Pozole rojo (Mexican pork and hominy stew)

    3 hours 30 min

    The traditional Mexican dish in its red version: pork and hominy in a thick broth coloured and flavored with guajillo chillies.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1kg hominy
    • 1 head garlic
    • salt to taste
    • 1kg pork meat, cut in a few pieces (see footnote)
    • 1 large plum tomato
    • 100g ​guajillo chillies, stemmed and seeded
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 pinch ground cumin
    • 1 clove garlic
    • To serve
    • 1 small iceberg lettuce, finely chopped
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 4 limes, quartered
    • tortilla chips

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr30min 

    1. Place hominy in a large pot, cover with water, add 1 head of garlic and salt to taste; cook over medium heat for 2 hours.
    2. After 2 hours, add the pork and cook for one additional hour or until the meat is tender.
    3. Meanwhile, boil tomato and chillies until soft. In a blender, blend tomatoes, chillies, salt, oregano, cumin and 1 garlic clove with two mugfuls of water. Strain through a sieve and set aside.
    4. Once fully cooked, shred the pork with two forks; set aside.
    5. Pour chilli sauce into the pot with hominy and bring to the boil. Return the shredded pork to the pot. Taste the stew and, if necessary, add more salt. Let everything simmer together for a few minutes to allow flavours to blend.
    6. Serve hot and garnish with copped lettuce and onion. Serve with tortilla chips on the side and a wedge of lime.

    Pork note

    This dish requires different cuts of pork: shoulder, loin, leg. It's important to have both lean and fatty cuts.

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    Reviews in English (5)


    This was my first time making the soup. I modified it by using chicken breast and added lots of toppings. It was good but I did miss the original pork flavor.  -  27 Oct 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was awesome! My husband loved it and he doesn't like Mexican soup's other than meatball soup.  -  04 Mar 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Love this soup so much. I added a can of hominy and cooked the recommended time as I rather like the cooked in flavor it lends but I also add the rest about 45 minutes before serving and let it cook. I prefer the red Pozole 100% of the time. Yummm  -  16 Feb 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)