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Instant Pot Pozole Recipe: Hearty & Flavorful

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Instant Pot Pozole is my go-to comfort food. Hearty pork and hominy, spiced just right, it's a flavorful Mexican stew that's a hit at my dinner table every time.

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Pozole, my go-to comfort food. Imagine tender pork shoulder simmering in a rich broth infused with traditional spices, every spoonful brimming with hearty hominy. It's pure, soul-warming magic, conjuring up cozy kitchen scenes with every bite. My Instant Pot version simplifies the process without sacrificing an ounce of flavor. A bowl of this, and your tastebuds are dancing the salsa. Let's jump into how you can bring this deliciousness to your table.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Pozole

  • Vegetable oil: Adds flavor and helps brown the pork shoulder, enhancing the overall taste and texture of the pozole.
  • Onion: Provides a savory base flavor and sweetness to the dish, complementing the pork and spices in the pozole.
  • Garlic: Adds depth and aroma to the pozole, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the dish.
  • Pork shoulder: The main protein in the pozole, it becomes tender and flavorful when cooked in the instant pot.
  • Dried oregano: Brings a warm, earthy flavor to the pozole, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
  • Ground cumin: Adds a warm, aromatic flavor to the pozole, complementing the other spices and ingredients in the dish.
  • Chili powder: Provides a mild heat and depth of flavor to the pozole, adding a rich and smoky element.
  • Hominy: Traditional ingredient in pozole, adds texture and a unique flavor to the dish, making it hearty and satisfying.
  • Chicken broth: Provides a savory and rich base for the pozole, infusing the dish with depth of flavor and umami notes.
  • Radishes: Adds a fresh crunch and peppery bite to the pozole, balancing the richness of the broth and meat.
  • Cilantro: Brightens up the pozole with its fresh and citrusy flavor, adding a pop of color and freshness to the dish.
  • Lime wedges: Offers a tangy and citrusy element to the pozole, enhancing the overall flavor and providing a refreshing contrast.
  • Shredded cabbage: Adds a crunchy texture and mild sweetness to the pozole, complementing the other ingredients in the dish.

Essential Tools for Making This Pozole Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking process and infuses flavors quickly.
  • Chef's knife: Cuts ingredients like pork and vegetables with precision.
  • Cutting board: Provides a stable surface for chopping and prepping ingredients.
  • Can opener: Needed to open the can of hominy for the recipe.

Instant Pot Pozole Recipe: Hearty & Flavorful

This Instant Pot Pozole is a hearty and flavorful Mexican stew made with pork shoulder, hominy, and a blend of spices. It's perfect for a comforting meal and can be topped with fresh ingredients like radishes, cilantro, lime, and cabbage.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 380 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups


Main Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound pork shoulder, cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can (28 oz) hominy, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • to taste Salt and pepper


  • as needed sliced radishes
  • as needed chopped cilantro
  • as needed lime wedges
  • as needed shredded cabbage


  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat the vegetable oil. Add the onion and garlic, sauté until fragrant.
  • Add the pork shoulder pieces and brown on all sides.
  • Stir in the oregano, cumin, and chili powder.
  • Add the hominy and chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and set to high pressure for 30 minutes.
  • Once done, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before quick releasing the remaining pressure.
  • Serve the pozole hot with your choice of toppings.


This recipe is a great way to enjoy a traditional Mexican dish with the convenience of an Instant Pot. Feel free to adjust the spices to your taste.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 20gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 820mgPotassium: 450mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 3mg


Keyword Instant Pot, Mexican Stew, Pozole
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Can You Make Pozole Ahead of Time or Freeze It?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the pozole as instructed but do not add the toppings.
  • Let it cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the pozole completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating on the stove or in the microwave.

Pozole is traditionally served on special occasions in Mexico, such as birthdays and holidays, to celebrate and bring people together.

Common Questions About Making Pozole in an Instant Pot

Can I use a different type of meat instead of pork shoulder?
Yes, you can substitute pork shoulder with chicken, beef, or even tofu for a vegetarian option.
How spicy is this pozole recipe?
The spice level can be adjusted based on your preference by adding more or less chili powder.
Can I make this recipe on the stovetop instead of using an Instant Pot?
Yes, you can make this pozole recipe on the stovetop by simmering the ingredients in a large pot until the meat is tender.
How long can I store leftovers of this pozole?
Leftover pozole can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
What are some other traditional toppings for pozole?
Some traditional toppings for pozole include diced onions, shredded lettuce, avocado slices, and hot sauce.

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