Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chicken Posole

Posole is a type of Mexican soup or stew that usually includes meat and hominy. I LOVE hominy- love love love it! It gives a beautiful texture and flavor to this savory soup. This recipe is quick, quick, quick to make! You can vary the spiciness of it with the verde salsa you use. If you like no heat, use mild salsa.....bring on the heat? Try a hot verde salsa! It's a simple as that! I served this soup with a side of fresh guacamole and chips. Enjoy!

1 Tbl olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup celery, minced
1/2 cup onion, minced
1 1/2 cups verde salsa
3 to 4 cups of low-sodium chicken broth (start with 3 and if you want it thinner, add another cup)
1/2 tsp salt
1 15 oz can white or yellow hominy, rinsed and drained
1 to 2 cups of chopped rotisserie chicken (I used 1 cup, but add more if you family likes it meaty)
Juice of one fresh lime
Ripe avocado, peeled and diced

Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add oregano, cumin, chili powder, garlic, celery and onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add verde salsa, chicken broth and salt, scraping bits off the bottom of the pan. Add hominy; cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook 10 minutes. Stir in chicken and cook till chicken has warmed through. Remove from heat and add lime juice. Ladle into bowls and serve with diced avocado on top.

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