipe which suggested starting with the "soup" option and adjusting accordingly and worked like a charm with these enchiladas.

Another feature I really loved was that when the pre-set timer was done this thing actually turned itself into "Warm Mode"!  I'm sorry, you mean I don't have to run down stairs and shut it off before it explodes?


I made these enchiladas vegetarian with some of our favorite in season vegetables. 
Feel free to add cooked chicken if you please. 

TIME          30 MINUTES   (with home made tortillas)            SERVES          6


1 recipe for home made corn tortillas (If you have an extra 10 minutes I implore you to sub these for the cardboard flavored store bought variety!)

2 large zucchini, chopped

2 cups crimini mushrooms, chopped

1 poblano pepper roasted and chopped (or 1 small can roasted green chilies)

1- 28 oz can green chile enchilada sauce

3 cups colby jack cheese, shredded

1 large yellow onion

1 teaspoon cumin powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt


sliced avocado
sliced green onion
cilantro, chopped
sour cream


Saute onion and mushroom in a cast iron skillet till browned. Remove from heat and set aside. Add chopped zucchini to skillet and sprinkle with cumin and salt. Cook 3-5 minutes until browned.  In the bottom of the inner pot from the pressure cooker, pour 1 cup enchilada sauce. Place 4 corn tortillas evenly on top of sauce. Spoon the onion mix and zucchini then cheese. Layer more tortillas, sauce and vegetables. Top with remaining tortillas, sauce and cheese.

Place lid on pressure cooker and turn to locked position. Push "Soup" button and add 5 minutes by pushing "adjust time" button. Remember to turn top steam release button to locked (as per included instructions recommend).

When the timer goes off either turn pressure dial to "release steam" or leave it alone and it will automatically switch to "keep warm" function until you are ready to eat. 



  1. Congratulations on your new job! I agree with you about listening to your intuition and trusting your guts. It's important to know when it's time to walk away. I think this is something that everyone struggles with from time to time.

    I've never cooked with a pressure cooker. Is it similar to a slow cooker? The vegetarian enchilada recipe looks fantastic. Can you make this if you don't have a pressure cooker?

    1. It's kindof the opposite of a slow cooker in that it builds up pressure very quickly, locks in moisture and cooks everything very, very quickly.

  2. Congratulations on the new job, it sounds as if you have made the right choice and it will suit you.

    I am not a pressure cooker person, but have heard so many good things about electric pressure cookers that I could be converted. Love that you can use it for canning - that could be the deal maker.

  3. I've been listening to that nagging feeling myself and I'm getting closer to doing what it says :) These enchiladas look delicious!

  4. Congratulations on your new job and good for you for stepping outside your comfort zone, listening to your inner voice, and making a change. I did that a couple years ago and it has made all the difference.

    On a lighter note, these enchiladas look amazing! I am saving this to make soon!

  5. Pressure cookers are the best! I especially love them for tough cuts of meat like beef chuck or pork shoulder. Cooks up in under 1 hour!! These enchiladas sound tasty. Congrats on the new job!

  6. I need to get a pressure cooker. This dish looks so delicious! I mean, anything Mexican food is great in my book, but I bet the pressure cooker makes these extra delicious and easy to make!

  7. That is a cool new kitchen toy! I keep hearing how pressure cookers are making a come back. These enchiladas look pretty hearty and tasty even without the chicken:)

  8. I have yet to purchase a pressure cooker and I've been wanting to pick one up, so I'm going to look for this Power Pressure Cooker XL! Pure comfort food is just what you need after a day in new surroundings. I can totally relate. I think it's time for me to jump to a different adventure too!

  9. My mom had a pressure cooker when I was growing up but it isn't nearly as fancy as yours!! Do you get as much use out of it as you thought you would??

    1. Absolutely!! I use it several times a week, mostly for last minute bean recipes but also for shredded chicken tacos, pot roast etc.

  10. Congrats on your new job!! I was raised in Brazil and pressure cooker is part of any Brazilian family to cook their beans. Love your recipe!

  11. Congratulations on your new job.
    I have never ever own a pressure cooker, I was and still am a little apprehensive (in other word ~ scared that the lid might flew off... LOL !!!)
    Your enchilada looks divine.

    1. LOL! They do seem a bit intimidating at first but technology has come a long way to prevent the lid blowing off. ;)

  12. simply deliciosa. thanks for the recipe, Gwen!

  13. We've been looking at a pressure cooker for some time now, and keep seeing it pop up everywhere. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe, if/WHEN we get a pressure cooker, we will definitely be trying this.

  14. I've heard a lot about the InstaPot lately. I've never tried any sort of pressure cooker. I may have to look into one :) Your enchiladas look delicious!

  15. Congratulations on your new job! Change is good :) These enchiladas look delish. I love that they are vegetarian, and so quick! Perfect for weeknights. Yum!

  16. I do not own a pressure cooker. You sure have shown its versatility. Also, best of luck in your new career! Change is good!

  17. Oh yum! I used to own a really old pressure cooker, but it was back in the day when I never cooked, so I had nooooooo idea how to even use it. I think my knowledge was limited to the fear of exploding canning incidents that people had told me in passing (because this was before the Internet omg I'm old). Now I wish I had one again, this time to ACTUALLY use!

  18. This looks incredible! Congratulations on the new job! I hope you find it rewarding!


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