Although I haven’t had a hangover in decades (seriously), one of my all-time favorite dishes is Posole (or Pozole, depending on who you ask). Posole is a Mexican stew, commonly reputed to help with a hangover that normally features loads of pork and hominy, a corn-like grain that is chewy and delicious. Posole is rich, spicy and comforting – and can be eaten with an array of different garnishes, which means I can eat it several times in a week and never get sick of it!
I’ve been craving it a lot lately, but since I don’t eat a lot of meat, I needed to figure out a way to make the Posole I love without the meat – and so that it was still as filling and comforting as the original. With the addition of garbanzo beans and the elimination of pork, I think this Posole is a winner!
Meat-Free Posole (GF)
1 can white hominy
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can diced roasted green chiles (or fresh ancho chile, roasted and chopped)
3 c chicken stock
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalepeno, diced
1 T chili powder
1 T cumin
1/2 t oregano
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1. Brown the onion and garlic. In a large pan, combine all of the ingredients except for the garbanzo beans. Bring to a boil, and then simmer at low heat for at least an hour, or until the hominy is tender.
2. Add the garbanzo beans, bring back up to a boil, and serve with the optional garnishes (below)
Optional Garnishes (Mix and match):
Chopped white onions (milder the better)
Frank’s Red Hot
My favorite posole topping combination is onions, fresh cilantro and lots of chili powder – but I’ll often serve it over cabbage (traditionally not the red cabbage pictured here).
So comforting and delicious – I’m about to make a bowl for breakfast!
Have you ever eaten posole? How do you like it?