A puréed salsa made with roasted pumpkin seeds helps give this posole a rich flavor and chowderlike texture.
1 large yellow onion, cut into wedges
3 large poblano chiles
1 serrano chile
1 1/2 pounds tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed
4 unpeeled garlic cloves
2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
About 1 cup salted, roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas), divided
2 cans (29 oz. each) white hominy, rinsed and drained
5 to 6 cups vegetable broth
About 5 tsp. dried Mexican oregano, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 large zucchini, cut into large dice
Accompaniments: corn tortillas, cilantro leaves, thinly sliced green onions, and crumbled cotija cheese
How to Make It
Preheat broiler with oven rack 3 in. from heat. Set yellow onion, poblanos, serrano, tomatillos, and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil, turning, until vegetables are browned to blackened all over, 15 to 30 minutes, moving them to a bowl as browned. Let cool.
Toast ancho chiles in a large pot over medium heat until fragrant, pressing down with tongs and turning occasionally, about 3 minutes. Turn off heat.
Peel and seed poblanos and serrano. Peel garlic. Whirl serrano, garlic, onion, tomatillos and any juices, and 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds in a food processor until very smooth. Pour into pot with whole anchos (they'll fall apart as they cook). Coarsely chop poblanos and add to pot.
Stir in hominy, 5 cups broth, 2 tsp. oregano, and the cumin. Cover, bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cumin flavor is mellow, about 45 minutes. Discard any large pieces of ancho chile.
Stir zucchini into posole and simmer just until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in more broth if you'd like a thinner soup.
Ladle posole into bowls and serve with remaining pumpkin seeds and oregano and other accompaniments to taste.
the taste was excellent. this is not your traditional posole in that it is more a stew than a soup.the flavors and textures gave a real heartiness to the soup, an earthiness that was very pleasing. for meat lovers, i added rotisserie chicken to the bowl and ladeled the "stew" over. most satisfying.
We double the pumpkin seed salsa part of the recipe just so that we can have extra on hand. We love the flavors and textures. This is a great vegetarian meal, friends loved it, and it is affordable. We are glad we tried it.
In step one where the recipe calls for broiling the peppers, tomatillos, onions, etc. until they are "browned to blackened all over" -- take this literally. The resulting blended combo, when done according to directions, is what gives the base heft and earthiness. I made the mistake of tossing under-broiled (but soft) tomatillos in the blender, which resulted in a very acidic broth that required altering the recipe with a dash of agave and chicken broth and a very long simmer -- and it still seemed a bit 'unripe'. I prefer traditional posole with pork, but if I were to make this again, I'd broil the different vegetables separately.
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