Instant Pot

Pinto Bean and Pork Stew with Tomatoes and Citrus

6 Servings

FAST: 2 hours
Slow: 6½ to 7 hours 20 minutes active

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This recipe was inspired by the hearty Yucatecan dish called frijoles con puerco in which black beans are cooked with chunks of pork. We opted to use creamier-textured, lighter-colored pinto beans and add both lime and orange zest and juice to balance the heft of the stew. The habanero chili, pierced a few times with a knife, infuses the dish with just a touch of heat. If you prefer it spicier, halve the habanero instead; either way, remember to remove the chili before serving. Serve with warmed tortillas or rice, or, for a bit of textural contrast, spoon it over tortilla chips. A crumble of queso fresco or a dollop of sour cream are nice finishing touches in addition to the cilantro and radishes.




Don't forget to zest the citrus before juicing. The zest is easier to remove when the fruits are whole. Also, don't use ribs that are very lean, otherwise the meat will end up dry and the stew will lack rich, meaty flavor. Instead, substitute with an equal amount of boneless pork shoulder.

FAST: 2 hours
Slow: 6½ to 7 hours

20 minutes active


  • 1

    pound (2⅓ cups) dried pinto beans, rinsed and drained

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper


Shannon M.
February 1, 2023
Terrific Pinto Bean stew
As I was pairing this as a side dish with Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas, I omitted the pork. I also used a stove top pressure cooker rather than a multi cooker. I cooked the beans for about the same time as the recipe as my beans were pretty old and needed the additional pressure cooking time. When the beans were soft but still held their shape, I finished the recipe and put them on the stove to very low simmer until the rest of the dinner was ready. The beans turned out wonderful. At the end I did add a couple pinches of Aleppo Pepper, Ancho Chile Powder, and Chipotle Morita Chili Powder as each one has a somewhat different taste and adds complexity to the dish.
Tonya M.

This looks great- could you post regular instructions too?

Janelle C.

Hi Tonya,

We’re so glad you're exploring our recipes. When we developed the recipes for our Instant Pot book, Fast and Slow, we offered pressure cooker and slow cooker instructions for every recipe that worked well cooked either way. Recipes that have only one set of instructions did not produce good results when prepared with the alternative method. And unfortunately, it’s not possible for us to reverse engineer Instant Pot recipes for stovetop cooking. But the good news is that many of them were inspired by recipes we’d already prepared for conventional cooking methods. If you check our website, you might find what you are looking for.

The Milk Street Team

Angela G.

This recipe is one of our favorites. So good! While it was amazing, we thought we might try salting the pork in advance next time!

Luba B.

Could I use stove top pressure cooker for this recipe?
Thank you.

Lynn C.

Hi Luba -

Thanks for your question! Since our Fast and Slow cookbook focuses on electric pressure cookers and we didn't test our recipes in a stovetop pressure cooker, I can't offer an exact revision. However, I can give you some general guidelines that should help you. Since stovetop pressure cookers release a small amount of steam as they cook, some amount of evaporation occurs. Electric pressure cookers are so tightly calibrated that they do not release steam at all. This may mean you need to add a little bit more liquid, likely no more than 1/4 cup. This is especially true for recipes that are pressure cooked for more than 30 minutes. Also, since a stovetop pressure cooker works at higher pressure (usually 15 psi vs. 10-12 psi for electric pressure cookers) they will cook faster than an electric pressure cooker. A general rule is about 3/4 the cooking time of an electric pressure cooker. You will probably have to experiment and use a little bit of trial and error to get it perfect since all stovetop pressure cookers are slightly different. Hopefully these guidelines will help in your efforts!

The Milk Street Team