Mrs. Biderman’s Pozole
Beth Biderman learned to make this Mexican fiesta soup from a friend on Martha’s Vineyard who, in turn, learned it in the Taxco region of Mexico. The original recipe called for a hog’s head, but Mrs. Biderman uses fresh ham or pork loin and still comes up with a rich meal-in-a-pot that guests ask for again and again.
Serves6 to 8
Total Timeunder 4 hours
One Pot MealYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together
Recipe Coursemain course
Dietary Considerationmain course
Taste and Texturegarlicky, meaty, savory
Type of Dishhot soup
- 1 fresh ham or pork loin (4 to 5 pounds)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 4 cans (14 ounces each) whole hominy, drained
- 4 limes, cut into eighths
- 4 avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced
- 1 large Spanish onion, diced
- 2 packages unflavored tortilla chips
- 2 packages fried pork rinds
- ¼ cup dried red pepper flakes
- Chopped fresh oregano
In a large stockpot, combine the meat, garlic, salt, and 4 quarts water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the meat is tender or until the internal temperature registers 175°F on a meat thermometer, about 2 hours. Remove the meat and allow it to cool. Skim the fat from the broth.
Shred the meat and place it in a large shallow baking dish. Add a ladle or two of the broth to keep the pork moist. Cover with aluminum foil and set aside. (The recipe can be prepared ahead up to this point.)
Preheat the oven to 250°F.
Place the pork in the oven to warm.
Meanwhile, bring the broth to a boil again. Add the drained hominy and simmer for 20 minutes.
To serve, divide the pork and hominy among 6 to 8 large soup bowls. Add enough of the broth to fill the bowl halfway. Pass the garnishes at the table.
1992 Molly O'Neill