The soup is very simple to make and all the steps are easy, but some are more time consuming than others… Don’t let those steps scare you, because taking shortcuts will sacrifice some of the taste. The extra time taken to soak and cook the hominy and make a fresh, homemade salsa verde is well worth the effort. —Lauren Cord
For the Salsa Verde
tomatillos, shelled and halved
anahimen peppers, halved length wise and seeded
jalapeño, seeded (optional) and halved length wise
yellow onion, peeled and quartered
cloves of garlic, skin intact
juice from 2 limes
Chicken stock (vegetable stock to make it vegan)
salt and pepper, to taste
For the Soup
shredded chicken or pork loin
dry hominy (your choice of color), soaked over night and cooked or 1 25oz can
yellow onion, diced
cilantro, minced or torn
1 - 1 1/2 cups
salt and pepper to taste
limes, cut into wedges (for garnish)
avocado, cut into preferred size (for garnish)
head of cabbage, sliced using a mandolin (for garnish)
Using a large rimmed baking dish, arrange the tomatillos, peppers, onion and garlic cloves. Evenly coat with about 1/4 cup olive oil and season with salt and pepper, roast until the skin on the peppers begins to blister and turn a dark brown - about 20 minutes.
When cool enough to handle, peel off and discard the waxy skin from the body of the anaheim pepper.
Transfer all contents of the pan (including juices!) to a bender. Add in the all remaining ingredients and blend on high till smooth and evenly combined
Pour the freshly blended salsa into a sauce pan. Reduce the mixture over a low flame for about 30 minutes, stirring when necessary.
Remove from heat and transfer into preferred containers - can be sealed and stored in refrigerator for several months.
For the Soup
Using a large heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil over a medium high flame. When the oil is hot, easily sliding along the bottom of the pan, add in the onions and lightly season with salt, pepper and oregano. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, before adding the chicken and hominy.
Stir in the salsa verde and fresh cilantro.
Pour in the chicken stock and bring the soup to a steady simmer. Cook for at least 20 minutes or until the soup has slightly reduced, concentrating the flavors.
Season with more salt and pepper if needed
Can be made serval days in advance.
Serve hot, garnished with fresh cilantro, thinly sliced cabbage, avocado and a wedge of lime - Enjoy!