Yeah, yeah, we know it’s not authentic, Eat_Nopal, but that doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. This soup makes for a quick, easy, satisfying weeknight dinner, even if it is “white-girl style.”
What to buy: Prepared mole paste, such as Doña Maria Mole Verde, can be found in most supermarkets or at Mexican grocers. Canned salsa verde works great in this recipe; we like Embasa brand, which is tasty and available in most grocery stores, or you can make your own.
Game plan: Posole is traditionally served with an array of garnishes. Below we give a number of options to choose from; prepare them all or just a few—any combination works great.
This recipe is a great way to use Thanksgiving leftovers.
- Yield: 6 to 8 servings
- Difficulty: Easy
- Total: 30 mins
- Active: 30 mins
For the posole:
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 medium white onion, peeled and medium dice
- 3 medium cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 3 tablespoons green mole paste, such as Doña Maria
- 1/2 cup salsa verde
- 1 (28-ounce) can white hominy, drained
- 4 cups (1 quart) low-sodium chicken broth
- 8 ounces shredded cooked turkey (about 1 1/2 cups)
For the garnishes:
- Thinly sliced green cabbage
- Thinly sliced radishes
- Thinly sliced avocado
- Cilantro leaves
- Lime wedges
- Fried tortilla strips
- Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion and garlic, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook until tender but not browned, about 6 minutes.
- Stir in mole paste and cook until it melts in with the vegetables, about 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients, reduce heat to medium, and bring to a simmer. Cook until flavors are melded, about 20 minutes. Season with salt, and adjust flavor as needed. Serve soup with garnishes passed on the side.
Beverage pairing: Modelo Especial, Mexico. Mexican beer can go with almost anything, but in this case it’s a nice match. Not just because the lime and cilantro in the soup naturally complement the light, fresh style of the beer, but because the carbonation in the cerveza makes for a textural contrast with the soup.