Hearty and comforting, this spicy Pozole Verde is made with slow cooked shredded chicken, hominy, and a spicy tomatillo and pepper blend.
Course: Dinner, Soup
Keyword: pozole verde
2poundschicken thighs or breasts
1poundtomatilloshusked and halved
1small white onionquartered
2jalapeñoschopped, plus more for serving
4large garlic clovessmashed
1/2cupchopped cilantro stems and leaves; plus more for serving
Kosher saltto taste
Black pepperto taste
Red radishessliced; for serving
Avocadosliced; for serving
Lime wedgesfor serving
In a large Dutch oven set over medium-high heat, bring the chicken stock to a boil. Add the chicken pieces, tomatillos, onion, poblanos and jalapenos, oregano, and salt. Return to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 40 minutes until tender.
Carefully remove chicken from pot and shred the meat, discarding the bones and skin. Skim fat from the cooking liquid and reserve.
Place a large fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and strain the broth through it. Set aside.
Transfer the solids to a blender. Add garlic cloves, cilantro, and 1 cup of the broth and puree until it reaches your desired smoothness. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Return Dutch oven to stovetop, setting it over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the skimmed fat to the pot and allow to cook and sizzle for 30 seconds.
Pour the tomatillo puree to the pot and stir, being careful not to get splattered with the hot sauce. Reduce heat to medium. Add the stock and stir to combine, then stir in the shredded chicken and drained hominy. Cook for 10 minutes until warmed through, seasoning with salt and pepper as desired.
Serve the pozole garnished with cilantro, sliced radishes and jalapeno, avocado, and lime wedges.
For a milder version of this soup, remove the seeds from the jalapeno and poblano peppers.