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Vegetarian Pozole Verde (Hominy Soup)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This recipe is my vegetarian adaptation of Pozole Verde: Hominy and Meat Soup with Green Herbs from 'A Cook's Tour of Mexico' by Nancy Zaslavsky. It's a great way to use up all the tomatillos and greens that we tend to get in our CSA boxes in the Pacific Northwest. This soup is great topped with a quick red onion pickle and crumbled cotija cheese."
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10 h 6 m servings 563
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Place pinto beans in a large stock pot with water to cover; let soak, 8 hours to overnight. Drain.
  2. Cover the beans with about 3 inches water and cook over medium-low heat until tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Drain.
  3. Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add pumpkin seeds; cook and stir until light brown and popping, about 6 minutes. Let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  4. Pour pumpkin seeds and oil into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add 1/2 the tomatillos, serrano peppers, arugula, spinach, lettuce, parsley, and cilantro into the blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat with remaining tomatillos, serrano peppers, arugula, spinach, lettuce, parsley, and cilantro.
  5. Heat remaining 1/4 cup oil in a deep pot. Add the tomatillo sauce carefully. Simmer, stirring with a wooden spoon, until thickened, about 30 minutes.
  6. Pour pinto beans, vegetable stock, and hominy into the pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Let simmer, uncovered, until flavors are thoroughly blended, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use dried cranberry beans in place of the pinto beans if desired.
  • Substitute serrano chiles with any mild chile you prefer.
  • You may need to blend the sauce in more than 2 batches depending on the size of your blender or food processor.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 563 calories; 30.3 58.7 18.4 0 753 Full nutrition

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Really tasty soup. I enjoyed it a lot. Only changes were using canned pintos and I used a milder chili pepper because I am a wimp