Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Mexican Pork Stew (Posole)

I made dinner for a friend tonight, but I didn't make enough for us to have the same thing as what I gave away. So I made this for us. At first, everyone was disappointed that we didn't get the food we were giving away. After tasting this, however, we were all very happy with our dinner offering. I absolutely love the flavor of using dried chiles. A friend from work (who is from Mexico) told me about this tip several years ago. The dried chiles can be found in the Mexican aisle of the grocery store (Winco especially has a great selection).

New Mexican Pork Stew (Posole)
Serves 6 to 8

Don't use store-bought chile powder. Dried ancho chiles make all the difference. Serve posole with sliced radishes and green cabbage, chopped avocado, hot sauce, and lime wedges.

3/4 ounce dried ancho chiles, (about 3 chiles)
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 pounds boneless, country-style pork ribs
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 (15-ounce) cans white hominy, rinsed and drained well
2 onions, chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
1 tablespoon lime juice

1. PREPARE CHILES Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Place chiles on baking sheet and bake until puffed and -fragrant, about 6 minutes. When chiles are cool enough to handle, remove stems and seeds. Combine chiles and 1 cup broth in medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave until bubbling, about 2 minutes. Let stand until softened, 10 to 15 minutes.

2. BROWN PORK Pat pork dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until just smoking. Cook pork until well browned all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer pork to plate. Add hominy to now-empty pot and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and hominy begins to darken, 2 to 3 -minutes. Transfer hominy to medium bowl.

3. SIMMER BROTH Heat remaining oil in now-empty pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Puree onion mixture with softened chile mixture in blender. Combine remaining broth, pureed onion-chile mixture, pork, oregano, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in now-empty pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until meat is tender, 1 to 1½ hours.

4. FINISH STEW Transfer pork to clean plate. Add hominy to pot and simmer, covered, until tender, about 30 minutes. Skim fat from broth. When meat is cool enough to handle, shred into bite-size pieces, discarding fat. Return pork to pot and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Off heat, add lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. (Posole can be refrigerated in airtight container for 3 days.)

Recipe source: Cook's Country


  1. This soup is my sister-in-law's Christmas tradition. Thanks for sharing it. What did your friends get for dinner that night?

  2. They love sushi--so they got homemade sushi, cold sesame noodles, Asian lettuce salad, and Congo bars.

    1. Yum! I think I remember that day... Not sure though.