Red Pozole -
5 from 21 votes

Red Pozole Recipe

Prep Time18 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 7 mins
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 18 bowls
Calories: 250kcal



  • 4 lb pork shoulder with at least one large bone and some skin washed, and cut into 4-inch squares. It ok to leave bones with some meat on them.
  • 6 1/2 quarts water + 3 cups
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 15 garlic cloves peeled, divided
  • 1 large onion peeled, divided
  • 8 guajillo peppers
  • optional 6 dried chiles de árbol *
  • 1 (6 lb 9 oz) can of hominy
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 3 tablespoons salt

For garnish

  • 3 heads romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 2 bunches radishes
  • 2 white onions
  • 8 limes or lemons
  • 2 bags of tostadas


  • Place meat into a big pot (I like to use the pot I use for tamales), pour in 6 1/4 quarts of water, bay leaves, 6 garlic cloves and half an onion. Cover and bring to the boil over high heat. Then, lower the temperature to medium high and let it cook at a medium boil for 1 - to 1  1/2 hours or until meat is cooked and tender.
  • While meat is cooking, prepare the sauce, clean the hominy, and prep garnishes: Pour 3 cups water into a separate pot to boil. Remove stems and seeds from guajillo peppers and chiles de árbol (if using them). Don't be afraid to cut them in half or in pieces if it is easier. Put them in a deep bowl and add the rest of the garlic cloves and onion. Pour the 3 cups of boiling water over them, cover and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. You can leave them in the water until you are ready to make the salsa.
  • Wash the hominy kernels really well and leave them in a colander to drain.
  • Wash and slice the lettuce and radishes. Chop onions.
  • About 5-10 minutes before meat is ready, pour the hydrated chiles, garlic, and onion with the water into a blender. Add oregano and salt and mix until smooth. Set aside.
  • When meat is cooked, remove it from the broth with a slotted spoon, but leave the bones in the pot. Remove the bay leaves and any pieces of onion and garlic you happen to find, but don't stress too much if you cannot get them all out.
  • Add hominy and sauce from blender, stir with large spoon. Cover and cook over high heat until boiling again. Then, lower temperature to medium high and let it cook for another 20 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  • While hominy is cooking in the broth, shred the pork, and chop a piece of the pork skin in small pieces, then add the meat back to the pot.
  • Top each bowl of pozole with mounds of lettuce, chopped onion, radishes and a generous squeeze of lime or lemon.
  • Serve with tostadas.


Nutrition Facts
Red Pozole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 1588mg69%
Potassium 544mg16%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 886IU18%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Mexican Classics
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: How to make pozole, how to make red pozole, mexican pozole, red pozole recipe
Author: Silvia


* A note about chiles: chiles guajillos give a smoky flavor to the broth, but are not spicy-hot. If you like spicy pozole, I would recommend either adding chiles de árbol (you can add as many as you like, I would start with 6) or preparing a spicy chile de árbol salsa and adding it to your bowl at serving.
©Mama Latina Tips Media