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Instant Pot® Mexican-Style Meatballs and Quinoa

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"South-of-the-border meatballs and quinoa stew in rich tomato sauce for an offbeat meal in about an hour, thanks to an electric pressure cooker."
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1 h servings 592
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Mix veal, eggs, minced red onion, 3/4 cup cotija cheese, 1/4 cup cilantro, bread crumbs, milk, cumin, chipotle, salt, pepper, and garlic powder together in a bowl. Form mixture into about 20 walnut-sized balls.
  2. Heat a multi-functional electric pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot(R)) on Saute setting. Pour in oil. Saute red onion slices and jalapeno pepper until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add quinoa and stir. Pour in broth and 1/2 of the tomato sauce. Mix well. Add meatballs to the pot and pour remaining tomato sauce on top.
  3. Close and lock the lid. Select medium pressure on Manual mode according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 8 to 10 minutes for pressure to build.
  4. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Serve meatballs over the stewed tomatoes and quinoa. Top with remaining cotija cheese and cilantro.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Use any kind of broth you prefer.
  • If your machine does not offer a variety of manual pressure settings, choose high pressure but reduce cooking time to 8 minutes or so.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 592 calories; 27.2 46.5 38.2 211 1621 Full nutrition

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