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These tomatillo poblano white beans are a warm stew of perfectly creamy beans, tomatillos, spicy poblano pepper, onion, cumin, and oregano.
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Tomatillo Poblano White Beans

Instant Pot Poblano White Beans, white beans simmered in a tomatillo poblano salsa. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 194kcal
Author Kathy Hester


Saute Ingredients

  • 2 cups Chopped tomatillos
  • 1 cup Chopped poblano seed and stems removed before chopping
  • 1 cup Chopped Onion
  • ½ Jalapeño, without seeds or use more to make it hotter
  • 1 ½ tsp. Ground cumin

Pressure Cooker Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Dried Great Northern beans soaked for 8-12 hours and drained
  • 1 ½ cups Water
  • 2 tsp. Dried oregano
  • To Taste Salt and Pepper


  • For the sauté, add the tomatillos, poblano, onion and jalapeño to your blender or food processor. Pulse until the veggies are in tiny pieces, but not pureed.
  • Use the sauté setting over normal, or medium heat, and pour in the blended veggies; add the cumin and stir to combine. Cook for about 4 minutes to remove the edge off the onions and make the cumin more fragrant.
  • For the pressure cooker, add the beans, water and oregano to the sauté mixture and stir to combine. Put the lid on and make sure that the steam release handle is sealed. Cook on manual setting at high pressure and set for 35 minutes. 
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • If there is still more liquid in the pot than you’d like to have, switch back to the sauté setting and simmer to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste before serving.



If you want to make this on the stove top, I recommend you used canned beans instead of cooking them from scratch. Process the tomatillo, onion, jalapeño and poblano in the blender until chopped but not completely pureed and simmer this mixture for 8-10 minutes. Add the canned beans and let simmer for 5 more minutes. If the sauce is too thick add vegetable stock or water. Season to taste.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 880mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 4mg