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Spicy Chicken and Hominy Soup

This slow-cooked soup is also called "posole," a traditional good luck New Year's meal in my native New Mexico. Everyone makes it differently—my soup answers the age-old chili question, "Red or green?" by using both!—Janet Christine McDaniel, Arlington, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth, divided
  • 1 can (15 ounces) hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil. With a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker. In the same skillet, saute onion and garlic in drippings until tender; add to chicken.
  • Place chipotle peppers and 1/4 cup broth in a blender or food processor; cover and process until blended. Add to chicken mixture. Stir in the hominy, chilies, seasonings and remaining broth. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 277 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 1558mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 26g protein.

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  • Manuela
    Oct 6, 2020

    This soup was delicious. We love everything about it. It's spicy and all the ingredients go well together. I have already made this twice. I highly recommend it.

  • pattednajoann
    Feb 12, 2019

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  • Paul
    Oct 29, 2017

    Very tasty. A little on the spicy side for some, but but a dab of sour cream in to "cool it down" a bit.Years ago I was a missionary in Mexico and have very fond memories of the beloved posole (and the wonderful family who shared it with us so many times). I was excited to stumble across the recipe after 15 years of waiting. We served it with hot, fresh bread on the side and everyone loved it!By the way, if you're in need of a quick bread recipe (little prep time, not length of waiting) try Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. I made the Oat Bread and served it up with the posole. Excellent combination for a warm, comforting meal.*** This is not a recipe for children. Too spicy. ***

  • mabryy
    Dec 29, 2015

    The author of this recipe clearly states that everyone makes the recipe differently but this is how SHE makes it.Thanks for sharing the recipe Janet. My family liked it.

  • Fanny28
    Dec 29, 2015

    I was born in New Mexico and we do not use chicken we use pork and we also use blended red chili , never Green chili for a can. We freeze roasted chili for the winter. Blended Dried Red chili. Garlic and oregano are the only seasoning we use. And use red chili only.