Nana's Pozole Mexican Soup with Pork & Hominy

A traditional soup/stew from Mexico that is often shared during the holiday season. This pozole rojo is a family recipe that will become one of your favorite meals to gather around!


  • 5-6 pounds of pork shoulder, cut in large chunks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can red chile sauce (Las Palmas) NOT Enchilada sauce
  • 2 (29 ounce) white hominy, drained


  • diced onions
  • Mexican oregano
  • sliced radishes
  • shredded cabbage
  • lemon or lime wedges


  1. Add meat to a large Dutch oven (7 quart) and fill with water leaving a couple of inches from the top.
  2. Add bay leaf, salt, and garlic. Bring to a boil and continue to cook for 3-4 hours lowering the heat to prevent the water from boiling over. Add water if the water evaporates too quickly.
  3. When meat is tender and shreds easily add red chili sauce, chili powder and cumin. Break up meat into the bite size pieces (your preference).
  4. Add hominy and cook for an additional ½ hour to 40 minutes.
  5. Taste and add additional salt if needed.