Easy Instant Pot Posolé with Green Chiles – a recipe for Rancho Gordo Hominy

hominy, green chiles, and egg

Hominy with green chiles makes an easy, hearty vegan meal, especially topped with avocado. A vegetarian version, topped with a runny egg, adds protein. The yolk mitigates the fire of the chiles. Rancho Gordo dried hominy is my favorite, with better texture and flavor than frozen or canned hominy. It requires more preparation, but the Instant Pot speeds up the process and removes most of the need to babysit the simmering corn.

Do you need a hearty but easy, low maintenance meal for autumn suppers?

Want some leftovers that are just as good for breakfast as dinner the night before? Try out this simple, but delicious, recipe.

Easy, and requiring little attention, this recipe is great for weeknights. The Instant Pot cuts the cooking time drastically. Frozen vegetables eliminate all need to wash and chop.

I recommend using fresh chiles and onions if you make this on a weekend while New Mexico green chiles are in season. An elevated version of this dish is easy to produce with just this change. Many roasters sell bags of peeled, roasted chiles, saving you the labor.


Hominy is corn that has been alkalized for greater nutrition and digestibility. Commonly, hominy is found canned. Foodies agree that it is unpalatable in this form, mushy and salty. Dried hominy creates a superior outcome, but a 6 hour simmer deters many. Instant Pot to the rescue! This version requires only a few minutes of attention, and is ready to serve in less than two hours.

Along with squash and beans, hominy was an essential component of the diet of the Ancestral Puebloans across the American Southwest. Visit Mesa Verde National Park to learn more about the diet and lifestyle of some of Colorado’s earliest residents.

Mesa Verde, site of historical consumption of hominy.

Green Chile

I find the heat of packaged mild green chiles to vary between quite mild to excessively medium. 🙂 If your finished dish is too spicy, try serving with dairy products, fats, or beer. Any of these additions will mitigate the tongue searing nature of chiles. You can also serve it over beans to cut the total amount of chile pepper in each serving. 

Easy Instant Pot Posole (hominy) with Green Chiles

Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 cup Rancho Gordo hominy, rinsed
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 24 oz frozen green chiles (already chopped and peeled)
  • 12 frozen pearl onions
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 T oil
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Place dried hominy, water, and 1 teaspoon of salt into Instant Pot. Pressure cook on high for 1 hour and 20 minutes. After releasing the pressure, drain the hominy then return to Instant Pot. 
  • Add remaining ingredients. Leave the Instant Pot uncovered, and set to "saute low" and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes, stirring often. Discard bay leaf. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve, garnished with avocado, runny egg, and/or sour cream. 

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Hominy with Green Chiles.
Hominy with Green Chiles.

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I love the small, 3 quart Instant Pot Ultra for cooking hominy or beans from Rancho Gordo. It is just the right size plus easy to clean. I also love the “Ultra” setting, which allows me to do whatever I want, instead of selecting from a few pre-determined options. Don’t you hate it when machines think for you?

When I want a cover on the Instant Pot, but not the pressure lid, I use the largest of these multi-purpose silicone covers. IP also sells a glass cover, but I use these multi-taskers to cover every pan in the kitchen, plus bowls in the refrigerator.

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