Posole Verde

This is a dish common to parts of southern Mexico. Posole is something of a Mexican analogue to ramen; but instead of noodles, posole uses hominy.

Posole Verde
Posole offers a great deal of variety by way of optional toppings, creating a unique and flavorful experience each time. This is a dish common to parts of southern Mexico. Posole is something of a Mexican analogue to ramen; but instead of noodles, posole uses nixtamal/hominy. In the recipe below, water is used for cooking but there is no reason why a more complex broth of different bones, etc, can’t be used. The beauty of posole verde is its versatility; it's components can be altered by amount or substitution to allow for experimentation and freedom in constructing the dish.

For the Posole

  • 1 ¼ lb. tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 2 large poblano chiles (12 oz.)
  • 1 large jalapeno
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ large white onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground cumin seed
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 1 29-oz. can hominy, drained and rinsed (3 cups)
  • 1 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, shredded (1 ¼ cups)
  • 1 packed cups spinach, large stems removed
  • 2 cups chicken stock, or more as needed

For Serving

  • 1 link cooked chorizo (3 oz.), chopped into ½ inch pieces
  • Crumbled cotija or Oaxacan cheese
  • Thinly sliced radishes
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler and set a rack in the top third of the oven. On a baking sheet, add the tomatillos, poblanos, and jalapeno; broil, turning the chiles occasionally with tongs, until the skins of the chiles are blackened and the peppers have softened, 14-16 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly, then seed and stem the peppers and remove and discard their skins.
  2. Transfer the tomatillos and the flesh of the chiles to a blender; blend until almost smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a 4-quart Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, cumin, black pepper, and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened, 6-7 minutes. Add the tomatillo mixture and chicken stock and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the hominy, shredded chicken, and spinach; cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach is wilted and the flavors have melded, 10-15 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Add a little more chicken stock if needed to loosen the consistency.
  4. Meanwhile, crisp the chorizo: In a small skillet over medium heat, add the cubed chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned and crispy in places, about 14 minutes.
  5. Ladle the posole into bowls and top with the chorizo, cheese, radishes, and cilantro leaves to taste. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.