Today I have a recipe for pozole verde de pollo or a green Mexican hominy and chicken soup using an ingredient that is new to me, hominy. Hominy is a dried corn has been treated with an alkali, in a process called nixtamalization and it makes for an excellent alternative for potatoes, beans, etc., especially in soups like this! I have come across dried hominy and hominy in a can and you can use it much like beans where you soak the dried hominy overnight and then cook it until tender or you can use it straight from the can. Pozole is another name for hominy and it’s also the name of the soup/stew that it is commonly served in. There are a lot of different kinds of pozole with the more common ones being white, green or red, based on the colour. This is a green pozole and the green comes form the broth, which is a chicken broth base, with pureed tomatillos and green chilies like jalapenos and poblanos along with plenty of cilantro. Other than the long cooking time for the hominy, this soup is super easy to make and it’s just packed with flavour! The fun part of this soup is of course the topping/garnishes that you serve it with and I like extra cilantro, lime wedges, avocado, queso fresco, radish and onions!
Pozole Verde de Pollo (Green Mexican Hominy and Chicken Soup)
A green Mexican style chicken soup with hominy (a large corn kernel) in a tasty tomatillo and chili chicken broth!
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 teaspoons cumin, toasted and ground
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups hominy, soaked in cold water overnight
- 3 pounds chicken (whole or legs, thighs, etc.)
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 pound tomatillos
- 2 jalapenos, cut in half, seeds removed
- 2 poblano chilies, cut in half, seeds removed
- 1/2 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons lime juice (~1 lime)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, add the onion and cook until tender, about 3-5 minutes, before adding the garlic and cumin and cooking until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add the broth, chicken, oregano and hominy, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the hominy is tender but still has that al-dente chewiness, about 2 hours.
- Meanwhile, roast the tomatillos, jalapenos and poblanos in under the broiler, in a cast iron pan over high heat or in the direct flames of a gas stove until they are lightly charred black before pureeing them along with the cilantro in a blender with some of the broth from the soup and mixing it back into the soup.
- Remove the chicken from the soup, let cool until you can handle it, shred the meat and mix it back into the soup.
- Mix in the lime juice and season with salt and pepper before enjoying!
Option: Use bacon grease instead of oil!
Option: Add 2-4 tablespoons masa harina and simmer to thicken.
Option: Serve garnished with avocado, radish, onion, cilantro, sour cream, cheese, tortilla chips, etc.!
Option: Add a hit of fish sauce (or soy sauce)!
Option: Instead of using dried hominy use a drained 28oz can of hominy!
Tip: Control the heat spicy heat in this soup by adding the jalapeno and poblano peppers one at a time and testing the heat level of the soup, adding more as needed to get to the desired level of heat.
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