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Easy Pork Pozole Verde Recipe

by Capri Lilly

Pork Pozole Verde is a hearty, flavorsome soup made with tender pork, hominy, and a vibrant Verde sauce! It’s a delicious bowl of comfort food that will warm you from the inside out! (You can use this recipe to make delicious chicken pozole verde as well. Simply use chicken instead of pork!)

If you love filling homemade soups, you will definitely want to try my Dairy-Free Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat), Creamy Vegan Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup, or Immunity Boosting Carrot Lentil Soup next! 

Pork Pozole Verde

Homemade Pozole Verde is incredibly easy to make! The secret is all in the quality ingredients you use and a bit of patience! It’s the perfect soup to start early in the day and let it heat up and fill your home with its mouthwatering aromas. 

Pork Pozole Verde Recipe by Good Food Baddie

This is one of my favorite soups to make during the fall and winter. It’s so hearty and delicious!! I’ve made it a Christmas tradition to make this soup at my annual holiday gathering. It is everyone’s favorite and is almost always devoured in minutes!  

My favorite part of pozole is adding all of the wonderful toppings that elevate the soup and make it completely irresistible! Pozole wouldn’t be complete without the array of toppings added that compliment the rich, savory soup!

Bowl of Pork Pozole Verde with Toppings of avocado, jalapeno, lime, cabbage, and habanero

What is Pozole Verde?

Pozole Verde is a flavorful, Mexican stew filled with hominy, your choice of chicken or pork, and a Verde (green) chili broth. The broth is made first by boiling the meat in water, then shredding the meat. Then, the Verde sauce and hominy are added! Once the pozole is ready to serve, you pour a large portion into a bowl, add load it up with toppings! 

How Is Pozole Traditionally Served? (What toppings to add to pozole)

The toppings make the rich, savory pozole even more enjoyable! Traditionally pozole is served with cabbage, lime wedges, avocado, jalapenos, chiles, salsa, onions, radishes, tortilla chips, and cilantro! You cannot skip out on adding the toppings to your soup! 

Pork Or Chicken Pozole

Traditionally pozole is made with pork, but many people make it with chicken as well. You can easily use chicken instead of pork in this recipe. Follow the same instructions and your chicken pozole verde will turn out perfect!

Pork Pozole Verde

Pozole is super easy to make and generally requires only 30 minutes of actually hands on cooking time! 

Most of the work in making pozole is having the patience to let it simmer slowly as the soup develops a deep, full flavor. You’ll start by pan-searing your protein, then boiling it in broth for 30 minutes to an hour. Then, you will blend a bit of the broth and fresh ingredients to make the Verde sauce. After simmering the Verde sauce in a small pot for about 15 minutes, you then add the Verde sauce and hominy to the meat and broth (making sure to remove any bones from the meat first). Let the mixture simmer for about 30-45 minutes. That’s it!

Watch the video and check out the step-by-step instructions below!

How to Make Pozole Verde

  1. Season the pork (or chicken) generously with salt and pepper on all sides. In a large Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven over medium heat, pan sear the pork (or chicken) until they are browned on all sides, about 6 minutes. Work in batches.
  2. Add all the seared pork into the dutch oven. Then, add the water, broth, bay leaf, and chopped onion. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 1 1/2 hours or until the pork is tender and easily breaks apart with a fork.
  3. While the dish is simmering, prepare the verde sauce. Add the verde sauce ingredients to a blender and pulse until fully combined.
  4. In a separate saucepan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp of cooking oil. Then, add the verde sauce and let it simmer for 15 minutes or until it becomes a deeper green. Make sure to stir occassionally.
  5. Returning to the simmering meat, first, remove the excess fat that may have accumulated on the side of the pot. Then, remove any of the bones. Take the larger pieces of pork and shred it. (If using a large pork shoulder or chicken, shred all of it)
  6. Add the verde sauce and hominy to the dutch oven with the meat and broth. Stir to combine, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the dish simmer for about 15 minutes.
  7. Serve the Pozole Verde with your favorite toppings and ENJOY!

