Recipe courtesy of Rick Martinez

Pozole Verde con Pollo

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
In Mexico, dishes can be interpreted in so many different ways depending on your sazón (personal taste), what part of the country you live in and what fruits and vegetables grow there. Pozole verde is a dish that I have always loved, and anywhere I travel in Mexico, I need to try it.



  1. Heat the bacon fat in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the poblanos, jalapeños, scallion whites, pepitas, garlic, cumin, coriander, allspice and salt. (Use 3 tablespoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt or 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Morton kosher salt.) Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just tender, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatillos and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften and begin to brown, 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat. Working in batches, transfer some of the vegetable mixture to a blender, add some of the chicken broth and puree. Transfer the pureed mixture to a large bowl and continue until all the vegetables and broth have been blended. Return the pureed mixture to the pot and add the hominy. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low, cover and simmer until the flavors come together, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the cilantro, scallion greens and 2 cups water in the blender (you don’t need to rinse it out!). Puree until completely smooth.
  4. Add the chicken and cilantro puree to the stew, remove from the heat and stir. Let sit until the chicken is heated through. Serve the pozole with the onion, radishes, avocado, chicharrones, oregano and lime wedges.