Chile-spiked red pozole, or pozole rojo, is a beloved staple in many home kitchens in Mexico. In this version, we seared chicken legs then submerged them in a bath of fiery anchos and guajillos and soothing hominy. Keep the drumsticks intact, shred the thigh meat and stir it in, and arrange the fixings on the table for serving—tostadas and shredded cabbage, cilantro and limes.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2021


Credit: Christopher Testani

Recipe Summary

1 hr 35 mins
50 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pot over medium-high. Add chicken, skin-sides down, and cook, flipping once, until browned all over, 7 to 9 minutes (do not crowd pan; brown in batches if necessary). Add 2 onion wedges, broth, and 3 cups water.

  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook at a bare simmer (small bubbles sporadically emerging at surface) until chicken is just cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. Strain broth and return to pot.

  • Meanwhile, heat a heavy skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high. Add dried chiles and cook, turning a few times, until blistered in places and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add enough hot tap water to cover; let stand 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Add 1 onion wedge, jalapeño, and garlic; cook, turning a few times, until golden brown in places and beginning to soften, 7 to 9 minutes.

  • Transfer mixture to a blender (do not wipe skillet clean), along with reconstituted dried chiles and 1/2 cup soaking liquid, oregano, cilantro, cumin, lime juice, and 1 teaspoon salt. Purée until smooth. Return mixture to skillet and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced and darkened slightly, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Remove and discard skin and bones from chicken; shred meat into bite-size pieces (leave drumsticks whole, if desired). Return chicken to pot with puréed-chile mixture and hominy. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Season to taste. Chop remaining onion wedge and serve soup with onion, radishes, cabbage, tostadas, cilantro, and lime wedges.