Recipe By Chef John
Published Jan 11th
Prep 20m Cook 6h 10m Additional - Ready In 6h 30m
Servings 8 servings Calories 818.6

Rich, succulent, fatty pork combines with sweet white corn hominy in red pozole, an incredibly comforting, classic, cold weather dish that’s usually served at New Year’s. Whether you call pozole a soup or a stew, it’s a satisfying bowl of food, with or without any fixings. Serve with finely sliced cabbage, diced onion, chopped avocado, sliced radishes and peppers, fresh cilantro, lime wedges, and chips or warmed corn tortillas.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 ½ pounds pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 ½ pounds pork shanks
  • 1 ½ pounds pork feet
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled, but left whole
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 stalks celery, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 large bay leaves
  • 4 quarts water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dried Mexican oregano
  • 12 medium garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 3 ounces dried guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 ounce dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 (30 ounce) cans white hominy, drained and rinsed

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place pork shoulder in the refrigerator. Transfer pork shanks and feet into a large pot on the stove. Add onion, carrot, and celery, salt, pepper, cumin, and bay leaves. Pour in 3 quarts water. Turn heat to high and bring to a simmer.
  2. 2 Skim foam from the surface and add Mexican oregano, rubbing it between your hands as you drop it into the pot. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently until pork is tender and will easily come off the bone, about 3 ½ hours.
  3. 3 While the pork is simmering, place unpeeled garlic cloves in a dry pan over medium heat. Roast the cloves, shaking the pan occasionally over the heat, until slightly charred on the outside and just starting to get soft on the inside. Remove from the heat and transfer into a bowl to cool.
  4. 4 Place guajillo and ancho chile peppers into a 4-cup liquid measuring cup and set a strainer over the top. Ladle some simmering broth from the pot into the strainer until chiles are covered. Let soak until the pork is finished simmering.
  5. 5 When pork is finished cooking, set a strainer over a large bowl. Remove pork and vegetables with a slotted spoon and place in the strainer.
  6. 6 Meanwhile, peel the cooled garlic cloves and add them to the chile pepper and broth mixture. Puree chile mixture with an immersion blender until smooth.
  7. 7 Pass pureed chiles through a strainer into the pot of broth. Add a spoonful or two of the broth to the pureed chiles to help it pass through the strainer if needed. Pour the remaining 1 quart of water through the strainer, then add the pork shoulder to the pot. Simmer over medium-low heat.
  8. 8 While the pork shoulder simmers, remove bones from pork shanks, then cut shanks and feet into smaller pieces.
  9. 9 Once the pork shoulder has simmered for 1 ½ hours, add diced shanks and feet to the pot. Stir in hominy and continue to simmer until pork is very tender, about 1 more hour. Skim any fat from the surface as it cooks and season with more salt if needed.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 818.6
  • Carbohydrate 44.6 g
  • Cholesterol 186.5 mg
  • Fat 48.8 g
  • Fiber 10.4 g
  • Protein 48.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 16.3 g
  • Sodium 2058.3 mg

Chef's Notes

You can use Greek or Italian oregano but try to find Mexican since it has a unique flavor; If your hands are sensitive, you might want to use gloves when seeding the chile peppers; If you don't see pork shoulder in the grocery store, it's sometimes called pork butt; I like my pozole very meaty and relatively thick but if you like yours brothier, simply add more liquid during the simmering process.


  1. Never left a review on a recipe before, but this one really caught me. As a big fan of stewing/soups/etc, I was surprised this never crossed into my awareness before Chef John's video. Since I live in Podunk, USA I couldn't find trotters or shanks on a Saturday, so I subsituted half a rack of - Read more ...

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