Easy to Make Posole Recipe

Posole is a soup that's beautiful and delicious enough to serve at gatherings with friends, but low maintenance enough to make as a weeknight meal for family. It's so good that you should just plan to make a double batch and freeze a portion for later. You'll be glad you did.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 pounds pork shoulder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 5  dried ancho or guajillo chili pods (stem and seeds removed)
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 25 oz. can hominy, (1)
  • Optional garnishes:  sliced radish, diced avocado, sour cream, cilantro

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Step 1: Salt and Pepper the Pork

Liberally salt and pepper the pork on all sides

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Step 2: Sear the Pork

Heat the olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven. Sear the pork on all sides.

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Step 3: Brown the Onions

Remove the pork from the pan, and then add the onions, cooking until they start to brown.

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Step 4: Combine Ingredients in the Pot

Pour in the broth, scraping to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Add the pork, chili pods, just half the hominy (reserve the other half for later), spices, garlic and bay leaf. Simmer until the pork is fork-tender and shreds easily, about 4 hours.

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  • Running short on time? Slow cook it! Transfer it to a slow cooker at this stage, cook on low for 8 hours, then continue with the remaining steps.

Step 5: Shred the Pork

Remove the pork from the pot, shred using two forks.

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Step 6: Blend the Broth

Remove the bay leaves (if your blender isn't powerful, remove the chili pods as well) and pour everything from the pot (not the pork) into the blender. Blend until smooth.

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Step 7: Simmer for 10 Minutes

Add the blended broth, the shredded pork, and the remaining hominy back into the pot. Simmer for 10 minutes or until ready to serve (posole can simmer for quite a while without incident). Thin with water or broth to your desired consistency. Ladle into bowls and garnish as desired.

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  • Perfect freezer meal! Portion into freezer containers (without garnishes) and freeze for later. It reheats beautifully.

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