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Posole is possibly your next dinner dish possibility… Fun with words friends and fun with dinner is happening here (or maybe a combo of too much wine and not enough caffeine – I don’t know, it happens). More importantly, allow me to introduce you to this easy slow cooker budget friendly recipe because I know I could use more of all that in my life and I’m thinking you probably could too.
What is it exactly? Pozole or posole (which may or may not be the correct spelling, clearly I’m an amateur) means “hominy” and is a traditional soup or stew from Mexico served mainly for celebratory circumstances. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty much always celebrating food. It’s kind of WHAT I DO (hence the food blog), but dishes used for celebrating are generally next level as in all the fall abundance that’s about to be happening over the next several months. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say how about we celebrate “celebratory” food, friends because it’s the right thing to do.
A word of warning though before we proceed, don’t, I repeat DON’T (unless you really want to like I did) get a little carried away with the chili powder. When it comes to spicing it up a bit I tend to get a little carried away cause THAT’S HOW I LIKE IT, but it is not how my family like it so if you have a family or friends with a mild tongue then don’t throw caution to the wind here.
So this posole/pozole (potato, patato), encompasses all that is good about preparing an easy dinner dish because you really just toss all the ingredients into the slow cooker and let it cook away. Then you are done!#MicDrop kind of done. Those are the best kind of recipes friends!! As I was tossing all the easy ingredients in, I thought since we are entering the fall food abundance phase of the year, that adding sweet potato might be the perfect addition. Turns out my intuition was on point!
As I was tossing all the easy ingredients in, I thought since we are entering the fall food abundance phase of the year, that adding sweet potato might be the perfect addition. Turns out my intuition was on point! The sweet starch adds a nice flavoring to the tangy tomatoes. And let’s not forget those fluffy little bits of hominy that you may or may not have ever cooked with. I know for one I’m a newbie! Don’t take my word for it. Make it fo yo-self!
So this posole that is part stew, part chili, and all goodness made happy happen here (I’ll be here all day folks…), which is probably why it’s known to be a dish for celebrations. Don’t take my word for it though make it fo yo-self!
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Posole, a traditional celebratory stew in Mexico, is a hearty weeknight meal and perfect for when you want all your ingredients to go in one pot.
- 1.5 lbs boneless Pork Shoulder, trimmed and cut in half
- Chili Powder
- 1 28-ounce can Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 14-ounce can Crushed Tomatoes with Chilies
- 1 7-ounce can Diced Green Chilies
- 2 14-ounce cans White Hominy, drained
- 1 large Sweet Potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
- Additional Toppings: Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, Cilantro, or Avocado
- Season the Pork Shoulder with salt and pepper and place in the bottom of a 5-quart slow cooker. Place both cans of Crushed Tomatoes, Diced Green Chilies, Hominy, and Sweet Potatoes on top of the meat and season with Cumin and Chili Powder.
- Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. Shred the beef in the pot using two forks.
- Divide between serving bowls and serve with toppings such as cheese, sour cream, cilantro, or avocado.
Check the meat about halfway through the cooking process to determine the doneness level and adjust your time accordingly. I set my slow cooker to 3 hours but turned it off at about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Cookers will vary.
To make the cheesy bread slice a baguette in half, top with butter and shredded cheese (I also used everything bagel seasoning) and broil in the oven until the cheese melts and the edges of the bread become brown and crispy.