Posole Recipe

An easy recipe for traditional posole.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 -5 servings


  • 3 large poblano peppers, 1 lb. total
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cans white hominy 14 1/2 oz. each
  • 1 1/2 pounds boned and skinned chicken thighs*
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano,* divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons ground red New Mexico chiles*
  • Garnishes: sliced avocado, lime wedges, cilantro sprigs, radish slices, and sour cream


  • Preheat broiler. When hot, broil poblanos on a baking sheet covered in foil, until blackened, turning as needed, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, whirl garlic to mince. Cut onion in chunks and pulse with garlic until chopped; set aside. Drain hominy; set aside.
  • Cut chicken into 1- to 1 1/2-in. chunks and sprinkle with salt and 1 tsp. oregano. Heat oil in a 5- to 6-qt. pan over high heat. Brown half the chicken lightly, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer meat to a plate. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  • Reduce heat to medium-high. Add onion mixture and remaining 1 tsp. oregano to pan and sauté until onion is softened, 3 minutes. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, microwave broth until steaming, about 3 minutes. Add ground chiles to pan and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds.
  • Add broth, hominy, and chicken to pan. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer to blend flavors, 10 minutes.
  • Remove stems, skins, and seeds from poblanos and discard; chop poblanos.
  • Stir poblanos into posole and cook 1 minute. Ladle into bowls; top with garnishes.


*Find Mexican oregano at well-stocked grocery stores, along with ground red New Mexico chiles. *You may use pork shoulder instead of chicken thighs for a richer soup or use already cooked and shredded chicken or turkey. *Poblano peppers and Pasilla peppers may be used interchangeably ***Sometimes I also add in sweet potatoes, black beans, and corn to this recipe
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