Kale is not my favorite. I’m not gonna lie. However, bacon is my favorite. Bacon makes just about anything taste better.  Dare I say it even made the kale taste good. Dang good, actually! Have you tried making kale in your instant pot? It’s easy and rather quick. If you care to season it up with bacon, you can do that in your pot too!

I served this kale with one of my very favorite Instant Pot chicken and rice recipes that I’ve found online. The Budget Bytes blog featured this recipe and it was winner with all three of the men in my household! Even my 3 year old ate it, and lately that has been a challenge. (That’s a subject for another blog, maybe Scary Mommy!) The best part was that I was able to use the chicken quarters from our Kroger store that are always on sale for .99/lb. The whole meal cost me less than $8, start to finish and I fed 4 people plus had leftovers for lunch!

I’m not reinventing the wheel with this kale recipe. I’m sure you can find similar ones across the web.  This is the way I do it, and there is room for interpretation. Add onions, garlic, and additional seasonings if that’s your thing.



1.5lb Raw Chopped Kale (about 3/4 of the 2lb bag you find at most grocery stores)

1 cup water

1 TBSP cooking oil

3 slices uncured, nitrate-free bacon (you can use whatever bacon you like, but that’s what we use)

Salt and Pepper


Rinse your kale if it is not already pre-washed. Put into your Instant Pot stainless steel pot. It should fill your pot about 3/4 of the way. Please do not fill past that point. Add one cup water. Set your pot on Steam for 12 minutes. Allow a natural release.

Drain water from kale. Place in a bowl and set it to the side. Put the stainless steel pot back in your Instant Pot.

Set pot to Saute setting on your Instant Pot and heat the cooking oil of your choice. Chop uncooked bacon and add to the heated pot. Cook thoroughly. You may also opt to add diced onion and chopped garlic at this point. I like to keep it simple, so I didn’t do that this time. When the bacon is completely cooked, add your kale back in. Season well with salt and pepper, to your taste. Saute for 5-7 minutes. Serve hot!










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Written by Jaime Fox