A Deliciously Tasty Beef Pozole Soup Recipe

If you’re looking for a hearty and healthy dinner (or lunch), beef pozole soup is a great option that will please a wide range of palates. It uses hominy and meat to make it satiating while still being relatively healthy. Now that you know about this soup, you’re probably wondering, “What makes this tasty beef pozole soup so tasty, and how can I make it in the comfort of your own home?

What is Beef Pozole Soup?

If you haven’t heard of beef pozole soup, this soup is a hearty soup with pozole in it. Pozole refers to a Mexican soup using hominy, which is milled corn. To make hominy, corn is put in an alkali solution. It is then washed, and the exterior husk is removed so the corn can be dried and make delicious hominy. This soup gets its flavor from the meat, hominy, and spices being brought together for a strong and satisfying taste.

What’s So Great About Beef Pozole Soup?

This soup is a great option for lunch or dinner. Even picky eaters like this soup, so that gives it a big stamp of approval. What makes it even better is that this soup is super easy to make. If you want an easy meal that’s still impressive, this is it. It’s perfect for a cold day or when you want a comforting meal.

Rich Beef Pozole Soup Recipe

Here’s a rich and hearty recipe if you want to try beef pozole soup for yourself. Feel free to swap out ingredients to suit your dietary needs. For example, chicken or pork also do well in this recipe. Some people use ground beef, but I love the taste of a chuck roast and think it tastes richer.


  • 1 pound chuck roast, cubed
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (or to taste)
  • 4 cups prepared hominy (from dried or canned)
  • 2 diced chilis (optional for added spice, canned is okay)
  • 1 jalapeno (optional for added spice, canned is okay)


  1. You will start by preparing your ingredients. Chop the vegetables you will be using, such as onions and any peppers you have decided to use. You should also peel and chop your garlic. Slice your beef into small cubes.
  2. Put butter in the pot and melt it over medium-high heat.
  3. When the butter is hot, place your garlic and onions In the pan. Cook for around 3 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant and the onions are translucent.
  4. Put your beef cubes and salt in the pan and brown them in the onion and garlic mix. Cook the beef until the outside is browned. It will not be fully cooked on the inside yet, but that is okay. You just want to get the brown exterior.
  5. When the meat is brown, add broth, black pepper, cumin, chili powder, and oregano. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir the ingredients so that they are well incorporated.
  6. Add your hominy.
  7. Cook, covered, for 60 to 90 minutes. Turn down the heat if it starts to simmer over the pot. Stir occasionally.
  8. Check to see if your meat is cooked. It should be tender and fall apart. If it doesn’t, cook for longer. Add more broth if needed.
  9. Add chilis or jalapenos and cook covered for fifteen more minutes.
  10. Serve your hominy. For extra fun, you can use garnishes like lemon wedges, sliced radishes, fresh cilantro, green cabbage shreds, or tortillas!

Is Beef Pozole Soup Healthy?

Beef soup is a healthy soup because it contains many of the nutrients you need. It has vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in veggies and garlic. It also gives you the protein you need in the beef. Plus, soups are a great way to stay hydrated when you are struggling to get enough water because the broth has a high-water content!

While this recipe already has a lot of health benefits, if you want to make this recipe healthier, adding veggies is a good way to improve the nutrients in this recipe. Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense veggies, so it is a great choice, but whatever veggie you like will taste great. I love to add some spinach and tri-color bell peppers because I think these veggies make the soup taste so great and look so colorful/

Can You Swap Out Ingredients In This Recipe?

Yes! It’s common to use meats like pork in pozole recipes, so you can absolutely use those ingredients in this recipe. Pretty much any meat will taste good.

I’ve even made veggie versions of this recipe and have put whatever extra veggies I need to use in the pot to give it a lot of flavors. Additionally, tofu or other meat alternatives can taste good, but you’ll need to add some additional veggies or extra spices for flavor in this case.

What if I Don’t Like Spicy Food?

If you don’t like spice in your food, you can decrease how much pepper you put in your soup. You’re in control of how much spice you put in this recipe.

Can I Make This in an Instant Pot?

I prefer to make this in the instant pot. I sautee the meat first using the sautee setting, and then I add all the other ingredients. From there, I cook at high pressure for about an hour. I quick release (but it doesn’t hurt to slow release either). Sometimes, I wait to add some ingredients until the end. I add any ingredients that I don’t want to get too mushy (Like veggies which I like crisper) after the pressure cook and cook them for around twenty minutes in sautee mode. However, these extra cooking steps aren’t necessary.

Does This Recipe Make Good Leftovers?

Soup is one of the best foods to eat the next day. I like to store this soup in little containers for my lunches throughout the week. It’s a fast and easy-to-reheat lunch, and one of the best parts is that it tastes as good (or even better!) the second time around. The flavor can get even richer when it sits.

What to Pair Your Soup With

This soup can be great as the main meal or as a side dish. I love to eat this soup with corn tortillas because the tortilla adds the extra carbohydrates I always crave when having soup! It’s also great paired with a salad, which makes it a more filling combo.

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