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Pati Jinich Red Pozole with Traditional Garnishes

Red Pozole with Traditional Garnishes
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Serves: 12

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Ingredients

For the pozole:

1 pound dried hominy or 3 29-ounce cans hominy, drained and rinsed

1 head garlic, papery outer layers removed, but not entirely peeled (if using dried hominy)

2 whole chickens (about 3 pounds each), rinsed and cut into serving pieces, or a combination of 3 pounds chicken and 3 pounds pork shoulder or butt

1 white onion, peeled

5 fresh cilantro sprigs

1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt, plus more to taste


For the chile puree:

2 ancho chiles (about 1 ounce) rinsed, stemmed and seeded

3 guajillo chiles (about 1 ounce) rinsed, stemmed and seeded

3 tablespoons coarsely chopped white onion

3 garlic cloves

Pinch of ground cumin

2 whole cloves

1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or more to taste

3 tablespoons vegetable oil


Garnishes:

5-6 limes, halved

10 radishes, rinsed, halved and thinly sliced

1 head of romaine lettuce, rinsed, drained and thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped white onion

Dried ground chile, such as piquín, ancho, chipotle or a Mexican mix

Dried oregano

Crispy tostadas or tortilla chips, store-bought or homemade

Refried beans, store-bought or homemade (optional)

To Prepare

To make the pozole: If using dried hominy, place it in a large soup pot. Add water to the pot to cover the hominy by at least 3-inches. Add the head of garlic. Don’t add salt now or the hominy will toughen. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium-low heat, partially covered, for 4 to 5 hours, until hominy is tender and has begun to “bloom” or open up. Occasionally skim the foam from the top as the hominy cooks and make sure it doesn’t dry as it cooks, adding more hot water if need be. If using canned or pre-cooked hominy, start with step below.

Meanwhile, place the chicken (and pork, if using), in a large soup pot. Add water to cover the top layer of chicken by at least 2 inches. Add the onion, cilantro and the tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil. Simmer, partially covered, until chicken is cooked through and tender, about 35 minutes. Drain, reserving the cooking broth. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and bones and shred the meat into bite-sized pieces.

In the soup pot, combine the cooked hominy and its broth (discard the garlic head), or the canned hominy and 2 cups water, with the shredded chicken and its broth. Taste for salt, add more if need be, and simmer all together for 10 minutes more.

To make the chile puree: Place the chiles in a 3-quart saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the chiles have softened and rehydrated. Place the chiles, along with 1/2 cup of their cooking liquid, the onion, garlic, cumin, cloves and salt in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. If using a food processor, be sure to wrap a towel around the joint between the lid and the base to catch any escaping liquid. Pass the sauce through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl, pressing gently on the solids with the back of a wooden spoon to extract as much liquid as possible.

Heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in the 3-quart saucepan over medium heat until hot, but not smoking. Add the chile puree, bring to a boil and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally and allowing it to thicken.

Add the red chile sauce to simmering pozole, let it cook for an additional 25 minutes, adjust the seasoning, and serve in soup bowls. Arrange the garnishes in smaller bowls on the table and let your guests customize their pozole. Or, if making ahead, let the pozole cool then cover and refrigerate, and reheat when you are ready to serve.

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Comments

GRACIAS! Pati, the mystery of making posole over…muchisimas gracias for posting this important recipe! I am looking forward to making. One question..if I want posole de puerco, what cuts do you recommend?

mil gracias!

Gilda de Los Angeles

Gilda, I would do shoulder or butt….



First red gefilte fish, now red pozole! You are truly a genius! Thank you so very much.


My daughter is arriving in two days. Should I keep in refridgerator or freeze leftovers?

Hi Vernoica, So happy you are making this for your daughter! You can keep leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for about a week but, any longer, I would freeze.



I appreciate how you responded to me. Hoping you read this, I would like for you know that I made your tres leche cake for Easter and it was a success.I followed your recipe step by step and I felt the love in it because I took my time.It was delicious. The pozole was easy to make and I did the same, I followed the steps, with a little love and it was delicious as well. I now understand how cooking comes from the heart. Thank you, I enjoy your show very much and I love how you implement my culture into your program.
Thanks again,
Veronica Rodriguez Romero

Gracias, Veronica, for such a lovely note.



Hola Pati: I live in Southern California, Mexican food and Culture are a beautiful part of our lives. I really enjoyed this episode. I used to make Red Chicken Pozole years ago and want to try again. My friends used to love the way I made it, but seeing how you do it(which is the right way) I’m anxious to follow your method. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Pati, I used to cut a lot of corners when I made this dish in the past LOL. Again, Muchas Gracias. John Shollenberger

Can’t wait to hear what you think, John!



How would one make posole as a vegetarian dish?

Thanks for the info.

You can use veggie broth, and add more vegetables of your choice to the mix! There are also great straight vegetarian pozole recipes, will try to post some soon.



You are such a vibrant person. I love your recipes and they turn out like what I see on your show. I enjoy cooking international foods. Thank you. – Rita

Hi Rita, Thank you so much! Glad to hear you are trying some of the recipes!!



Hi. I made the red posole this weekend and it was amazing! Where did the bowls come from that you served the posole in on the show? I love your show and have learned so much.

Hola Michele, Thank you for watching & for making the pozole! I got the bowls in Mexico.



Hi Pati:

I saw your show for the first time and had to look up your recipe for the Red Pozole w/garnishes. We just moved to San Antonio from the east coast and just love authentic Mexican food. I can’t wait for my husband, who is the cook, to make these receipes. I will be watching you regularly on TV.

Thanks so much.
Kathy

Hi Kathy, Thank you so much for watching! You will have to let me know how the pozole turns out.



I just made this extra special pozole last night and it is SO delicious!! I am always cooking, but my husband said that this is his favorite thing I have ever made. He and my son both had thirds.
It is such a beautiful, heartwarming soup.
Gracias Pati!

Thank you, Jessica!! I am so flattered!




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