Slow Cooker Pork Posole

Slow cooker pork posole is sorta a cheater’s version of authentic Mexican posole, a stew of sorts made with pork, hominy, onions, garlic, and all the traditional toppings. About the only thing missing is the constant need to tend it on the stovetop.

A bowl of pork, avocado, and hominy in a red broth on a cutting board with tortilla chips

This slow cooker pork posole is an easy riff on a classic Mexican expression of comfort food. The robust stew includes meltingly tender shredded pork along with hominy and onions that are gently coaxed to sweetness. If you’re lucky enough to have some leftover posole, goodness gracious, the options are endless. Harness it as a burrito or taco filling, plop it atop some rice, or simply slap a fried egg on top and consider it breakfast.Angie Zoobkoff

What is posole?

Posole is the English spelling of pozole, a Mexican stew made with pork or chicken and hominy in a broth that’s nuanced with chile pepper and gilded with any number of ingredients, whether radish, cabbage, avocado, cilantro, or lime.

Slow Cooker Pork Posole

A bowl of pork, avocado, and hominy in a red broth on a cutting board with tortilla chips
Slow cooker pork posole is sorta a cheater’s version of authentic Mexican posole, a stew of sorts made with pork, hominy, onions, garlic, and all the traditional toppings. About the only thing missing is the constant need to tend it on the stovetop.
Martha Stewart Living

Prep 20 mins
Cook 4 hrs 20 mins
Total 4 hrs 40 mins
Mains
Mexican
6 servings
289 kcal
4.75 / 12 votes
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Equipment

  • 5- to 6-quart slow cooker

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless pork shoulder trimmed and cut into 4-inch (10-cm) pieces
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 medium white onion (about 1 cup) chopped, plus more for serving
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 cups canned chicken broth or homemade low-sodium chicken stock
  • Two (15-ounce) cans hominy drained and rinsed

For serving

  • Chopped avocado
  • Sliced radishes
  • Fried corn tortilla strips or tortilla chips
  • Lime wedges

Directions
 

  • Preheat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker on high until warm, about 20 minutes. Season the pork with salt.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil. Add the pork to the skillet and cook, turning as needed, until the pieces are browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  • In the same skillet, reduce the heat to medium-low and heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add the onion, garlic, and chili powder and sauté until softened, about 6 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups broth and cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon. Transfer everything in the skillet to the slow cooker along with 2 cups broth. Cover and cook until the meat is very tender, 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  • Using tongs or a slotted spoon transfer the pork to a large bowl and, using 2 forks, shred the pork. Return the pork to the slow cooker and stir in the hominy. Stir to combine and to warm the pork. Season with salt to taste.
  • Serve the posole with avocado, radishes, tortilla strips, and lime on the side for each person to add as desired.
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Show Nutrition

Serving: 1portionCalories: 289kcal (14%)Carbohydrates: 25g (8%)Protein: 25g (50%)Fat: 10g (15%)Saturated Fat: 2g (13%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.05gCholesterol: 60mg (20%)Sodium: 1166mg (51%)Potassium: 485mg (14%)Fiber: 5g (21%)Sugar: 4g (4%)Vitamin A: 796IU (16%)Vitamin C: 2mg (2%)Calcium: 44mg (4%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

I really enjoyed this easy slow cooker pork posole—it had a lot of flavor (plus a good amount of heat) for minimal effort! There was a nice variety of textures in the dish between the hominy, the avocado, the tortilla chips, and the soup. Definitely a great weeknight dinner as long as you run the slow cooker the day before you plan to eat it.

I had a slight oversight that ended up working out perfectly fine—I missed that the shoulder should have been cut into 4-inch pieces. I left it as one chunk, browned it a bit, and then added it to the slower cooker (which I oiled a bit before preheating for 15 minutes). After 4 hours on high the meat was falling-apart tender. I didn’t even have to remove it to shred, although you certainly could do so if easier.

I also enjoyed it with a bit of shredded cotija and some diced poblano from the garden in addition to the suggested accompaniments.

Slow cooker pork posole is new to my culinary library but, like many slow cooker recipes, the sum is much more than its parts. I could smell this would be good, but 8 hours of warm magic transformed the pork, garlic, onion, and chili powder into a stew of meaty broth slicked with a warm shimmer of fat that I wanted to devour. The nubs of hominy added an earthy corn flavor that’s almost like ready-made southwest gnocchi.

Originally published January 10, 2021

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this weekend! It was tasty! I’ve never had whole hominy before, only grits. We wrapped it up in tortillas, and it was so good. This, I might add, was the only thing I made in a slow cooker that my husband would eat-even had seconds!

    1. Thank you, Carol! We are so pleased that this is worthy of seconds. Please do let us know what you make next.

  2. 5 stars
    I must say this is a super easy recipe for Posole. It was delish! I’ve made a couple other recipes that were much more complicated with all different types of peppers. Way too much work. Honestly I will add this to my recipe collection. I added a little bit of shredded cabbage to my topping and cojeta cheese. Yummy! Thanks a bunch♥️

  3. 4 stars
    Quite good. Will add more hominy next time. Tastes best when allowed to sit for a while. Leftovers tasted better the second/third day because the flavor soaked in better. Next time I’d make it a day ahead of when I plan to eat it.

  4. Hi, this looks delicious! I have never cooked with hominy before so I just want to be sure that after adding the hominy to the slow cooker, it’s just stir & serve? Or does the hominy need time to cook? TIA!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this on a cool, rainy March day and invited neighbors over. They had never had pozole and practically licked their bowls clean. This recipe is not as time-consuming as a traditional recipe using dried chilies (instead of the chili powder) and is darn good. Even better made a day ahead and chilled to meld the flavors (leftovers were incredible). Thank you!

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