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Pork and Hominy Stew

This isn't quite pork green chili and it's not quite pozole but it's a little spicy and a lot savory and such a warming comforting bowl of stew. I love using leftover shredded pork from carnitas or leftover shredded pork from a bbq night. If you don't have leftover pulled pork you could easily make this with one of those spicy cilantro chicken sausages that are easy to find in the store these days or some shredded rotisserie chicken. I love hominy, it adds a good amount of starch to the stew without making you feel like a balloon...but I still added one small can of cannellini beans because they are so tasty.

What you need:

All the leftover pork from the carnitas recipe or you could use leftover shredded pork bbq or shredded rotisserie chicken (1-1.5 lbs)

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp oregano

Salt and pepper

2 jalapeño (carefully remove the seeds if you don't want too much spice)

1 poblano pepper

1 small yellow onion

1 finely grated carrot

2 cloves of garlic finely chopped

25 oz can of hominy, rinsed and drained

15 oz can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup of frozen chopped spinach

1/4 cup cilantro

1.5-2 quarts of chicken broth

Begin by chopping your peppers and onions and adding them to a soup pot with a drizzle of oil and some salt and pepper. Begin sweating them over medium heat stirring occasionally. After about 5 minutes add the spices and chopped garlic, and shredded carrot. Add another pinch of salt and pepper. Allow the spices to become very fragrant and and stir so the garlic doesn't burn. After about 3 minutes add the meat and stir to coat it with all of the spices. Now add one quart of broth and the beans and hominy. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Add the spinach and cilantro. If you feel it is too thick add more broth. Simmer for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally so the bottom doesn't burn. Serve with hot sauce, more fresh cilantro, sliced avocado, and your favorite cheese. We used Cotija because we had some leftover from taco night, it's really mild and creamy. Enjoy!

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