Mexican Pork Posole
- Yield 4 to 6 servings
- 4 dried whole New Mexico chiles
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 teaspoons peanut oil
- 8 ounces boneless pork loin chops, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
- 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 2 15.5-ounce cans white hominy, drained and rinsed
- kosher salt
- 1/2 cup green cabbage, shredded
- 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup radishes, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 limes, quartered
- Place chiles in a heatproof medium bowl. Pour boiling water over chiles. Let stand until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain, reserving ¼ cup of the liquid. Cut the chiles lengthwise in half and discard the stems and seeds. Transfer to a blender or food processor and puree with the reserved liquid. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the pork to a plate.
- Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, onion, and garlic to the Dutch oven. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chile paste and oregano and mix well.
- Return the pork to the Dutch oven. Add the broth and hominy and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and cover. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are blended and the pozole thickens slightly, about 1 hour. Season with salt.
- To serve, ladle the pozole into soup bowls. Allow each guest to top with cabbage, avocado, radishes, and cilantro, as desired, and serve lime wedges on the side for squeezing.
Reprinted with permission from Latin D’Lite: Delicious Latin Recipes with a Healthy Twist. Copyright 2013, Celebra Hardcover.