Pork Posole

Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver

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.

Yield: 4 servings
Total:
Cost per Serving: $2.46
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 25 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 35 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 231
  • Fat: 5.5g
  • Saturated fat: 1.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 14.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 30.3g
  • Fiber: 5.5g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg
  • Iron: 2.9mg
  • Sodium: 581mg
  • Calcium: 70mg

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

Preparation

  1. 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. 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.
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Also featured in: Cooking Light, March 2011
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