Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Pozole


This healthy vegetarian take on the Mexican stew pozole gets tons of flavor from poblano peppers, ancho chile powder and dried herbs and spices, while cannellini beans provide protein and fiber.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 20 mins
9 cups

What Is Pozole?

Pozole is a Mexican stew that's traditionally made with hominy and meat and topped with various garnishes. Pozole is served as a festive dish to celebrate holidays as well as an everyday meal. Vegetarian pozole often substitutes beans for the meat in the stew.

What Is Hominy?

Hominy is corn that has been treated with lime to remove the tough hull and germ. It's earthy in flavor, chewy in texture and an integral ingredient in the stew. Look for it in cans in the Latin section of your supermarket.

How to Serve Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Pozole

Garnish vegetarian pozole with shredded cabbage, radishes, fresh cilantro and sour cream. For a vegan version, top with diced avocado instead of sour cream. Serve this hearty stew on its own or with warm corn tortillas on the side.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 1 cup dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight (see Tip)

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions

  • 2 cups chopped seeded poblano peppers

  • 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 1 ¼ cups canned hominy, rinsed

  • 6 tablespoons prepared tomatillo salsa

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup shredded cabbage

  • ¾ cup sour cream

  • ½ cup sliced radishes

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Drain beans and transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and poblanos; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, ancho chile powder, chili powder, oregano and cumin; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker. Stir in broth and hominy. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit inside the slow cooker and press it directly onto the pozole. Cover with the lid and cook on Low until the beans are tender, 7 to 8 hours. Discard the parchment paper.

  2. Stir salsa, lime juice and salt into the pozole. Serve topped with cabbage, sour cream, radishes and cilantro.


6-quart slow cooker, parchment paper


Forgot to soak your beans? No problem! Just place them in a large pot and add water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour.

To make ahead

Cover and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

261 Calories
8g Fat
39g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 261
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 13g 45%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Vitamin A 1313IU 26%
Vitamin C 28mg 31%
Folate 17mcg 4%
Sodium 505mg 22%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 20mg 5%
Potassium 203mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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