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Beef Pozole Rojo

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This beef pozole rojo is winning at life. It’s how I’m winning at life! In fact, it’s the very definition of winning and the reason #winning hashtags exist.

Extreme? Yes!

True? 100%

I made a huge pot of this Mexican stew last week unknowingly how it would go over with the toughest critics in town, my family. Love them, but they’re tough. Keeps me on my toes (that’s what I tell myself).

This is how just about every dinner goes over here since I’m ultimately trying to find a winning dish to share with you, as well as one my whole family (me included) will love. The more veggies and wholesome foods the better.


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This dish is winning, did I say that already?

Now that we’re officially in the new year we’re in detox mode with everyone else in the world. It’s not pretty given that we’ve been running on food fumes and living in sugar-induced comas for the past 2 months. In other words, a not so healthy state and an opportunity to get some vegetables into my kids is indeed a win. This is where my uncertainty came in with this beef pozole rojo. It’s filled with vegetables, which usually incites upturned noses and food snuck to the dog eagerly waiting under the table (bless you Dixie for always loving my mess of a dinner no matter what!).


Beef stew in gray bowl

After setting the table with what I thought was a delicious beef pozole rojo, I tried to act normal, like most nights. To my surprise, everyone, except the dog, ate every last drop of this stew and asked for more. Wha??? I get it, I did that myself, but for both kids and my husband to do the same…! That’s why this Meal is the very definition of winning.

Peppers, onions, and zucchini are your vegetables and then you’ve got this amazing ingredient called hominy, which is a version of corn all swimming in a broth-like base. The broth is made by blending water, the peppers, and cocoa powder! Yep, chocolate and it’s everything!

Beef stew in gray bowl

It’s cold out, even here in Charleston, and this dish is what cold evenings, where you may or may not be secluded to the indoors is what’s dinner dreams are made of.

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Beef Pozole Rojo

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  • Prep Time: 25 Mins
  • Cook Time: 20 Mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings


This recipe for Beef Pozole Rojo is a perfect stew for colder days. Packed with veggies with just a tad spiciness this is one the entire family will love.


  • 4 large Pablano Peppers
  • 2 cups Warm Water
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 2 cans Hominy
  • 1 Zucchini, chopped or spiralized
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 cups Beef Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup
  • Juice from 1 Lime


  1. Soak Pablano Peppers in Warm Water for 20 minutes. Remove from water and set water aside. Slice off the tops of the peppers* and remove the seeds before chopping up and placing in a blender. Add the Garlic, Cocoa Powder and 1 cup of the pepper water. Blend until smooth.
  2. Heat the Olive Oil in a large pot or Dutch Oven over medium heat. Add Onion and saute for 2 minutes. Place the Ground Beef in the pot and brown, making sure to break apart using a spatula.
  3. Add the Hominy, Zucchini, Oregano, Cumin, and Salt. Stir together, then add the chili-garlic paste from the blender. Toss ingredients to coat and then pour in the Beef Broth. Cover and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Mix in the Maple Syrup and Lime juice as well as any additional spices (such as more oregano) you like.


Make sure you’re wearing some kind of glove when removing the seeds and cutting the peppers (I use clean dish gloves). Even though these peppers aren’t that spicy it will feel like your hands are on fire for days if you don’t. Lesson learned…

Feel free to add some additional toppings. I added sour cream, avocado, and some shredded cheese to our dish, which may or may not have helped with the kids gobbling it up.


Aimee Mars

About Aimee Mars

Even though I'm obessed with food I found myself wondering what to cook for dinner. I decided to find a solution and stop (okay limit) my take out trips with a site dedicated to dinner recipes.

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  1. Rachel says:

    Aimee, this looks amazing! The instructions are only loading the first step though. Can you check on that? I might have to make it this weekend!

    1. Hey Rachel, good catch! Technology can be so weird sometimes. I’m fixing it now. Let me know if you do make it this weekend and please send pics!!

  2. Debs says:

    That looks like the perfect thing to warm up after a cold day! Lovely recipe Aimee!

    1. Thanks Debs! We’ve been snowed in here in Charleston, which is a very rare thing here so we definitely need dishes to warm up with!

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