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A few weeks ago we shared a pozole rojo recipe for the holidays. Problem is, it takes hours to make! I was super excited when Knorr approached me about sharing their quick pozole rojo recipe. It's ready in less than an hour, can be customized with your favorite vegetables, and is super flavorful thanks to Knorr bouillon. Did you know that everyone tops their pozole rojo with different types of vegetables and herbs? Keep reading for the recipe and the get ideas for pozole toppings!
Quick Pozole Rojo Recipe
Make this quick pozole rojo recipe as a hearty meal any time of year. On cold days, we love to keep a pot of pozole gently simmering on the stove so we can snack all day long. It's a delicious, fast recipe you can make in less than an hour thanks to Knorr bouillon. Cooking with Knorr bouillon has long been a family tradition for us because recipes featuring Knorr bouillon are always flavorful and delicious, every time. Since this recipe cooks pretty quick, the meat isn't as tender as we'd like; for more tender meat, allow the soup to simmer longer.
Get the Quick Pozole Rojo recipe here:
This pozole recipe comes together really quickly and easily. Watch this short video to see how:
Yum, right?! This recipe makes enough for 8 large bowls of pozole, which is two meals in my house of four. Thing is, we usually want to get seconds. We are eating lots of veggies with all the toppings we put on the pozole so it's a good thing. That's one of my favorite things about pozole: the toppings!
6 Toppings for Pozole Rojo
Everybody I know puts different vegetables on their pozole rojo to customize it. Just last week, we were at Disney California Adventure's Disney Festival of Holidays where we had pozole topped with shredded cabbage and carrots. My friend's mom puts onions, lemon juice, and cilantro on their pozole. Fresh veggies add a delicious crunch and refreshing flavor to the soup. Here are 6 ideas for toppings for pozole rojo that you can combine to find a flavor combination that you love:
Lemon or Lime Juice
Serve lemon or lime wedges with the soup. The juice brightens the flavor and gives the soup a fresh taste.
Cabbage lends crunch and in the hot soup, it softens slightly. The cabbage can give the soup more body, making it feel more hearty. I mean, it's already pretty hearty, but if you really wanna pack in the fiber, then cabbage is a great option.
Cilantro is to go-to for most Mexican food but you can also serve pozole rojo with chopped Italian parsley or oregano for a slightly different flavor. Or mix all three! You can also use menudo mix or dried oregano as a topping; rub the dried leaves between your hands to grind them even smaller and then sprinkle onto the soup.
Sliced radishes or carrots
If you're looking for a lot of crunch, add thinly sliced radishes or carrot chips to the pozole. They will soften in the warm soup but still add crunch and texture.
Onions are great for adding crunch and flavor to pozole rojo. We chop our onions in slightly larger chunks so we'll get the crunch from them while we eat!
Add chunks or slices of avocado to pozole just like with chicken tortilla soup. The creaminess of the avocado pairs well with spicy pozole; soak dried ancho chiles then blend in a blender, adding to the soup to make it spicier.
Most of the vegetables will soften over time when added to the hot soup. We add the vegetables to the top of the soup just before eating. You can set out bowls or plates with each of these fresh toppings on them so everyone at the table can customize the soup to their liking. We topped this bowl of pozole rojo with chopped Italian parsley, sliced radishes, and diced onions with a squeeze of a lime wedge to really bring out all of the flavors. Serve with warm tortillas for a full meal!
You can pick up Knorr bouillon at your local Northgate Market. Right now when you purchase Knorr Bouillon, you can get Guerrero Riquísimas flour tortillas for free!
If you've never been in a Northgate Market, you're totally missing out. You gotta go!
From the panaderia to the tortilla factory in-store to the moutains of fresh produce and the agua frescas bar, there's something incredible and authentic around every corner.
They even had my favorite cookies, the “pig” cookies!
And don't forget to pick up the Knorr bouillon while you're there:
Find a Northgate Market near you by using the Northgate Store Locator.
Do you make pozole rojo? Share how you customize your recipe and toppings in the comments below.