Pozole Recipe

Awesome Mexican pozole recipe. I made this yesterday for dinner. So delicious!

Total Time: 5 hr 20 min
Prep: 1 hr 10 min
Cook: 4 hr 10 min
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Level: Easy


3/4 cup dried chiles de arbol
4 or 5 dried ancho chiles
6 cloves garlic (2 smashed, 4 finely chopped)
Kosher salt
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut in half
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large white onion, chopped
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
1 bay leaf
3 15 -ounce cans white hominy, drained and rinsed
Diced avocado, shredded cabbage, diced onion, sliced radishes and/or fresh cilantro, for topping


1. Break the stems off the chiles de arbol and ancho chiles and shake out as many seeds as possible. Put the chiles in a bowl and cover with boiling water; weigh down the chiles with a plate to keep them submerged and soak until soft, about 30 minutes. Transfer the chiles and 1 1/2 cups of the soaking liquid to a blender. Add the smashed garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, pushing the sauce through with a rubber spatula; discard the solids.

2. Rub the pork all over with the cumin and 1/2 teaspoon salt; set aside. Over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or pot. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes or until soft. Add the chopped garlic and cook 2 minutes. Turn the heat into medium high. Let the onion and garlic to one side of the pot; add the pork to the other side and sear, turning, until lightly browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.

3. Stir in 2 cups water, the chicken broth, oregano, bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of the chile sauce (depending on your taste). Set on heat to bring to a low boil, then reduce to minimum heat to maintain a simmer. Partially cover and cook, turning the pork a few times, until tender, about 3 hours.

4. Stir in the hominy and keep simmer, uncovered, until the pork starts falling apart, about 1 more hour. Remove the bay leaf. Transfer the pork to a cutting board; roughly chop and return to the pot.  If the posole is too thick, add some water or broth. Taste then season with salt. Serve with assorted toppings and the remaining chile sauce.

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