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How to Make Mexican Style Spare Ribs in a Pressure Cooker

Inside: Learn how to make these delicious spare ribs that are bathed in a delicious guajillo pepper salsa in a pressure cooker. It can be done in less than thirty minutes and is so tasty!

We received a free Zavor Duo Pressure Cooker from Zavor in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

One of my favorite cuts of meat has always been ribs. There are so many different ways to make them, including on a smoker, and they are so delicious. 

Of course I always like to add in flavors from Mexico into my recipes, so today I want to share a recipe for ribs made in a Zavor Duo Pressure Cooker and then smothered in a delicious salsa that is similar to that used for my chilaquiles recipe. 

The salsa is made using a combination of dried guajillo and ancho peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and chicken stock. The flavors go great together and have a nice sweet and spicy taste. The fact that you can make this recipe in a pressure cooker makes it even better since it doesn’t take long at all!

Why Use A Pressure Cooker For Ribs?

Even though ribs are delicious, many cooking methods take hours for them to be ready. While that is great if you have the time, sometimes you want to start eating those amazing ribs more quickly. In that situation, I am happy to have my Zavor Duo Pressure Cooker. It is easy to use and has important safety mechanisms to make sure that the ribs come out perfectly every time.

Zavor Duo pressure cooker

With this pressure cooker, these ribs can be done in 15-20 minutes after being pressurized (depending on the altitude where you live).

The Zavor Duo Pressure Cooker has been named Best Buy by America’s Test Kitchen and “Best of the Test” by a leading culinary magazine. As soon as I took it out of the box, I could tell it was high quality, and it came with some recipes to try out as well, which was great. 

You can find out more here, and you can buy it yourself here

How to Adjust Time Settings On  A Pressure Cooker for Altitude

The best rule of thumb for adjusting cook time in a pressure cooker based on your altitude is the 5% rule. This rule states that you should increase the cooking time by 5% for every thousand feet above sea level after 2,000 feet. For example, in Colorado we are between 5,000 and 6,000 feet where we live. So following the 5% rule, we would increase the cook time by about 15%. 

So, for a recipe that calls for 15 minutes, we would increase it by 2 minutes and 15 seconds for a total of 17 minutes and 15 seconds. In addition, you will want to add a little bit more liquid. 

How To Make These Ribs

To make these ribs in the pressure cooker, you will want to first brown the spare ribs in the pot with a little bit of oil, with the lid off. After they are browned, you will add the salsa described in the recipe below, making sure that you cover the ribs completely. This is important because the pressure cooker needs enough liquid to cook the ribs correctly. 

Pressure Cooker ribs after being browned

The Zavor Duo Pressure Cooker uses the stove top for the heat source, so after the liquid has been added, you will want to put the lid on and close it per the instructions. You will then put it on the stovetop over high heat until the correct pressure setting is reached and then you will lower to medium heat. 

The ribs should be done in about 15 minutes. After all of the pressure has been released, you can open the pressure cooker and remove the ribs. At this point, you will have a delicious sauce and perfectly tender ribs that you can serve with your favorite side dishes. 

Let me know how it turns out!

Good Side Dishes for Ribs

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Mexican Style Ribs (Pressure Cooker Method)

 Learn how to make these delicious spare ribs that are bathed in a delicious guajillo pepper salsa in a pressure cooker. It can be done in less than thirty minutes and is so tasty!

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Pressure release time5 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: pressure cooker
Servings: 14 Ribs
Calories: 187kcal


  • 1 Rack Pork Spare Ribs Cut into individual pieces
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp oil for searing the ribs

For the Sauce

  • 3 guajillo peppers deseeded
  • 1 ancho pepper deseeded
  • 4 roma tomatoes roasted
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 onion sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1.5 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick


For the Sauce

  • Start by sauteeing the peppers with a little bit of oil until they are slighly browned. Then add to boiling water to rehydrate them completely. Set aside.
  • Add a bit more oil to the frying pan and add the onion, garlic and spcies except for the paprika. Sautee for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend well.
  • Strain the resulting liquid and set aside.

For the Ribs

  • Season the ribs with salt and pepper
  • Add to the pressure cooker and sear with the oil over high heat.
  • Remove excess oil.
  • Add the sauce from above to the pressure cooker pot and ensure that there is enough liquid to cover the ribs. If not, add a bit more water.
  • Close the pressure cooker and ensure that it is sealed.
  • Keep the stove on high to medium-high heat until the pressure cooker is pressurized (see the instructions of your particular pressure cooker) and then reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • If your pressure cooker has a high setting, continue cooking on high for 15 minutes (as adjuste for altitude using 5% rule)
  • After cooking time is complete, de-pressurize the pressure cooker (see instructions on your pressure cooker) and then remove the lid.
  • Serve with rice or other side dish.


The 5% rule is that for every 1,000 feet above sea level after the first 2,000 feet, you should add 5% to the cooking time. 


Serving: 1Rib | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 1076mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1286IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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Thursday 4th of March 2021

Are these beef or pork ribs?

Charbel Barker

Friday 5th of March 2021

Hi Kel,

These are pork spare ribs.

Thanks, Charbel

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