While pregnant with my daughter I happened to try a soup at a Mexican restaurant called posole (pozole). I was immediately hooked on the rich taste. Poor hubs was on a first name basis with the staff there by the time I had my baby--I had to have that soup!
I was really intimidated with the idea of trying to make this soup at home. When I scoured the internet for recipes, most involved a multi-step process to get a batch of ancho or red chilies to flavor the soup. It looked pretty involved. I had to look up what exactly hominy was. Turns out it just corn kernels that are soaked in an alkali solution to remove the husk and seed germ, and cause the kernel to puff up.
So I experimented and came up with a recipe that may not be quite authentic, but is lick-the-bowl delicious! Here's how you make this deliciousness:
2 lbs pork shoulder or pork loin
1 large white or yellow onion, chopped
2 large (1 lb 13 oz) cans Mexican style hominy, drained (Note: This is a lot of hominy so feel free to adjust down to one large can or 2 smaller cans)
2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp Chile Molido (ground pasilla chili) powder--this will add a good amount of heat so cut the amount down if you want less spiciness. (Usually found at Hispanic food stores or in the section for Hispanic foods and seasonings in grocery stores)
3 bay leaves
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp dried oregano
6 garlic cloves, whole
2 cups water
You can also try these traditional garnishes:
cabbage, thinly chopped
green or white onion, chopped
|Pork cut into pieces|
Lightly season meat with a sprinkle of salt and black pepper.
Add the vegetable oil to a large soup or Dutch oven pot on medium heat.
|Cook pork until very little pink shows|
|This is the broth before pasilla|
|This is the broth after adding pasilla|
Add whichever garnishes you choose (I have to squeeze a few lime wedges into mine), and then enjoy this soup which is hearty, warm, and perfect for filling hungry bellies on those chilly evenings!
|What this soup lacks in looks, it more than makes up for in taste!|