Butternut Squash & Tomato Posole

Butternut Squash & Tomato Posole

8 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine November/December 2012

Posole is a traditional Mexican stew most often made with pork and hominy (dried corn kernels that have been treated to soften the hull) cooked in a fragrant chile-based sauce. In this quick vegetarian recipe, we rely on the meatiness of pinto beans and butternut squash combined with hand-crushed whole tomatoes to make a satisfying stew.

Ingredients 5 servings

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  • 1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, preferably no-salt added
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups chopped red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 cups diced (1/2-inch) peeled butternut squash (see Tip)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15-ounce can white hominy, rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1 ripe but firm avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


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  1. Working over a bowl, break apart tomatoes with your fingers one at a time, letting them drop into the bowl (see Tip).
  2. Heat oil in a large, heavy pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add chili powder and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add squash, broth, hominy, beans and the crushed tomatoes (and juice). Bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  3. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve with avocado and cilantro.
  • Tips: For convenience, try using butternut squash that is already peeled and cubed. Look for it near other prepared fresh vegetables in the produce department of most supermarkets.
  • If you only stock one type of canned tomato, opt for versatile whole plum tomatoes. Break them up for chunky stews, dice them if you want smaller pieces or puree them to use in a sauce.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 2/3 cups
  • Per serving: 330 calories; 10 g fat(1 g sat); 17 g fiber; 56 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein; 120 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 10 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 15123 IU vitamin A; 49 mg vitamin C; 162 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 724 mg sodium; 1152 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (300% daily value), Vitamin C (74% dv), Potassium (33% dv), Folate (30% dv), Iron & Magnesium (23% dv), Calcium (16% dv).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 1/2 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 2 fat

Reviews 8

November 01, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Amazing with a little extra The recipe is great as is but I did a few minor changes. I couldn't find hominey at the store by me so I used sweet white corn instead to balance out the spiciness and it worked perfectly. I also added a few dashes of Cajun seasoning and used 1/2 lb shredded chicken for a bit more protein. It was perfect and I'll definitely make it again. Pros: Easy to make, quick, healthy, flavorful Cons: It's so good you'll want to keep eating!
July 29, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Flavorful I tried this dish last night and it was super easy to make and didn't take long to prepare. It was VERY flavorful but good. I did cut back on the chili powder, because I didn't want the dish to be too spicy (we don't really eat anything spicy in my household) and think this was a bad choice on my end. The dish ended up being too flavorful in our opinion but if I had done more chili powder, I think this dish would have been perfect. I did go with pre-cut butternut squash and plum canned tomatoes too. Overall very good, but next time I won't cut back on the chili powder. Pros: flavorful, easy to make
March 05, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
I made this last night and loved it. I was looking for a recipe to use up leftover butternut squash and this turned out to be perfect. I made the recipe as written and thought it was fantastic. Pros: Easy, Healthy, Cheap, Yummy Cons: NULL
February 18, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Way too hot All we could taste was the heat of the chili powder. Might have been good if the taste hadn't been overpowered by the hot. I added extra beans and squash and served it over rice trying to bring down the heat. No luck. Pros: easy Cons: too hot
January 21, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
A must try! What a great low fat healthy dish! I did use sweet onion instead of red onion. It was fun to try hominy, as I had not used it before. Avocado and cilantro a must! Pros: Easy to prepare with frozen butternut squash, very flavorful and hearty. Cons: None!
January 01, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Very Good, a must try! This was very easy to prepare, even using a whole squash. Very flavorful, just the right amount of heat (if you are very sensitive, you might want to cut back on the chili powder and add cumin to taste). Even my kids, who tend to be extremely picky with soups and stews, really liked this. Will definitely make it again.
November 06, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Absolutely delicious This stew is a must try for vegetarians and omnivores. It is a great meal for cold winter nights that warms you up. The added avocado and cilantro give the stew such a fresh and savory taste. You must try. Pros: Quick and easy
November 05, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
REALLY YUMMY I made this for dinner the other night and it was awesome. The only addition I made was I added some cooked ground turkey I had, because I didn't think my guys would eat it without meat. I brought the leftovers for work the next day and everyone in the office stopped by my office when I heated it up because it smelled so good. Pros: EASY