Posole with Garnishes


The perfect informal supper, posole, a traditional Mexican main-course soup, is a beautiful and wonderfully satisfying one-pot meal. Canned hominy is available in supermarkets, natural foods stores, and specialty markets.


  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium-size yellow onion, diced (about 1 ½ cups)

  • 2 medium-size garlic cloves

  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • One 16-ounce can hominy, drained

  • 1 small jalapeno pepper

  • 1 pound tomatillos, diced (about 3 cups)

  • 2 bunches Swiss chard, coarsely chopped (about 26 ounces)

  • 4 cups Chicken Stock to Make 1 ½ Quarts, or low-sodium canned

  • 2 bay leaves


  • 8 radishes, very thinly sliced

  • 2 jalapeno peppers, very thinly sliced

  • 1 small avocado, peeled, halved, pitted, and quartered

  • 8 scallions, very thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

  • 2 limes, quartered

  • Chile de arbol powder

  • 8 sprigs fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onion and garlic, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add the cumin and salt and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the hominy, jalapeno, and tomatillos and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the Swiss chard, stock, and bay leaves and bring to a boil.

  3. Cover and cook, stirring, until the chard is wilted and the leaves are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaves.

  4. Ladle the soup into 4 bowls and garnish each serving with radishes, jalapenos, avocado, scallions, sour cream, and 2 lime wedges. Sprinkle with chile de arbol powder and top with the chopped cilantro sprigs.

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