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Mexican Pozole Recipe

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Inside: Pozole is a traditional Mexican soup that is full of different flavors, loved by many, and is consumed year-round. *Looking for Pozole Verde? Get the recipe here*

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Mexican Pozole is a delicious Mexican soup that is served at all major events. The flavors are perfect together and you will love it!

Pozole is a traditional Mexican soup that is full of different flavors, loved by many, and is consumed year-round.

One of my all-time favorite meals is Pozole. It is especially great on cold winter days when my body is asking for something warm. What better way to do that than with this delicious, and popular Mexican soup.

I have to say though, in Mexico people consume pozole in large quantities during every season of the year. That said, it is especially popular at holiday celebrations in Mexico. It is easy to make and you will love it!

What Is Pozole And How Do You Make It?

Traditionally, Pozole is a pork-based soup. That said, there are other versions – such as Pozole Verde, that are made with shredded chicken. The version I am making today is Pozole Rojo, and it is popular in the whole country, while Pozole Verde, which you can find here, is more popular in central Mexico.

In order to make it, you will need guajillo chiles, which you will prepare by removing the seeds and stem and then boiling in water for 5-7 minutes. 

One of the main ingredients that you need to make an authentic Pozole is hominy. In Mexico, it is sold raw, so it takes a little bit extra effort to peel and soak them so that they are soft enough to use.

Fortunately, cooking is a bit easier in today’s day and age and you can buy it ready-to-use at the store. Then, all you have to do is add it to the recipe!

Pozole is a traditional Mexican soup that is full of different flavors, loved by many, and is consumed year-round.

A few years ago my sister-in-law was planning her wedding reception. For the food, she decided to have a soup buffet. She asked me to make pozole because she had tried it before and really liked it. Of course, I agreed, and I thought it was great to be able to include pozole in her reception.

This recipe was a hit at the reception and was gone even before the other popular soups!

The freshness of this recipe is complemented by the crunchy texture from the freshly made tortilla chips and freshly cut radish.

Pozole is a traditional Mexican soup that is full of different flavors, loved by many, and is consumed year-round. - Radish

One of the memories that this recipe brings to my mind is how my grandma always ended up giving me tea to calm my stomach because I couldn’t stop eating it. I still have that problem today. Whenever I make Pozole, I keep eating it until it is gone.

I guess you could say that for me, Pozole is irresistible!

Pozole is a traditional Mexican soup that is full of different flavors, loved by many, and is consumed year-round.

Try out this recipe and let me know in the comments below how it turns out. Don’t forget to leave a review!

Other Authentic Mexican Recipes That You Should Try

Products You May Need For This Recipe

  • Large Stockpot. Usually, when you make this recipe, you make it for a crowd. If that is the case, you will want a large stockpot like this one.
  • Hominy. You can usually find this in the Mexican section of the grocery store, but if not, you can buy it online here as well.
Pozole Rojo Recipe
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Pozole Rojo

Pozole Rojo is a delicious Mexican soup that is easy to make and has delicious flavors. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mexican food, pozole, soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 426kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of pork cut into medium sized cubes
  • 6 guajillo chiles
  • 1 Can of hominy
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tomato
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 2 bay leaves

Accompaniments

  • 2 cups Chopped radish
  • 8 lime
  • 4 cups chopped lettuce
  • 40 homemade tortilla chips
  • chopped cilantro
  • 1 chopped onion

Instructions

  • Cook the pork meat in sufficient water (ensuring that the pork is completely covered with an inch or two to spare) with 1 clove of garlic, 1/4 piece of an onion (not diced), the bay leaves, salt and pepper. Set aside 1/2 cup of the broth from cooking the pork. 
  • Once the meat is cooked through, remove the bay leave, onion, and garlic clove, and add the hominy and bring to a boil for 15 minutes.
  • Prepare the guajillo chilies by removing the seeds and stem and boiling in water for 5-7 minutes or until soft. Set aside for the next step.
  • Blend the remaining 5 cloves of garlic, the guajillo chilies, the tomato, another 1/4 piece of the onion, the cumin, the salt, the pepper, the 1/2 cup of broth that was set aside in step 1 above, and 1/2 cup of hominy (to thicken the sauce) in a blender until completely blended.
  • Once the above mixture is blended, strain the mixture and add the strained liquid to the boiling pot with the pork and water. Season with oregano and add salt to taste.
  • Let boil 15 minutes longer.
  • Serve hot, topped with chopped lettuce, onions, radishes, and a few drops of lime and finally the homemade tortilla chips

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 649mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 920IU | Vitamin C: 26.2mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 3.1mg
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Bridget

Thursday 8th of April 2021

These were so delicious I've already made them three or four times and making them today for my son now when I want beans it's like do you know any others.

Brianne Markin

Thursday 7th of January 2021

I love Pizole and am making it for a "soup group" exchange. Thank you for having a serving calculator on your site, because I always struggle trying to increase a recipe for 32 servings! We're doing this all socially distant and basically just dropping soup. Can't wait to make this and some of your other recipes!

Sarah

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Is the Hominy strained before adding?

Andy

Thursday 10th of December 2020

This recipe turned out great! My wife and I loved it! - thanks Charbel!

One recipe clarification/edit I would suggest is for step #4: > Blend the remaining 5 cloves of garlic, the guajillo chilies, the tomato, another 1/4 piece of the onion, the cumin, the salt, the pepper, the 1/2 cup of broth that was set aside in step 1 above, and 1/2 cup of hominy (to thicken the sauce) in a blender until completely blended.

I think it would make more sense to leave out the hominy when blending up the chilies and onion, because it thickens the mix that we want to strain anyways.

It might make more sense to blend some hominy with broth first, to get a thickener/slurry, pour that back into the broth, and then blend up a bit more broth, chilies, onion etc., since it will be easier to strain without blended hominy.

Marilyn

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Thank you for this comment. This will be my first time making it. This makes more sense to me in theory before trying it.

Lise

Thursday 19th of November 2020

How long do you boil the pork?

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