Pozole: A Celebratory Mexican Stew


Immerse yourself in the rich flavors and cultural heritage of Mexico with Pozole, a traditional stew that is as much a feast for the senses as it is a celebration of life's special moments. This hearty dish combines hominy (nixtamalized corn) with tender meat, typically pork, in a savory broth flavored with a blend of spices and chili peppers. Served with an array of fresh toppings like shredded cabbage, radishes, avocado, and lime, each bowl of Pozole is a customizable delight that promises warmth, comfort, and joy.

Pozole: A Celebratory Mexican Stew

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 8
  • Serving Size: 1 hearty bowl

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 350
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 750mg


  • 2 pounds pork shoulder, cut into chunks
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans (29 ounces each) white hominy, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh toppings: shredded cabbage, sliced radishes, chopped onions, diced avocado, lime wedges, and chopped cilantro

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a large pot, cover the pork shoulder with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour, or until the pork is tender. Remove the pork and shred it, reserving the cooking liquid.
  2. In a separate pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, cooking until softened.
  3. Add the shredded pork, chicken broth, hominy, cumin, oregano, bay leaves, ancho chiles, and salt and pepper to the pot. Pour in enough of the reserved pork cooking liquid to cover the ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for an additional hour, allowing the flavors to meld.
  5. Remove the bay leaves and ancho chiles. Adjust seasoning as needed.
  6. Serve hot, allowing each person to garnish their Pozole with fresh toppings as desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a deeper flavor, toast the ancho chiles before adding them to the stew.
  • Pozole can also be made with chicken or beef as alternative meats.
  • For a spicier stew, include additional chili peppers such as guajillo or pasilla.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can Pozole be made in advance?

Yes, Pozole often tastes better the next day as the flavors have more time to develop. Just reheat and add fresh garnishes before serving.

Is Pozole gluten-free?

Yes, when made with the listed ingredients, Pozole is naturally gluten-free. Always check the labels on canned goods to be sure.

How can I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat, adding fresh garnishes.

Pozole is more than just a meal; it's a vibrant expression of Mexican culture and tradition, bringing people together in celebration and comfort. Whether shared with family during the holidays or savored as a nourishing meal, Pozole is a testament to the power of food to warm the heart and soul. Here’s to the joyous gatherings and the rich, spicy bowls of Pozole that make them memorable.