This easy slow cooker Pork Posole make a fantastic weeknight dinner - easy and super tasty! Your whole family will love this fun alternative to chili!
At the end of a long and hot summer, we always celebrate the first day that turns cool by making chili. Its tradition, and we love that first steaming bowl with all the toppings, alongside a big piece of homemade corn bread. But by the end of the winter, we are looking for something, anything new. We still want those warm and hearty comforting meals, but changing it up some is key to our meal-time happiness!
The first time I had posole, it was nothing like this recipe. I had just starting dating my husband, and we went to visit some relatives for lunch. My husband's aunt's ex-husand's parents (yes, its complicated) were originally from Mexico, and for lunch they made a homemade chicken posole. I remember being incredibly curious and fascinated by this dish and all its (to me) weird ingredients. But the taste was sooooo fantastic! Bright yet hearty at the same time.
I wanted this posole recipe to be easy enough for any weeknight (hence the use of a crockpot!) but still boast amazing flavors! This recipe is seriously simple, but it tastes anything but! You literally just need to toss the ingredients into the crock pot in the morning and let it do its thing. At dinner time, you only need to prep a few toppings (a whole of four, to be exact), and then have yourself an easy, healthy, and delicious meal!
The pork is super tender, the broth is heavily flavored, and the toppings are easy and fabulous. Traditionally posole contains hominy, which is basically dried corn that has been soaked in a lye bath. I was fairly confident that my children would not eat it, and I didn't want that super high sodium content in their little diets. So instead I replaced it with chickpeas, which are high in protein, folate, iron, and fiber. All things I definitely do want in my children's diets!
I highly recommend setting out the sliced radishes, cilantro, avocado and lime wedges on the table in little bowls and letting each family member top their own bowl. Not only is it easier to get exactly the perfect bowl, but you also totally know how I feel about letting your kiddos create their own meals. Its a great way to get them interested in trying new foods and learning how delicious life can be!
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 28 oz whole tomatoes, diced
- 30 oz garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2.5 lb pork shoulder
- 3 cups unsalted chicken stock
- Dice the onion into small pieces.
- Cut the pork shoulder into 1" chunks.
- Place the diced onion, the diced tomatoes, the garbanzo beans, cumin, oregano, garlic, diced pork and chicken stock into the slow cooker.
- Place the lid onto the slow cooker.
- Cook on low heat for 8 hours.
- Serve the soup topped with sliced radishes, chopped cilantro, diced avocado and lime wedges.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 836Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 177mgSodium: 180mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 13gSugar: 11gProtein: 61g