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Many layers of flavors and heat combine into this wonderful, spicy, traditional Mexican soup called Pozole, or Posole. An authentic Mexican dish that is celebrated on Cinco de Mayo, birthdays, Christmas, New Years and Independence day. A classic pork and hominy soup that is robust and spicy.
Walking into the oldest market in Austin, B Avenue Grocery, the aroma of the daily soup greeted me at the door. The owner was very eager to share his newest soup recipe with me, Chicken Posole, a spicy soup to warm you from the inside-out.
I have never had Posole before but from that day on I was hooked. It was really, really spicy and after making this a few times I can see how easy it is to over spice this soup. The soup is built on many layers of flavor, many of which has a little spicy bite to it, until you end up with a beautiful soup, begging to be slurped up with some crusty bread.
After many tries at this soup, I finally omitted the chili powder, it just isn’t needed with all of the other spices and poblano that provides the heat.
The smokiness of the paprika gives such a wonderful depth of flavor, that I actually prefer this to chili powder. This soup is very forgiving, you can omit ingredients and change ratios to your liking, but one thing that is common in all Posole is the hominy.
After all, pozole means hominy in Spanish. It is a traditional dish that is served at special functions like birthdays and weddings. So yeah, don’t fool with the hominy.
What are the different types of Pozole?
- Red pozole, pozole rojo, which is colored and flavored with dried red chiles, fresh red chiles and tomatoes.
- Green pozole, pozole verde, a colorful soup packed with tomatillos, green chiles, cilantro, epizote, jalapeños and pepitas.
- White posole, pozole blanco, a soup prepared without the usual elements that color the rojo or verde versions.
Garnishes for Pozole
- radishes, sliced or diced
- lime wedges
- tortilla chips
- red onion
- shredded lettuce
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CONFUSED ABOUT THE DIFFERENT CHILI POWDERS? I’ve got the details in my article What is Chili Powder?