Pork Pozole
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Pork Pozole

This soup is beyond delicious as is. But if you want to give it more of a pork flavor, you can use ham broth instead of beef broth.

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Pork Pozole

Pork Pozole

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Dinner
Keyword: pork, pozole


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 4 jalapeno peppers, 2 seeded and diced and 2 roughly chopped with seeds and ribs intact, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
  • 5 (15.5-ounce) cans white hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder (optional)
  • 4 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 pounds boneless country-style ribs or boneless pork shoulder, cut into large chunks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 ounces dried ancho or guajillo chiles, kept whole with stems and seeds removed
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic or additional raw garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 (7-ounce) cans diced green chiles, with their juice

Optional Toppings:

  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sliced radish
  • Lime wedges
  • Shredded green cabbage
  • Sliced jalapenos


  • Add oil to the Instant Pot, hit Sauté, and adjust so it’s on the More or High setting. Once heated (about 3 minutes), add the onion, poblano and the 2 diced jalapenos (if using) and sauté for 5 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add the broth, liquid smoke (if using), white hominy, oregano, chili powder (if using), seasoned salt, cumin, garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne (if using). Stir well.
  • Add the pork, bay leaves and ancho chiles, but do not stir. Just make sure the chiles are smoothed out with a mixing spoon on top of everything in the pot.
  • Secure the lid, move the valve to the sealing position, hit Keep Warm/Cancel, and then hit Manual or Pressure Cook on High Pressure for 35 minutes. When done, allow a 15-minute natural release followed by a quick release (the pin may have dropped on its own at this point).
  • Remove and reserve the ancho chiles, discard the bay leaves and skim off any foam from the surface of the stew, if necessary. Transfer 2 cups of the broth from the pot to a blender or food processor and add the reserved ancho chiles, the 2 roughly chopped jalapenos (if using), roasted garlic and kosher salt. Blend until puréed.
  • Place a fine-mesh strainer over the Instant Pot and pour in the pureed chile mixture. Using some force with a wooden spoon or spatula, press the puree into the strainer, scraping it around so all the drippings drip into the pot. Do this for a good 1–2 minutes (really press all that puree through the strainer!) and then discard whatever was caught in the strainer.
  • Add the diced green chiles, give everything a good stir and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Ladle into bowls and let everyone choose their favorite toppings.


Jeff’s Tip: This soup is beyond delicious as is. But if you want to give it more of a pork flavor, you can use ham broth instead of beef broth in Step 2 or add a ham hock while adding the pork in Step 3. Adding a ham hock will increase the calories per serving by about 180, sodium by about 50mg, fat by about 13g, and protein by about 15g. If you prefer chicken instead of pork, I’d suggest using about 3 pounds boneless, skinless thighs or breasts. Same cook time!
instant pot cookbook Excerpted from The Lighter Step-By-Step Instant Pot Cookbook: Easy Recipes for a Slimmer, Healthier You © 2021 by Jeffrey Eisner. Published by BenBella Books. 
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