Traditional Pozole with White Hominy (Posole)

Serves: 6-8
Total Time: 3 hours

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 lbs pork shoulder
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons california chili powder
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 (29oz) can Teasdale White Hominy, drained and rinsed
3 -5 cups pork broth, from cooking pork shoulder
1 cup canned diced green chilis (optional)
salt
2 whole fresh jalapenos, chopped (optional)
Optional garnishes: lime, chopped cilantro, and ­our or corn tortillas

PREPARATION

Prepare the onion, peel the garlic, chop the onion, peel and chop the 2 garlic cloves, chop the green chilies and jalapenos if you are using them and get the hominy drained and rinsed.

Place the meat in a large saucepan and just cover with lightly salted water. Add 1/2 chopped onion, the 2 cloves peeled garlic, pepper, cumin, and oregano. Bring to a boil over medium heat, skim off any foam that rises, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

Remove meat and broth, reserving both.

Sauté the remaining chopped onion and garlic in oil until translucent. Add the remaining spices, stir for a minute. Cut the reserved pork into 1 inch cubes and add to the pan. Stir in the canned hominy, pork broth (if there is not enough pork broth, add chicken stock, I like to add it anyway for flavor, about 2-4 cups, eyeball the amount you like), green chilies and jalapenos (optional). Cook at a simmer, covered, for 45 to 60 minutes until the meat and hominy are tender. If necessary, cook for up to an additional 60 minutes until the chilies and onions are well blended into the broth.

Degrease the stew, taste for salt, and serve in soup bowls. Garnishes that are always served with are: lots of lime wedges, chopped cilantro, and fresh/ packaged corn or flour tortillas.

Nutritional Information (amount per serving): Calories 489, Fat 30g, Protein 29g, Carbohydrates 23g, Fiber 4g.