What better way to celebrate Mexican Independence Day than with a beloved Mexican dish like Green Pozole? In Mexico, there are various types of pozole- red, green, white, chicken, beef, pork- just to name a few.
Green pozole with chicken is my favorite, it’s both easy to make and delicious, so I would like to share my recipe with you.
Green Pozole with Chicken (Pozole Verde de Pollo)
- 1 can of hominy 108 oz (3.06 Kg)
- 1 whole chicken
- 2 garlic heads +4 garlic cloves, divided
- 2 Tbsp salt
- 2 pounds tomatillos (find these at the Mexican market and even in some general markets now. See photo below)
- 2 1/2 medium white onions, divided
- 1-3 Serrano peppers (stems removed)
- 2 bunches of cilantro
- 1/3 cup of pepitas (optional, ask at your local Mexican market)
- Up to 2 cups of water
- 1 iceberg lettuce head
- 1 bunch radishes
- 2 avocados
- 8-10 limes
- Dry oregano leaves
- 1-2 pack tostadas
Open the can of hominy and rinse well in a colander until the water is clear. Place the hominy in your largest pot, considering the hominy and the whole chicken are going to need to fit. If you don’t have a large enough pot, split everything in half and place into two pots.
Clean and cut the chicken into 4 pieces and place it all in the pot with the hominy. Take the two garlic heads whole, rinse them and throw them in the pot, too. Lastly, put water in the pot until it covers everything so far. Bring it to boil and then lower the temperature to medium and let it simmer for 45-55 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.
Take the chicken out of the soup and let it cool. In the meantime, prepare the salsa: You may need to do this part in batches, unless you have an industrial blender. In a blender, mix well the 4 cloves of peeled garlic, half an onion, two pounds of tomatillos (peeled and wash), serrano chiles (to taste, one for flavor, two for heat), cilantro and pepitas. Add up to two cups of water in order to blend smoothly.
Add the salsa to the soup pot with the hominy and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes on low heat until the salsa changes in color from bright green to olive green. Add salt and test for taste. The soup is ready to serve.
While the broth is simmering with the salsa, shred the cooked chicken by hand. At this point, you have two options, either add the shredded chicken straight to the pot or keep the chicken separate and add a little bit to each bowl as you serve it to make sure everyone who wants some gets some.
Serving the Pozole
Wash the lettuce and finely chop. Wash and finely slice the radishes and chop the remaining onions. Slice the avocados and cut the limes into halves.
Serve the soup in a traditional ceramic pozole dish, or a bowl, adding some shredded chicken, lettuce, radishes, avocado, a pinch of dry oregano, and lime juice.
Accompany with tostadas (by tostadas, I mean fried tortillas, you can get them at Mexican markets or check the Hispanic Food aisle at your store)