Tips To Making The Best Pork Pozole Verde

  • Use a variety of pork pieces and use pieces with the bone in. Pork shoulder and pork leg work best. Leave the bone in while the pork is simmering in the broth. This helps to create a more flavorful broth. If the pork shoulder is too large, cut it into smaller pieces before cooking. Remember to remove the bones before adding the verde sauce. (This tip goes for chicken as well; chicken thighs and breast work best.)
  • Season the pork generously with salt and pepper before pan searing. Make sure to season all sides of the pork. I like to season the pork and let it sit marinade for about 15 minutes before pan searing.
  • Use a variety of green peppers. Poblano peppers and jalapenos are great! If you’d like your pozole spicier, use serrano peppers or even habanero peppers.
  • Don’t skimp on the toppings. Lime, cabbage, avocado, and radishes are a must when servung traditional pozole. The toppings elevate the soup and give it a whole new flavor!
Bowl of Pork Pozole Verde with Toppings of avocado, jalapeno, lime, cabbage, and habanero

What is Hominy? Is Hominy Gluten-Free?

Hominy is dried corn kernels that have been soaked in a lime juice solution. Because it is essentially just corn, it is naturally gluten-free. 

When using canned hominy, be sure to rinse it thoroughly before using.

How To Make Pozole Verde In the Slow Cooker?

Want to make this Pork Posole Verde in the slow cooker? It is super easy!

  • Season and Pan-sear the pork.
  • Add the ingredients for the verde sauce into a high-powered blender. Pulse until incorporated.
  • Add the pork, water, broth, bay leaf, onion, and verde sauce to the slow cooker and cook on the low heat setting for 6 hours.
  • Stir in hominy and cook on low for an additional hour.
  • Season to your liking with salt, pepper, and a bit of dried oregano.
  • Serve with toppings and Enjoy!

How To Store Leftover Pozole

You can store the Pozole Verde in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Make sure to store the toppings separately.

The Best Way To Reheat Your Pozole Verde

Pozole Verde is even more flavorful the next day as the flavors have had ample time to fully infuse. The best way to reheat Pozole Verde is on the stovetop. Simply pour the pozole in a saucepan over medium heat and cook until warm.

2 bowls of Pork Pozole Verde with Toppings of avocado, jalapeno, lime, cabbage, and habanero

I Hope You Enjoy This Pork Pozole Verde Recipe!

If you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love hearing from you! 

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Easy Pork Pozole Verde Recipe

Pork Pozole Verde is a hearty, flavorsome soup made with tender pork, hominy, and a vibrant Verde sauce! It’s a delicious bowl of comfort food that will warm you from the inside out! (You can use this recipe to make delicious chicken pozole verde as well. Simply use chicken instead of pork!)
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken, easy recipe, pork, pork shoulder, pozole, soup, verde
Servings: 10
Calories: 364kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Pork Shoulder, cut into smaller pieces (or a variety of pork pieces)
  • 1/2 White Onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 6 cups Beef or Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Water
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 {25 ounce] cans Mexican-style hominy, drained and rinsed

Verde Sauce

  • 1.25 cup Broth (Take broth from the simmering meat and broth)
  • 1.5 lbs Tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 3 Poblano Chiles, cut in half lengthwise, seeds and core removed
  • 3 Jalapeño Peppers, seeds removed
  • 2 Serrano Peppers, seeds removed (optional)
  • 7 Garlic Cloves
  • 2/3 cup Fresh Cilantro, packed tightly
  • 2 tbsp Dried Oregano Leaves
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 White Onion, roughly chopped

Toppings To Serve With the Pozole

  • 1/2 head of green cabbage, very thinly sliced
  • 3 Limes, cut into wedges
  • 2 Avocados, pit removed sliced
  • 8 Radishes, thinly sliced
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Tortilla Chips

