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Creamy Pumpkin Seed and Green Chile Posole

Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins

A puréed salsa made with roasted pumpkin seeds helps give this posole a rich flavor and chowderlike texture.

Onions: Creamy Pumpkin Seed and Green Chile Posole (0117)

Annabelle Breakey
 1 large yellow onion, cut into wedges
 3 large poblano chiles
 1 serrano chile
 1 1/2 pounds tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed
 4 unpeeled garlic cloves
 2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
  About 1 cup salted, roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas), divided
 2 cans (29 oz. each) white hominy, rinsed and drained
 5 to 6 cups vegetable broth
  About 5 tsp. dried Mexican oregano, divided
 1 teaspoon ground cumin
 1 large zucchini, cut into large dice
  Accompaniments: corn tortillas, cilantro leaves, thinly sliced green onions, and crumbled cotija cheese
Step 1

Preheat broiler with oven rack 3 in. from heat. Set yellow onion, poblanos, serrano, tomatillos, and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil, turning, until vegetables are browned to blackened all over, 15 to 30 minutes, moving them to a bowl as browned. Let cool.

Step 2

Toast ancho chiles in a large pot over medium heat until fragrant, pressing down with tongs and turning occasionally, about 3 minutes. Turn off heat.

Step 3

Peel and seed poblanos and serrano. Peel garlic. Whirl serrano, garlic, onion, tomatillos and any juices, and 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds in a food processor until very smooth. Pour into pot with whole anchos (they'll fall apart as they cook). Coarsely chop poblanos and add to pot.

Step 4

Stir in hominy, 5 cups broth, 2 tsp. oregano, and the cumin. Cover, bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cumin flavor is mellow, about 45 minutes. Discard any large pieces of ancho chile.

Step 5

Stir zucchini into posole and simmer just until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in more broth if you'd like a thinner soup.

Step 6

Ladle posole into bowls and serve with remaining pumpkin seeds and oregano and other accompaniments to taste.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 299Calories from Fat 31
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g16%

Saturated Fat 1.7g9%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 1123mg47%
Total Carbohydrate 45g15%

Dietary Fiber 9.7g39%
Protein 9.7g20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.