Instant Pot Pork Stew with Hominy

This Instant Pot pork stew with hominy has that tender cooked-all-day comfort vibe, except it’s ready in just a little more than an hour. You’re welcome.

A brown bowl of Instant Pot pork stew with hominy with a spoon resting inside and a dish of cilantro and a blue napkin on the side.

I used a few different shortcuts for this Instant Pot pork stew with hominy. Rather than follow the traditional method of toasting the chiles, then soaking and blending them, I used ancho chile powder and canned chipotle chiles for a quick, very flavorful, but not overly spicy blend. A bowlful of comfort, this stew will quickly become a favorite in your house.–Urvashi Pitre

*What is Hominy?

Also known as giant corn, hominy is puffy kernels of corn that have undergone a special chemical process. If you’ve eaten a tortilla, you’ve had nixtamalizated corn—the process of soaking corn in an alkaline solution of calcium hydroxide made from slaked lime, lye, or wood ash. Complicated, we know. But the takeaway is that nixtamalizated corn has been stripped of its husk. For hominy, the kernels are left whole, resulting in the softer, more gelatinous ingredient you’re familiar with.

Instant Pot Pork Stew with Hominy

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • Serves 5 to 6
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Special Equipment: Instant Pot or pressure cooker



In the insert of an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, combine the pork, onion, hominy and its juices, water, garlic, chipotle chiles, adobo sauce, ancho chile powder, cumin, oregano, and salt.

Tester tip: If you like your hominy more al dente, add half the can while cooking so it flavors and thickens the stew a bit, and save the other half to add after cooking.

Secure the lid on the Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Close the pressure-release valve. Cook over high pressure for 30 minutes. At the end of the cooking time, allow the pressure to release naturally, 15 to 20 minutes. The pork should be very tender.

Taste the stew and season with additional ancho chile powder and salt, if needed. Garnish with the cilantro and serve.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

I was excited to see this Instant Pot pork stew with hominy recipe. For one, I have a one year old running around and two, traditional posole recipes that I've seen are quite involved.

Now I do have to be upfront and say that I am not exactly sure what a traditional posole should taste like. But this recipe turned out great. There was minimal preparation and it was ready in time for dinner.

I garnished this with lime, avocado, and pork rinds.

There are times when I have success with an Instant Pot recipe, and I wonder why I ever make the dish the “regular” way. We had a test recipe a few years ago, roasted green pozole with chicken, which we adore. After making this pork and hominy stew, I remembered that I haven’t made the other posole in quite a while. I now want to try and adapt the other recipe to the Instant Pot, using this recipe as a guideline.

This recipe is solid, and one I’ll make when I have an extra chunk of pork butt in the freezer. This recipe calls for 3 or 4 garlic cloves. Being fond of garlic, I used 4 cloves.

The first thing that needs to be said is that the chipotles didn't cook down. I didn’t chop or smash the chilies, because the recipe didn’t say to, and I wanted to follow the recipe as written. When I opened the Instant Pot, the chipotles looked exactly like they did when I put them into the pot prior to cooking. At that point I chopped the chilies and put them back into the stew. Yowza! This was spicy. We had company for dinner, and everyone agreed that I should have only put in 1. Thankfully, I had sour cream which tempered the heat successfully.


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  1. I love Pozole, this looks amazing I will saving this recipe for later. My mouth is already watering I just need to get shredded cabbage & limes, warm corn tortillas on the side, YUM! Thanks for the post…

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