Instructions

  • Season the pork (or chicken) generously with salt and pepper on all sides. In a large Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven over medium heat, pan sear the pork (or chicken) until they are browned on all sides, about 6 minutes. Work in batches.
  • Add all the seared pork into the dutch oven. Then, add the water, broth, bay leaf, and chopped onion. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 1 1/2 hours or until the pork is tender and easily breaks apart with a fork.
  • PREPARE THE VERDE SAUCE.
    While the dish is simmering, prepare the verde sauce. Add the ingredients for the sauce into a blender and pulse until fully combined. In a separate saucepan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp of cooking oil. Then, add the verde sauce and let it simmer for 15 minutes or until it becomes a deeper green. Make sure to stir occasionally.
  • Returning to the simmering meat, first, remove the excess fat that may have accumulated on the side of the pot. Then, remove any of the bones. Take the larger pieces of pork and shred them. (If using a large pork shoulder or chicken, shred all of it)
  • Add the green sauce and hominy to the dutch oven with the meat and broth. Stir to combine, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the dish simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Serve the Pozole Verde with your favorite toppings and ENJOY!

Notes

How To Make Pozole Verde In the Slow Cooker?

Want to make this Pork Posole Verde in the slow cooker? It is super easy!
  • Season and Pan-sear the pork.
  • Add the ingredients for the verde sauce into a high-powered blender. Pulse until incorporated.
  • Add the pork, water, broth, bay leaf, onion, and verde sauce to the slow cooker and cook on the low heat setting for 6 hours.
  • Stir in hominy and cook on low for an additional hour.
  • Season to your liking with salt, pepper, and a bit of dried oregano.
  • Serve with toppings and Enjoy!

How To Store Leftover Pozole

You can store the Pozole Verde in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Make sure to store the toppings separately.

The Best Way To Reheat Your Pozole Verde

Pozole Verde is even more flavorful the next day as the flavors have had ample time to fully infuse. The best way to reheat Pozole Verde is on the stovetop. Simply pour the pozole in a saucepan over medium heat and cook until warm.
Nutrition Fatcs For Pork Pozole Verde Recipe Good Food Baddie. Calories 364. Total Fat 21.6g, Cholesterol 82mg, Sodium 740mg, Total Carbohydrate 15.7g, Protein 26.2g

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39 comments

Colleen September 24, 2021 - 10:31 pm

5 stars
I love this in restaurants and now I can make it at home. Thank you!

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Capri Lilly September 27, 2021 - 8:21 pm

You’re welcome, Colleen!

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Ramona September 24, 2021 - 11:20 pm

5 stars
Delicious recipe indeed!

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Alexandra September 25, 2021 - 12:56 am

5 stars
The flavours of this dish are so delicious!

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Capri Lilly September 27, 2021 - 8:17 pm

Hi Alexandra! I am glad you think so! Thanks for leaving a review

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Addie September 25, 2021 - 2:39 am

5 stars
So spicy and flavorful!

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Capri Lilly September 27, 2021 - 8:17 pm

Yess! If you add extra serrano peppers it definitely becomes spicier! I love it!

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Megan Ellam September 25, 2021 - 3:30 am

5 stars
This is so tasty!

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Ashley September 25, 2021 - 11:36 am

5 stars
Oh my goodness, that Verde sauce looks AMAZING!!!

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Capri Lilly September 27, 2021 - 8:18 pm

It’s the best part! 😉

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Gwynn Galvin September 25, 2021 - 1:21 pm

5 stars
Looks so delicious. I’ll be making this very soon!

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Capri Lilly September 27, 2021 - 8:18 pm

Hi Gwynn! I hope you enjoy!

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Adriana September 25, 2021 - 8:15 pm

5 stars
This pork pozole is one of my favs

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Chef Dennis September 26, 2021 - 5:33 am

5 stars
This Pork Pozole Verde is incredibly scrumptious. Yum!

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Capri Lilly September 27, 2021 - 8:19 pm

Hi! I think so too :). I am glad you enjoyed it!

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Mama Maggie's Kitchen September 27, 2021 - 12:21 am

5 stars
Yummy. Yummy. My mouth is watering.

