Being born in New Mexico, raised in Oregon by a New Mexican native Mama, one of my favorite meals to make from scratch is Posole. WHAT IS THAT?? It is a native New Mexican stew, made with pork or chicken, or if your really lucky, mutton. HA! It has hominy, which is large white corn. Red chili, some green chilies, oregano, cumin, and tomatoes.. and cures the common cold. Seriously. People think chicken soup does that.. Nope. Posole. Doctors have been searching for years for some magic cure to the common cold.. I could make millions if I had the money to do all the research required to market the stuff. :o) How in the world do you make this miracle cure? It must take hours of prepping, and sauteing and all that right? Nope..
What you need is…
2 TBS olive oil
2 cloves on minced garlic
1 1/4 lbs, cubed chicken or pork
2 cans hominy, drained, only because it’s hard to make that from scratch!
1 med. onion diced
1 tsp oregano, Mexican if possible
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp red chili flakes
4 cups of water, with 2 chicken bouillon cubes, OR
4 cups of chicken broth
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 TBS lime juice
1/4 tsp salt and pepper
1 jalepenos, seeds removed and diced.. WASH your hands really well or use rubber gloves!!
Put the oil in a stockpot.. heat on medium heat. Add chicken, garlic, onion.. saute until chicken is browned, and onion is soft. Add oregano, cumin, red pepper flakes, and chicken broth or water and bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for 1/2 hour to 3 hours. Add rest of ingredients and serve with hot tortillas or tortilla chips and lime wedges.
I also when pressed for time, throw it all in the crockpot in the morning, and it’s almost as good that night. But sauteing the chicken and stuff first really makes the flavor.. so if possible do that.. if not it’s still really good. Don’t forget the lime.. really gives it it’s authentic flavor!
That is it.. easy peasy.. and really yummy.