This Easy Pork Posole recipe is inspired by my recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I dined at the Famous Plaza Café, Santa Fe’s oldest restaurant and ordered Posole Pork and a Blue Corn Piñon Pancake for breakfast. The posole was served with sliced cabbage, diced onion, chopped cilantro, and a slice of lime. Like everything in Santa Fe, it came with red or green chile, too. (I ordered green as red is too spicy for me.)
The posole soup was amazing! Their pork posole recipe had a wonderful clear broth, big pieces of shredded pork, and white hominy. It was so delicious that was inspired to come up with an authentic posole recipe once I got home.
The numerous New Mexican cookbooks I bought on my trip gave directions on how to make hominy from scratch. Hominy is corn that has been dried, then treated by soaking and cooking the corn in a solution of lye and slaked lime (calcium hydroxide). Luckily, you can get canned hominy at your grocery store.
The cookbooks also pointed out that to get the best flavor, you had to cook the posole ingredients for hours to mix the flavors of the spices, peppers, broth, pork, and hominy. I’m sure there had to be an easier way, which is why I chose Smithfield® Marinated Pork for this "Real Flavor Real Fast" recipe!
Why you should use Smithfield® Marinated Pork in Easy Pork Posole
Smithfield® Marinated Pork is already trimmed and marinated, so you can make a Easy Pork Posole in 30 minutes or less. Smithfield Marinated Pork comes in a variety of flavors and can be grilled, roasted or sautéed. It’s also available at my local Food Loin grocery store.
I chose the Garlic & Herb Marinated Fresh Pork Tenderloin for my pork posole soup recipe. However, I bet Mesquite, Rosemary & Olive Oil, and Peppercorn & Garlic Marinated Fresh Pork Tenderloin would all be enticing choices for this pork and hominy posole dish.
When preparing the Smithfield® Marinated Pork, I cut it up into bite sized pieces and sautéed the pork right in the soup pot I was using. Next time I make Easy Pork Posole, I’m going to cut up the Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork Tenderloin into 1/2 to 1 inch slices and cook it on the grill. I suspect the freshly grilled pork will taste even better in this pork pozole recipe.
Go to the Smithfield website for more "Real Flavor Real Fast" 30 minute or less recipe ideas.
This Mama’s tips for making Easy Pork Posole
There are three types of traditional New Mexican pozole - blanco/white, verde/green, and rojo/red. Green posole (also called pozole with a “z”) adds green ingredients like tomatillos, cilantro, jalapenos, Anaheim peppers (also called New Mexican peppers) or pepitas (pumpkin seeds). Rojo posole uses red chiles like ancho or chipotle. The kind I had in Santa Fe was blanco pozole soup, which I had the option of turning into verde or rojo by adding the green or red chile. My recipe for Easy Pork Posole is actually a combined verde and rojo recipe since I use a can of tomatoes with jalapenos and ground chipotle. If you want your posole soup to look green, forgo the can of diced tomatoes and use some canned jalapenos or green chiles.
Canned hominy comes in white or yellow. I make posole soup with white hominy, since the posole I had in Santa Fe also used white. But you can use yellow hominy if you think that’s prettier.
Speaking of canned posole ingredients, to make Easy Pork Posole in 30 minutes or less, use canned or prepared foods whenever possible such as prepared onions and cabbage. No need to cry when slicing onions if you can find diced onion in your grocery store. (Look in the salad section.) I also used bagged thinly sliced cabbage (usually used in coleslaw) so I didn’t have to get my food processor out.
If you find the prepared onion too pricey at your grocery store, use a handheld food chopper to finely dice your onions. Much easier than cutting up the onion with a knife!
If you’re gluten free, make sure that the chicken broth you’re purchasing is gluten free. Not all brands are. Check the label carefully!
You’ll need a very large pot to make this Easy Pork posole recipe. I used a 9 quart Dutch oven.
My grocery store sells canned diced tomatoes with jalapenos and canned diced tomatoes with green chiles. I chose jalapenos because they’re not quite as hot as regular green chiles. I’m a wimp.
Check out the Mexican/Hispanic section of your grocery store for ground chipotle and other spices. They’re often cheaper than the spices you find in the baking aisle.
Speaking of spicy, serve this quick posole recipe with your favorite Mexican hot sauce to make it even hotter!
Finally, this Easy Pork Posole is hearty enough to be a meal on its own. If you need an extra little something, serve the posole with tortilla chips and guacamole.
Easy Pork Posole
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 (2 pound) package Smithfield Garlic & Herb Marinated Fresh Pork Tenderloin, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 (32 ounce) cartons gluten free chicken broth
- 4 (15 ounce) cans white hominy, drained and rinsed
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with jalapenos (do NOT drain)
- Sliced radishes, chopped cilantro, diced red onions, shredded cabbage, diced avocado, and slices of lime for serving.
- Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat.
- Add the pieces of bite sized pork and stir so the pork doesn’t stick to the pot. Cook until browned – about 5-7 minutes.
- Remove pork from pan. Leave any liquid in pan and add onions. Cook until onions turn gold – about 5 minutes.
- Add salt and spices and cook until fragrant – 1 minute.
- Add chicken broth, hominy, and diced tomatoes. Turn up heat to high and bring posole soup to a boil.
- Lower heat and cover. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Ladle posole into bowls. Serve at the table with bowls of chopped cilantro, diced red onions, shredded cabbage, diced avocado, and slices of lime for garnishing. Encourage everyone to add more garnishes as they eat their posole!
- Serving size: Serving size: 1/4 to 1/6 of recipe
Look for Smithfield Marinated Pork at your local Food Lion store!
Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.