Recipe: Vegetarian Posole

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Remember the Super Bowl taco bar we told you about last week? Well, ours was a big success, and we now have a fridge full of leftover taco toppings. Perfect for a quick batch of posole, vegetarian style.

This was a true leftover soup, adapted from a recipe at Herbivoracious. We left out the garlic only because we’d used ours all up the night before. Instead of chicken or pork, this posole (also spelled pozole) gets its heartiness from pinto beans and a generous helping of hominy (which is also known as posole itself).

The broth is bright and tangy with a little bit of heat. We could have easily used another chili or two, but they can vary, so you might want to add the chili puree a little bit at a time until you get the right heat level.

For a meatier version, try Emma’s 30-Minute Chicken Posole.

Vegetarian Posole
makes 4-6 servings

1 dried guajillo chili
1 dried ancho chili
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
1 (15-ounce) can of diced tomatoes
4 cups vegegetable broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano
2 (15-ounce) cans of hominy
1 cup cooked pinto beans
Juice of 2 limes

Garnishes (suggested)
Lime wedges
Red onion
Aged cojita cheese
Sour cream
Corn tortillas

Soak chilies in hot water for 20 minutes. Remove any stems and puree with a hand blender or food processor.

In a large pot, saute onion in olive oil over low heat for 10 minutes or until it begins to soften. Add tomatoes (with juice), broth, chili puree, salt and oregano and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Add hominy and pinto beans, return to boil and simmer for additional 5 minutes. Add lime juice. If necessary, add more salt, lime juice or chili puree.

Remove from heat and serve with garnishes.

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