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Vegetarian Red Pozole

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 8 -10 servings
Author: Samantha Ferraro


Chile Sauce

  • 6 dried hatch chiles or guajillo and ancho
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 red onion roughly chopped
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh pregano leaves removed
  • Small bunch of fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for drizzling


  • 2 cups butternut squash chopped
  • 1 large yellow zucchini chopped
  • 1 25 oz can of hominy
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans
  • 6-8 cups vegetable stock or water with vegetable bouillon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for drizzling


  • Sliced cabbage
  • Avocado
  • Lime wedges
  • Sliced radishes


  • Start by removing all the seeds and stems from the dried chiles. Add chiles and garlic cloves to a dry pan on medium heat and toast for 1-2 minutes, but make sure not to burn. The garlic should get lightly browned on the outside.
  • When chiles are toasted, add them to a bowl of cool water and allow to steep for about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large soup pot to medium heat and drizzle with olive oil and add chopped vegetables (butternut squash and zucchini). Season with salt and pepper and toss around a bit to coat with olive oil.
  • While vegetables are slowly cooking, make the chile sauce for the broth. In a food processor, add the soaked dried chiles, 1/2 red onion, toasted garlic cloves (skins removed), few sprigs of fresh oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Blend together and slowly add the soaking water (that the chiles were in) to thin out consistency, up t0 1/2 cup. Blend until smooth.
  • Next, add the hominy and black beans to the vegetables in the pot. Add 6-8 cups of vegetable stock or water with vegetable bouillon. Add the chile sauce and gently stir everything around.
  • Cover pot slightly and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low-medium and cook until butternut squash is tender, about 30 minutes. Taste for seasoning.
  • Ladle soup in bowls and top with sliced cabbage and avocado and lime wedges.