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Makhaya September 27, 2021 - 11:22 pm

5 stars
This is definitely going on my recipe bucket list!! Seriously love all of these ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

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Stephanie October 7, 2021 - 1:37 am

5 stars
Such a great recipe! My husband really loved all the flavors.

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Capri Lilly October 7, 2021 - 2:13 am

I am so happy to hear it!! Thanks for leaving a review, Stephanie 🙂

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Marta October 7, 2021 - 2:41 am

5 stars
Pozole is a common dish here in Central Texas, but I’m often disappointed in the lack of flavor. Your recipe delivered beyond our expectations. This you for sharing.

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Capri Lilly October 7, 2021 - 3:31 am

You’re welcome Marta! Hearing that you found the recipe flavorful makes me so happy! I am glad you enjoyed it

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Heather October 10, 2021 - 1:21 am

5 stars
What a delicious and flavorful soup! We decided to give this a try now that the weather is getting cooler, and it didn’t disappoint. We’ll be adding this into our dinner rotation!

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Capri Lilly October 10, 2021 - 9:19 pm

I am so glad to hear it! Thanks for leaving a comment, Heather!

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Robin October 10, 2021 - 3:43 am

5 stars
Now that the weather has cooled the hot peppers in this soup really hit the spot!

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Capri Lilly October 10, 2021 - 9:20 pm

Hi Robin! It always hits the spot for me too!

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Jessica Lawson October 11, 2021 - 3:22 pm

5 stars
I’ve had a pork shoulder in my freezer for a bit that wasn’t inspiring me until I stumbled upon this recipe. Just went out and got another one so I can make it again next week. So flavorful and delicious!

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Capri Lilly October 11, 2021 - 11:12 pm

OO! I love to hear it! I am glad you found a way to use the pork shoulder in your freezer! And so glad you liked the recipe 🙂

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Crystal DaCruz October 11, 2021 - 8:47 pm

5 stars
I’ve always wanted to try pozole because it resembles a dish that’s famous in my culture. Your version is everything! It came out so good! Thanks for sharing, Capri!

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Capri Lilly October 11, 2021 - 11:09 pm

You’re welcome Crystal! I would love to try the dish you’re referring to! You will have to share the details with me 🙂

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Chenée October 13, 2021 - 1:57 am

5 stars
I LOVE pozole and before this recipe I hadn’t tried to make it myself. This pozole was so easy to make in the slow cooker!

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Capri Lilly October 13, 2021 - 3:20 am

Hi Chenee! The slow cooker is such a great way to make this pozole! I am glad you gave the recipe a try and enjoyed it! Thanks for leaving a review!

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kaluhi October 13, 2021 - 9:51 am

5 stars
Your recipes always deliver and this was no different! The flavor was perfect, warming and I will do this again and again! Thank you for sharing!

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Capri Lilly October 14, 2021 - 5:55 pm

Thank you!! I am so happy you enjoyed it!

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Chef Mireille October 13, 2021 - 3:33 pm

5 stars
I love pozole but hadn’t had it in a long time. I had forgotten how delicious it is. This was so good and will definitely be making it again soon.

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Capri Lilly October 14, 2021 - 6:00 pm

I am happy you gave my pozole recipe a try! It’s become a tradition in my home to make this at Christmas time! It’s my annual reminder of how good pozole is 🙂

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Jazz October 13, 2021 - 5:32 pm

5 stars
This was my first time making pozole and the only way I’ll be doing it. Very easy and SO tasty!

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Capri Lilly October 14, 2021 - 5:59 pm

Yess! I love to hear it! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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Britney Brown October 15, 2021 - 11:07 pm

5 stars
This recipe was better than the pozole I get at the restaurant! We loved this so much and can’t wait to make it again!

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Capri Lilly October 16, 2021 - 1:09 am

Hi Britney! I love to hear it! It’s always better when made at home, right! Much more love & flavor! Thanks for leaving a review!

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