Recipe: Vegetarian Breakfast Posole

updated May 1, 2019
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If you’ve ever made soup from scratch — any soup — you’re aware of how it always tastes better the next day. And waiting for lunch or dinner to roll around to partake is, well, just too hard. Which is why I often have homemade soup for breakfast. Outside of gazpacho, there are very few soups on top of which you can’t just toss a fried egg and enjoy.

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Posole is one of my favorites when it comes to eating soup for breakfast. And, in my opinion, this Mexican classic is all about the chiles. Which ones you choose is a personal choice, so I encourage you to experiment!

Plus, one can never eat too much posole. And if you’re looking for an easy make-ahead breakfast, this is it. It’s filling, healthy, and just requires a fried egg (or not).

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Vegetarian Breakfast Posole

Serves10 to 12

Nutritional Info


For the posole:

  • 3 cups

    prepared white hominy, drained if canned

  • 12 cups

    vegetable stock

  • 3 cups

    Hatch green chiles, chopped

  • 4 tablespoons

    chili powder

  • 4

    dried New Mexico chiles, stems removed

  • 3

    chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce, chopped

  • 1

    medium red onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves

    garlic, minced

  • 2

    medium ripe tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon

    miso paste

  • 1 teaspoon

    Mexican oregano

  • Salt

To serve:

  • Butter

  • 1

    large egg per serving

  • 1/4

    medium avocado per serving

  • 1

    tablespoon chopped cilantro per serving


Make the vegetarian posole:

  1. Combine the hominy, vegetable stock, chiles, chili powder, red onion, garlic, miso, oregano, and tomatoes in a large stockpot and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat and let the soup simmer for about an hour. Salt to taste. Once it's cool, store it in the fridge for the most amazing breakfast ever!

  2. Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for a week, or frozen for up to 3 months.

Make the breakfast soup:

  1. Warm 1 cup per person of the posole in a small saucepan. Meanwhile, warm enough butter in a medium frying pan and fry as many eggs as you need. Pour the soup into bowls, and top each one with a fried egg, slices of avocado, and chopped cilantro. Breakfast is served!