Above: Another vegan miracle: Posole verde for the win (from Oh By Golly, December 2021). Photograph by Douglas Merriam.

Many posole verde recipes include tomatillos and chicken breasts. This vegan version is simpler.

1 pound frozen posole (or canned hominy, drained)

¾ pound fresh poblano chiles (about 4), seeded, deveined, and chopped

1 cup chopped white onion

3 garlic cloves

16 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley, with stems

16 sprigs cilantro, with stems

2 cups vegetable broth, divided

Juice of one lime

Additional lime wedges for garnish

6 radishes, sliced

Additional fresh cilantro

Sour cream (optional)

Makes 8–10 servings


  1. Cook posole, covered in 1 quart unsalted water over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until soft but not mushy, about 3 hours for dried or 1¼ hour for frozen. Add more water as needed.

  2. Meanwhile, trim one inch off the bottom stems of parsley and cilantro and discard. Roughly chop remaining leaves and stems. Puree the poblanos, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, and ½ cup broth in a blender until smooth.

  3. When posole is just starting to split open, pour chile mixture over it and stir to combine. Add enough of the remaining stock to make posole soupy. Continue to simmer, uncovered, until posole is tender, adding more stock if necessary, about 45 minutes. Stir in lime juice. Serve with lime wedges, radishes, cilantro, and sour cream, if using.