Ancient Mesoamerican soup

Ancient Mesoamerican soup

Pozole

By
From
My Abuelo's Mexican Feast
Serves
8

Pozole, literally meaning ‘foamy‘, is a very special soup dating back to ancient Mesoamerica where it had ritual significance for the Aztecs. With the main ingredient of hominy, a type of dried corn, pozole was considered a sacred dish.

For the soup

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1.8kg chicken, in portions/jointed
1kg pork, cut into 5 cm cubes, (leg is best)
1 large onion
500g hominy, (see note)
1/2 garlic bulb, cloves separated
3 dried ancho chillies
2 dried cascabel or guajillo chillies
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, pan-roasted then ground
1 teaspoon dried oregano

For the garnish

Quantity Ingredient
lettuce, shredded
radishes, thinly sliced
green chillies, finely chopped
red and white onion, finely chopped
Fresh corn tortillas, hot

Method

  1. Place all the soup ingredients in a large saucepan or stockpot, except the cumin and oregano, adding enough water to cover. Bring to the boil over a high heat, then reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for about 1 hour or until the chicken and pork are tender and falling off the bone.
  2. Remove the chicken and pork from the stock, then remove the meat from the bones and set aside. Remove the onion, garlic cloves and chillies from the stock and set aside. The only ingredient left in the stock should be the hominy.
  3. Place the cooked onion and garlic, the cumin, oregano and 125 ml of the stock in a blender and process until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve back into the pan.
  4. Now place the cooked chillies in the blender with a further 125 ml of the stock and process until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve back into the saucepan, as you did with the onion and garlic mixture.
  5. Return the chicken and pork meat to the pan and season to taste. Return to the heat and simmer gently over a low heat for another 10 minutes.
  6. To serve, place a ladle of broth and a good portion of the meat in each bowl and top with the garnish. Eat with fresh, hot corn tortillas. ¡Exquisito!

Note

  • Hominy is corn that has been through a special soaking process. You can find it in tins at specialist delicatessens.
Tags:
Mexican
Latin
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