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Pozole: A Variant on a Mexican Classic

There’s more than one way to skin the proverbial pork.
Bowl of pozole
Pre-topping pozole, captured using Hipstamatic. (Follow me if you so like.)

Pozole might be a traditional Autumn dish, but I have no qualms about preparing it off-season. And as I’m not a recipe prescriptivist, I gladly throw caution to the wind and substitute ingredients on a whim. In this case, I switched hominy with beans, and it worked perfectly well.

  • 1 oz dried chiles of your choosing (I used anchos)
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 lbs boneless pork chops (or any other meat of your choosing)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 15 oz cans of hominy (I rebelliously used pinto beans this time around)
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 8 minced garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp minced fresh oregano
  • 1 lime


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place chiles on a baking sheet and place in oven, middle rack. Bake until peppers puff—about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and remove stems and seeds when peppers are cool enough.
  4. Combine chiles and 1 cup of broth in a pot. Cover, and cook on high until broth boils. Remove from heat and let cool.


  1. Season pork with salt and pepper.
  2. Hear 2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until smoke forms.
  3. Brown pork all around and then transfer to a plate.
  4. Add hominy/beans to pot and cook while stirring. When hominy starts to darken (or beans start to soften), transfer it to a bowl.
  5. Heat remaining oil in the empty pot over medium.
  6. Add onion and cook until softened.
  7. Stir in garlic.
  8. Transfer onion mixture to a blender together with the softened chile mixture, and puree.
  9. Combine remaining broth, puree, pork, oregano, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in empty pot. Bring to a boil.
  10. Reduce heat to low, and simmer covered until meat is tender. About 1 hour.
  11. Transfer pork to a plate. Add hominy/beans to pot and simmer covered for about 30 minutes.
  12. Shred meat into bite-size pieces and return to pot. Cook until thoroughly heated through.
  13. Remove from heat and add lime juice.

Et voilà: Done!

You can add most any type of toppings to the soup—onions, cilantro, and avocado are common. I’m more of a purist and enjoy the hearty soup as-is.