Dominican Sancocho (hearty stew) pressure cooker recipe

Set it and forget it! This is is the pressure cooker version of Dominican sancocho, a hearty meat and roots recipe to share with friends and family anytime the mood strikes. If you own a pressure cooker, there is no need to spend hours tending to a sancocho to achieve the flavor and thick broth we know and love. This is also a great recipe if you want to make a smaller sancocho for 4-6 people.

For this recipe, I am only using two types of meat (chicken and beef). Less is more here since there is only so much room in the pressure cooker. Make it to your taste by replacing with other meats/cuts including pork, sausage, smoked pork chop, etc.

Dominican Sancocho (hearty stew) pressure cooker recipe

Course Main
Cuisine Dominican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 -5


  • 1 lb. chicken meat
  • 1 lb. beef stew or soup bones
  • 2 medium size potatoes
  • 1 green plantain
  • 1 cup of yuca root
  • 1 yautia root
  • 1 cup butternut squash
  • 1 teaspoon ground annatto seeds bija
  • 1 teaspoon ground tumeric
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 1 teaspoon mashed garlic
  • 2 cubes of homemade season all sazon - see recipe in this blog - optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground or fresh oregano
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3 cups of water


  1. Wash, peel and cut all the vegetables and roots into bite-size pieces. Prep the onion, garlic and spices.
  2. Set the pressure cooker to Saute and allow pot to heat.
  3. Add the oil and sugar. When sugar starts to bubble, add the chicken and brown on both sides.
  4. Add the onions and stir. Cook until onions are transparent. Add the beef.
  5. Add the salt, and all the spices. Stir.
  6. Add the roots and remaining vegetables.
  7. Add the water. Cover the pressure cooker and follow manufacturer's instructions for closing and sealing the lid.
  8. Set to cook on high for 35 minutes. Most pressure cookers have a setting for stews. If yours does, click on that.
  9. Once stew is done, stir and taste. Add salt to taste if needed.
  10. Serve with avocado and white rice (optional).
  11. Enjoy!
By Antonia S.

I founded this site to share my culture and the dishes I love. My native Dominican Republic, family ties to China, and travels near and far inspire my recipes. Enjoy and SHARE! Fundé para compartir mi cultura y los platos que me gustan. Mi tierra nativa, la República Dominicana, lazos familiares de la China y mis viajes por el mundo son la inspiración para mis recetas. Disfrute y comparte!


  • I made this using your recipe with a few changes in regards to the meat. I have never gotten so many compliments on my food as I got after making this. And making it in the Instant Pot! Wow! What a time saver! Than you so much for sharing your recipes.

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