Posole Rojo, is a soup made with pork and hominy, then topped with fresh cabbage, radishes, cilantro, and lime. Depending on the region of Mexico, there are variations of Posole, but this recipe is how it’s traditionally made in Guadalajara, according to my Mother in law. Posole is typically cooked for a couple of hours on the stove until the pork is tender, but I decided to try my Instant Pot. It turned out great, and of course in half of the time. If you haven’t bought an Instant Pot yet, I highly recommend it! I’ve listed instructions for both the Instant Pot and Stove top.
My husband’s family usually makes Posole for family gatherings, especially around Christmas time since it makes a large batch. Using the Instant pot makes it fast enough for a weeknight meal or if you’re snowed in on the East coast, this soup will make you feel nice and warm! Pair it with some warmed tortillas or crispy tostadas and you can have an authentic Mexican meal at home. Most of the ingredients can be found at a traditional grocery store. I was able to find hominy and the dried chiles at my local grocers, however if you have Mexican grocery store near by, it will more than likely be cheaper. I used pork shoulder, which is traditionally used, but I actually prefer a leaner cut like tenderloin. If you are using pork shoulder, then trim most of the outside fat before cooking.
There’s no tomato in the soup, but instead the reddish color comes from dried chili peppers. You could use either dried California Chiles or Guajillo dried Chiles. These chilies have a mild heat to them, which is what you want. If you prefer to have your Posole spicy, then you can add hot sauce when eating it. The ingredient list for the soup itself is short, but don’t skimp on the toppings. The toppings make it a filling meal while adding texture and flavor to the soup. We like to eat Posole with crispy tostadas, either store bought or homemade by grilling corn tortillas till they are nice and crispy. I’ve also had Posole paired with warmed tortillas and even bread, either way, it’s a nice filling soup.