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Pork Posole

Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 1 hr, 35 mins
Yield 4 servings
Comfort food, Mexican-style.It's amazing how much flavor there is in such a humble (and, by the way, inexpensive) dish. The star of the soup is hominy, with its chewy texture and toasty-corn character; you'll find it with the Latin foods in the supermarket. Updates were minor: We simply omitted some oil and meat drippings for a cleaner broth.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 1 (28-ounce) can hominy, drained
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 4 radishes, sliced
  • 4 lime wedges

Nutrition Information

  • calories 231
  • fat 5.5 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 2.3 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 14.2 g
  • carbohydrate 30.3 g
  • fiber 5.5 g
  • cholesterol 27 mg
  • iron 2.9 mg
  • sodium 581 mg
  • calcium 70 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add pork; sauté 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove pork from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan. Add onion to pan; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Return pork to pan; stir in cumin and pepper. Add beer; bring to a boil. Cook until liquid almost evaporates (about 9 minutes).

  2. Add chicken stock, salsa, and hominy; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 10 minutes or until pork is very tender, stirring occasionally. Ladle 1 1/3 cups soup into each of 4 bowls. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon cilantro and 1 sliced radish. Serve with lime wedges.

Cook's Notes

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Also appeared in: Cooking Light, March, 2011;