Tonight I made one of my all time favorite soups-stews, posole! Posole refers both to the garbanzo bean-size corn kernels called hominy and the Mexican stew traditionally made with pork and hominy. This version is made with a store bought rotisserie chicken and the best tomatillo salsa. The garnishes add the color, flavor, and textures of a fresh salad to the warm bowls of satisfying stew. What a treat it is!
Chicken Tomatillo Posole
3 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 large onion, sliced in half lengthwise then thinly sliced crosswise (about 1 cup)
1 (4 oz.) can mild diced green chiles, drained
1 Tbs. fresh minced garlic
1 Tbs. chopped shallot
2 1/2 cups large shreds rotisserie chicken, pulled apart by hand
2 (15 oz.) cans or 1 (30 oz.) can hominy, drained (I used white hominy)
2 (14.5 oz.) cans chicken broth
1 (16 oz.) jar tomatillo salsa (I highly recommend Frontera's roasted tomatillo)
Shredded iceberg lettuce, chopped fresh cilantro, chopped avacado, chopped tomatoes, sliced radishes, shredded chihuahua cheese, sliced green onions, and fresh lime wedges
1. Make the spice blend: Stir the ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
2. Make the stew: Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until it begins to soften, about 4 minutes. Add the chiles, garlic, and shallot, and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring constantly. Add the chicken, sprinkle in the spice blend, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the hominy and broth, raise the heat to high, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the salsa and simmer, covered, 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Laddle into serving bowls. Top with all the various toppings of your choice (I like them all!), and squeeze a little lime juice over all.
My favorite tomatillo salsa... We just happen to be going to Frontera Grill this week, and I am super-duper excited!