Vegan Posole

vegan posole
Photo: Erin Scott

A hearty vegan version of a usually ultra-meaty dish.

Cabbage, usually a garnish served on top of posole, becomes the star here. Both dried chiles and ground dried chiles provide a lot of the flavor in this dish. As with all posole, much of the appeal is in the toppings—offer a big range for people to make their cozy bowl their own. If you’re not concerned about the vegetarian/vegan angle of this dish, go ahead and use chicken broth. Print

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vegan posole

Vegan Posole

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 4 ancho chiles
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 head savoy cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons New Mexico chile powder
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can hominy
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
  • salt to taste

Optional toppings

  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 6 green onions
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 limes
  • Hatch Chiles: roasted, peeled, and chopped
  • Tortilla chips or tortilla strips


  1. Seed the chiles: and tear them into pieces; put them in a bowl, cover with boiling water, and set aside. Peel and halve the onion; cut it into thin slices. Peel and mince the garlic. Core and halve the cabbage; cut into thin slices (it will fall apart into shreds).
  2. Heat a large pot over high heat; add the cumin seeds and cook, shaking the pan, until toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the oil, onion, and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion soft-ens, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cabbage and cook, stirring fre-quently, until the cabbage wilts a bit, about 5 minutes. Add the chile powder and stir to combine. Drain the chiles, reserving the soaking liquid, and add the soaked chiles to the pot along with the broth. Bring to a boil.
  3. Drain and rinse the hominy: and add it to the pot along with the bay leaves. Reduce the heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook until the vegetables are very tender and the flavors blend, about 15 minutes. Add the oregano and add salt to taste.
  4. Prepare the toppings: while the posole cooks, prepare the toppings you want to use: trim and slice or dice the radishes; trim and slice the green onions; peel and chop the avocado; chop the cilantro; cut the limes into wedges.
  5. Serve: the posole in big bowls with the toppings for diners to add as they like
  • Author: Molly Watson
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: soup
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 8

Keywords: posole, cabbage, vegan