I guess it has cooled off enough here in LA to actually consider it soup weather. Here is one of my childhood favorites . . .
Posole is a Mexican soup/stew that involves hominy. If you aren't familiar with hominy, it's fun and awesome. It's a large, puffy, slightly chewy version of a dried corn that has been soaked in a mineral lime bath. The kernels actually undergo a chemical change and soften and expand into yummy, pillowy hominy. It can be found dried or canned. I just use canned in this recipe for simplicity, but you can soak and cook the dried-like beans if you have the time and inclination.
Some traditional posoles call for pork, but this is a quicker version made with precooked chicken. It may be un poquito gringo, but it's delicious, nourishing, and heart-warming all the same. There are tons of pretty, flavorful condiments to add on top of the soup — it's kind of like dressing up tacos — which is fun for the whole family. Muy delicioso!
If you can't find masa, substitute regular fine corn flour or all-purpose.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup masa corn flour
2 quarts chicken stock
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3 (15 ounce) cans hominy
4 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
- Garnishes (pick your favorites):
Finely shredded cabbage
Shredded jack cheese
- In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until transparent, about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chopped garlic and cook 1 minute. Add chili powder, oregano, brown sugar, and masa flour. Cook 2 minutes to toast spices, stirring occasionally. Add chicken stock, salt, pepper, hominy, and chicken, and stir. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer briskly for at least half an hour, stirring occasionally. If you have more time, simmer longer to let flavors mingle all the more but at a lower temperature (my mom would let this cook for a few hours on a low simmer). Broth should reduce a bit and thicken slightly.
- Serve in bowls and top with whatever garnishes suit your fancy. Fresh lime juice and cilantro are a must!
- Main Dishes, Soup
- North American
- Serves 6