Posole is a traditional New Mexican dish made with pork, hominy and chile. Most often it's made with red chile, but Dave and I are both green chile fans so that's how I make it. I make no claims as to the resemblance between my posole and anything traditional; but it sure is good after a cold, windy day like we had today.
Dave is leery of anything called "posole" -- I think the hominy reminds him visually of garbanzo beans, which he dislikes -- but he admits that they taste fine in this stew. I call it "green chile stew" rather than "posole" when talking to him, and then he gets enthusiastic.
Ingredients (all quantities very approximate):
- pork, about a pound; tenderloin works well but cheaper cuts are okay too
- about 10 medium-sized roasted green chiles, whatever heat you prefer (or 1 large or 2 medium cans diced green chile)
- 1 can hominy
- 1 large or two medium russet potatoes (or equivalent amount of other type)
- 1 can chicken broth
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp red chile powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- fresh garlic to taste
- black pepper and hot sauce (I use Tapatio) to taste
Start the crockpot heating: I start it on high then turn it down later. Add broth.
Dice potato. At least half the potato should be in small pieces, say 1/4" cubes, or even shredded; the other half can be larger chunks. I leave the skin on.
Pre-cook diced potato in the microwave for 7 minutes or until nearly soft enough to eat, in a loosely covered bowl with maybe 1" of water in the bottom. (This will get messy and the water gets all over and you have to clean the microwave afterward. I haven't found a solution to that yet.) Dump cooked potato into crockpot.
Dice pork into stew-sized pieces, trimming fat as desired. Add to crockpot.
De-skin and de-seed the green chiles and cut into short strips. (Or use canned or frozen.) Add to crockpot.
Add spices: salt, chile powder, cumin, and hot sauce (if your chiles aren't hot enough -- we have a bulk order of mild chiles this year so I sprinkled liberally with Tapatio).
Cover, reduce heat to low.
Cook 6-7 hours, occasionally stirring, tasting and correcting the seasoning. (I always add more of everything after I taste it, but that's me.)
Serve with bread, tortillas, sopaipillas or similar. French bread baked from the refrigerated dough in the supermarket works well if you aren't brave enough to make sopaipillas (I'm not, yet).
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