Simplified Pozole

Course: Main Dish

Cooking With Co-Op Basics: Budget Rojo (Red) Pozole

Serves 4

Gluten Free, Vegan Adaptable

 Pozoles can be white, red, or green. This website has a good amount of information about each as well as other tips and history of the dish.

Pozoles can be white, red, or green. This website has a good amount of information about each as well as other tips and history of the dish.

Starting in November 2017 the East Side Table project began partnering with Mississippi Market for their Cooking with Co-Op Basics classes. Each recipe is an adaptation of a recipe used in the East Side Table meal delivery kits by Local Crate.

The challenge is to stay true to the heart and culture of the recipe while remaining in the $10-ish range to feed a family of four. This recipe was used for the November 2017 class and is adapted from this Local Crate recipe.

Ingredients:

  • ½ can Field Day Double Fire Roasted Salsa
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • ½ Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika (to reduce cost of a can of Adobo peppers)
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp oregano (essential for pozole flavor)
  • 1 30 oz. can Hominy
  • 1 lb cabbage (about 1/4-1/2 of a head)
  • 1 small lime
  • ¼ lb bulk radishes
  • 1 lb ground Ferndale Farms ground Turkey
  • 2 Tbsp oil

*Denotes Co-op Basics or bulk item

Preparation:

  1. Heat the water and salsa in a medium saucepan and keep warm on low.

  2. Heat the oil the bottom of a large stock pot over medium if you have one. Brown the turkey until no pink is visible, sprinkle with garlic powder and smoked paprika.

  3. Pour the water/salsa mix into the turkey mix and stir to release any crispy portions from the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to simmer uncovered.

  4. Drain the hominy and wash the cabbage. Add hominy to the soup base and continue simmering while you prepare your garnishes

  5. Thinly slice your cabbage and radishes (tip: try using a vegetable peeler for the radishes to make them very thin!)

  6. Quarter your lime into wedges

  7. Serve the soup hot with cabbage, limes, and radishes to garnish according to taste.

Notes & Variations:

If your budget allows other traditional garnishes include: green onion, avocado, tortilla chips, dried pepper flakes, and cilantro! Medium texture tofu can be substituted for turkey as can ground chicken or pork.  You may want to increase your oil content if using tofu by 2 Tbsp and add additional spices while sauteeing your tofu.