Instant Pot Pork and Hominy Stew

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Back when my husband and I were first married, and I knew hardly anything about cooking, I would frequently bring home cans of hominy and make different chilis and soups with it.  I really didn’t know anything about hominy, or it’s heritage at the time, I just really liked it, and found that it was easy to cook with.  This year, I was watching an episode of the Pioneer Women, where she was making a hominy casserole, and I became inspired to cook with it again.

Hominy is a great ingredient to cook with.  It is gluten-free, low in saturated fat, low in cholesterol, and high in dietary fiber.  Hominy is a food widely used in Central America and South America.  Hominy is dried corn that is soaked in an alkaline solution, so it puffs up.

This hominy pork stew is super delicious. This is a simple recipe that everyone in your family will enjoy. I served this with a delicious pan of cornbread and the meal really pleased my family. You can add more spice to it if you like, but I like to keep my recipes kid-friendly.

Since so many people have dietary restrictions these days, You could use hominy:

In place of beans in a chili or soup

In place of noodles in casseroles or soups.

Use as a filling for quesadillas, enchiladas or tacos

Roasting it for a salad topper in place of nuts or croutons.

I decided to make a pork and hominy stew.  I love how stew turns out in my Instant Pot, but you can make this stew on the stove or in your slow cooker as well.

What you need for Pork Hominy Stew

Two cans of Hominy

Garlic- I keep this freeze-dried garlic in my fridge

One small onion

1 12 ounces of diced tomatoes 

cumin and chili powder

Two sweet potatoes

1 32 ounces container of chicken broth or vegetable broth

One pound of thin cut pork chops. –  You can use another cut of pork if you like, I find the thin cut pork chops easy to cut up using kitchen shears,  and throw in soups and stews.

An Instant Pot or another cooking vessel

Ingredients

  • 1 pound thin-cut boneless pork chops, cut into pieces
  • 2 cans hominy
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced or chopped
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or another oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  1. Set your Instant Pot to Saute. Pour in olive oil, onion, and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent.

  2. Add Pork, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, chicken broth, and hominy.

  3. Add chili powder and cumin

  4. Close your Instant Pot and cook on the soup setting for 15 minutes.

  5. Let the stew naturally release. Serve right away. Cheese or Sour cream would make an excellent garnish.

This makes for an excellent and easy dinner that my whole family loved, including all three of my kids!  I am excited because I have a few more fun ideas for using hominy in the works!

 

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