I’ve always been interested in menudo, but after tasting it the first time I realized I wasn’t built for tripe! When i was younger my mother made what I thought was menudo with chicken, and thought it was amazing!
Years later I realized what she was making was actually Posole, or Pozole Rojo with chicken. Doing some research I put together a recipe that is fairly easy to make, cost effective, and extremely delicious!
This is a great meal for weeks where you’re on a tight budget, or even just are going to be busy and need something super quick to get going throughout the week. This can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days, or stored in containers in the freezer for up to 6 months!
This is a meal that can be done with either chicken or pork. If you’re using chicken, I definitely recommend getting a whole chicken, and quartering it. It’ll save you some money making this an extremely cheap meal to cook. I think for all the ingredients you’re looking at around 10-15 dollars for a recipe that will give you about 16 serving. That’s less that a buck a serving!!
This meal will definitely give you a lot of leftovers if you’re a family of 4. Unless you’re planning on eating this throughout the week, which we mostly do, definitely put 1-2 cup servings in Storage containers and in the freezer for quick weekday meals or leftovers for work.
This recipe obviously will have bones and maybe skin left in the soup so keep a look out for them when pulling the meat out to shred. I’ve also noticed that letting the soup sit for about an hour after its done allows the flavors to set in and its even better the next day!
This meal isn’t complete without garnishes. I recommend using the staples: cilantro, red cabbage, radishes, a wedge of lime and some corn tortillas warmed up on a pan with a little butter to give them a crisp. Optionally you can use chopped white onion, jalapeno, Tapatio.
But out of all garnishes I LOVE using cheese. I found this out watching some workers at a soup plantaion once putting cheese in their soup. It adds a great texture and flavor to the soup that I guarantee you’ll love.