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Vegan Posole

Vegetarian Posole

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 15 min prep
Clock Icon for Prep Time 55 min total
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 13 ingredients

Posole can be eaten year-round but is particularly abundant during the holidays. While posole is traditionally made with pork, you won’t miss it in this vegetarian version, which has plenty of garlic and meaty mushrooms....


  • 10 dried guajillo chiles (fewer if you want a milder soup; see Chef Tips)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 portobello mushroom caps, gills removed and chopped
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • ½ cup white rice
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (16 ounce) can hominy, drained and rinsed (see Chef Tips)
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 1-2 limes)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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Nutrition Facts


399 cals


10 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

6 g


67 g


5 g


11 g


13 g


1553 mg


  1. In the pitcher of a blender, add chiles. Cover with warm water, place lid on blender and let sit for 15 minutes. When chiles are soft, blend until smooth.
  2. Add olive oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. Once heated, add onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Sweat for about 15 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. Add kale and rice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add stock, pepper puree and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 20 minutes.
  4. Add beans and hominy—season with salt and pepper. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the rice is cooked. Add lime juice and remove bay leaves. Adjust seasoning and serve.

Chef Tips

Guajillo chiles come dried and can be found in the produce or Latin American foods section of the grocery store.

This recipe calls for canned hominy, which cuts down on prep-time, but if you are able to soak dried hominy, you’ll find that it retains the texture a little better in the cooking process.

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