Editor's Note: Posole, sometimes written as pozole, is a traditional Mexican soup recipe that uses hominy, meat, spices, and other ingredients to form a hearty stew. This posole recipe uses pork, lamb, and sausage for a variety of meaty flavors that make this Mexican stew a family favorite. This posole soup is hearty and rich and stands alone as a main course. Posole is usually served on special occasions such as holidays and birthdays, but there's no reason you can't cook this mid-week and have a little celebration!
Serves8 to 10
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party
Recipe CourseMain Course
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and TextureMeaty, Rich, Savory
- 3 thick slices slab bacon
- ¾ pound pork shoulder or neck, cut into 1-inch cubes
- ¾ pound lamb shoulder or neck, cut into 1-inch cubes
- Salt and freshly milled pepper
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 to 4 quarts chicken stock, as needed
- 2 pounds dried posole
- 10 fresh green chile peppers-seeded, deveined, and chopped
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
- 2 pinches saffron threads
- ¾ pound linguica sausage
- ¾ pound chorizo or Italian sweet sausage
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
In a heavy skillet, render the bacon. Drain on paper towels when crisp.
Season the pork and lamb with salt and pepper. Brown the meat in the bacon fat over moderately high heat, cover and refrigerate.
Add the onions and garlic to the bacon fat and sauté until translucent, set aside. Add ½ cup of the chicken stock to the skillet and deglaze the pan, scraping up the brown bits that cling to the bottom. Pour the liquid into a large kettle. Add about 3 quarts of the chicken stock, the posole, green chiles, oregano, saffron, and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 2 hours, stirring from time to time and adding more chicken stock or water as needed. Add the pork and lamb, and continue to cook for 1 to 1½ hours, until the posole is tender.
Twenty minutes before the posole is ready to serve, prepare the sausages. Poach the linguica in a pot of simmering water for 15 minutes. In a medium skillet filled with ¼-inch of water, cook the chorizo over moderately high heat until the water evaporates and the sausages brown.
Place the posole in a heated crock or bowl. Arrange the sausages in the posole. Dust with the chopped cilantro or parsley and serve.