Instant Pot Posole {Mexican Stew}

What’s for dinner tonight? How about this Instant Pot Posole, a Mexican Stew, tonight for dinner. Posole is a Mexican stew that will stand out from all other stews you have had. It is bursting with flavor and will warm you up from the inside out!

Tender chunks of pork that is fork tender, a rich and savory broth, hominy, poblano, and adobo chilis, herbs and spices all come together for this naturally gluten-free Mexican stew. 

Instant Pot Posole {Mexican Stew}

A one-pot meal that is anything but boring is what you will find! Posole means Hominy, hence the use of hominy in the recipe. Hominy is made from the kernels of corn. They merely soak the kernels in an alkali mix that will transform the kernels into puffed up hominy.

The process is called nixtamalization. I discovered this wonderful process and dish when we lived on the border and we love it! 

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I love a good lasagna soup or even chicken zoodle soup! But, I also crave creative flavors and new recipes, and that is why I love the Posole pork stew. It is a new way to introduce new flavors to our dinners and talk about different cultures with my kids. While this stew might be a regular dish for some, it is unique and creative for us. 

What Cut Of Pork To Use For Posole 

I reach for a pork shoulder (or pork butt) that I dice up into chunks. I find this is the perfect blend of lean meat mixed with some fat, so it becomes tender and falls apart good.

The pork shoulder also adds in a lot of flavors to the soup. With each ingredient, I am creating a beautiful layering effect of flavors that will all come together in the end.

Depending on your store, you can ask the butcher to cut and dice your pork shoulder for you. Our local store will do that, and it saves a lot of prep work on time. Just pick it up once you are done shopping and pay like normal. I have found this a huge help when I know I am short on time. 

Can You Use Other Meat for Posole 

I have tried creating this stew using shredded chicken. Although chicken does offer a lighter version of flavor, it will change the overall flavor of the dish. However, if you prefer leaner meat, you can indeed use shredded or diced chicken breast in place of the pork shoulder. 

Do You Use Canned Hominy In Posole

Cutting a corner and saving time by using canned hominy is a simple and easy choice for me. Hominy in the can will give a nice, chewy bite. As the hominy cooks, it will soak up all the flavors of the seasonings and broth and stand out in the Posole stew. I also find that canned hominy stands up to the pressure of your electric pressure cooker. You can use fresh though, if you desire. 

 What Size Instant Pot Do You Use For Posole 

I recommend using a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Using a smaller Instant Pot is great if you’re cooking for yourself, but you would need to cut down on the measurements. Otherswise you could run the risk of not having enough room to thoroughly cook your stew. 

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Instant Pot Posole – Mexican Stew

 

Ingredients

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Instructions

1) Season the pork chunks with salt and pepper.

2) Turn the Instant Pot on the ‘Sauté’ mode. Allow the IP to heat up for 4 to 5 minutes or until the display shows ‘HOT’.

3) Add a tablespoon of olive oil and let it simmer.

4) Add half of the pork chunks and let it sear for 2 to 3 minutes on all sides until no longer pink. Remove and place on a plate.

5) Add another tablespoon of oil and sear the remaining half of the pork chunks on all sides until no longer pink. Remove from Instant Pot and place on plate.

6) Add the last tablespoon of oil. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, cinnamon stack and the bay leaf. Sauté till the onions are translucent.

7) Add the diced poblano peppers, hominy, spices (chili powder, smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, cumin, and oregano), salt, tomato paste, minced chipotle pepper with adobo sauce and the seared pork chunks. Give it a stir to mix everything.

8) Add the chicken stock and give it a good mix.

8) Turn off “Sauté” mode. Put the lid on making sure that the pressure valve is in the “Sealing” position. 

9) Select the “Pressure Cook” mode. Adjust the time with the “- / +” to 30 minutes.

10) When Instant Pot beeps, let the pressure release the natural way for 15 minutes. Turn the pressure valve to “Venting” for quick release.

11) Open the lid. Use a large spoon or ladle to skim off some of the fat.

12) Discard the bay leaf and cinnamon stick.

13) Turn back to ‘Sauté’ mode and let the stew simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring intermittently to thicken it a little.

14) Serve hot with chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, sour cream and a generous squeeze of lime.

There you have it – Instant Pot Posole Mexican Stew! I think you will really enjoy all the unique flavors this stew has to offer. It is definitely more than a basic stew, and rich in flavor. 

You can also tame down the soup if you don’t like a lot of heat by using fewer adobo peppers and sauce. There are ways to make this soup adapt to work with your taste buds. 

 

This is a naturally gluten-free stew that my entire family can enjoy. Plus, make sure you enjoy all the leftovers, it reheats beautifully the next day. It is almost safe to say the stew the next day almost has more flavor than day one. Enjoy! 

 

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Instant Pot Posole {Mexican Stew}

Instant Pot Posole {Mexican Stew}

Tender chunks of pork that is fork tender, a rich and savory broth, hominy, poblano, and adobo chilis, herbs and spices all come together for this naturally gluten-free Mexican stew.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. of Pork Shoulder (also known as Pork Butt, also known as Pork Butt, cut in to bite sized chunks cut in to bite sized chunks)
  • 1 large white Onion (diced)
  • 6 fat cloves of Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 large Poblano Peppers (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground Cumin
  • 2 teaspoon of Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of Chipotle Chili Pepper Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Mexican Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon of Tomato Paste
  • 1 Chipotle Pepper + 1 teaspoon of Adobo Sauce ( finely chopped)
  • 4 cups of Chicken Stock
  • 2 15 oz. can of Yellow Hominy
  • 3 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Cilantro Sour Cream, Avocado and Limes to serve

Instructions

  1. Season the pork chunks with salt and pepper.
  2. Turn the Instant Pot on the ‘Sauté’ mode. Let the Pot heat up for 4 to 5 minutes or until the display shows ‘HOT’.
  3. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and let it simmer.
  4. Add half of the pork chunks and let it sear for 2 to 3 minutes on all side, till no longer pink. Remove on a plate.
  5. Add another tablespoon of oil and sear the remaining half of the pork chunks. Remove it from the pot too.
  6. Now add the last tablespoon of oil. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, cinnamon stack and the bay leaf. Sauté till the onions are translucent.
  7. Now add the diced poblano peppers, hominy, spices (chili powder, smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, cumin, and oregano), salt, tomato paste, minced chipotle pepper with adobo sauce and the seared pork chunks. Give it a stir to mix everything.
  8. Add the chicken stock and give it a good mix.
  9. Turn off “Sauté” mode. Put the lid on, making sure that the pressure valve is in the “Sealing” position.
  10. Select the “Pressure Cook” mode. Adjust the time, with the “- / +” to 30 minutes.
  11. When Instant Pot beeps, let the pressure release the natural way for 15 minutes. Turn the pressure valve to “Venting” quick release.
  12. Open the lid. Use a large spoon or ladle to skim off some of the fat.
  13. Discard the bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
  14. Turn back the ‘Sauté’ mode and let the stew simmer for 10 to 15 minute, stirring intermittently to thicken it a little.
  15. Serve hot with chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, sour cream and a generous squeeze of lime.

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