Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pozole - Hominy Soup

We have a few friends and "family" - people who we'd like to be our family, but we aren't actually related to them - in Delaware who we visit occasionally.  On one of our visits, we were heading home to New Jersey with the kids in the back seat - and we were all hungry.  Thus we stopped at Kukuroo Restaurant in Newport, DE.  You couldn't miss the bright yellow, orange, and red colored building.  It served the best Mexican food I've ever eaten.  Honestly, if you live in northern Delaware, you need to go tomorrow.

Anyway, Amy opted for the Chicken Pozole, or Hominy, Soup.  The stuff smelled so good, looked delicious and tasted so heavenly I was looking to kiss the chef!  Luckily, we had moved to the car by then.  Here is my approximation of the recipe.

2 medium onions
Olive oil
3-4 Ancho Chiles, chopped finely
1 Morita Chile, reconstituted and chopped very fine
2 Tbsp oregano
3 lbs. chicken breast
4-5 cups of chicken broth, preferably homemade
2-3 jalapeños, diced 
5 garlic cloves, minced finely
4 tsp. ground cumin
3 cans of hominy
The juice of 3 limes plus 1 lime, cubed
1 avocado, cut into 1/2" cubes, optional
Scallions, sliced
Fresh cilantro, diced

1) Heat olive oil in large soup pot over medium-high heat and add sliced onions.  Sauté until onions begin to soften.
2) Add chiles, oregano and chicken breast.  Coat chicken breast well and add cups broth right away. If you cook the chiles without the broth, you might find yourself having several coughing fits.
3) Braise chicken until tender enough to shred easily, about an hour. Remove chicken from the pot, let cool slightly, then shred into strips.
4) Add chicken back to pot along with hominy and lime juice. Simmer for 10 minutes
5) Ladle soup over avocado pieces in serving bowl.  Top with green onions and cilantro.  If you have toasted tortilla strips, add them into the soup, too.  If you only have crusty bread, it will still compliment this heavenly soup.


  1. I'll have to check out that restaurant next time I go home. Never heard of it!

  2. Its on Route 4 heading to 141, between John and Mary streets. Its worth the visit...