Vegan Pozole

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Pozole is a Mexican soup that dates back to the pre-Columbian era. Originally, this dish was made out of human meat. Yes, that’s right, human meat. Oh, and hominy!

As most of you already know know, the Aztecs had many rituals that involved human sacrifice. Depending on the ritual, after the sacrifice, the human would be made into pozole. The soup also would contain hominy because hominy is a type of corn. The thought process on this was that the gods created people from corn and it all came full circle in the soup.

When the Spaniards conquered Mexico they banned cannibalism. The indigenous people then started to make the soup out of pigs and would enjoy it during times of celebration. Today the soup has many variations, including this cruelty free vegan version we made! No human or animal sacrifice required!

Vegan Pozole

Ingredients
32 ounces of Not-Chicken Broth (Vegetable Broth can be a substitution)
2 Not-Chicken Bouillon Cubes (Vegetable Bouillon Cubes can be a substitution)
2 and 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup of minced red onion
1 clove of garlic (minced with the onion)
1 rounded tablespoon of Oregano Flakes
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 25-29 ounce cans of hominy

Optional
Limes
Tostadas

Instructions
So first off, what the heck is not chicken broth and not-chicken bouillon cubes? Well, they are extra seasoned versions of vegetable broth and bouillon cubes. The extra seasoning that is added gives the broth a chicken-soup like taste. You can find both of these products at Whole Foods. If you don’t live near a Whole Foods, no problem. You can always just use vegetable broth and bouillon cubes, the soup will just have a more earthy taste to it.

For this recipe you’re gonna need a crock pot. Go ahead and pull that bad boy out or call your grandma up to borrow hers. Once you have your crock pot, pour your broth, water, and bouillon cubes into it. Break up the cubes a little bit with a spoon and turn the heat on low. Add your minced onion and minced garlic to the pot and stir. Now, add in a nice rounded table spoon of oregano flakes and your teaspoon of garlic salt. After you mix all that together nicely add in your hominy. Depending on how much time you have, you can either leave the crock pot on low for eight hours or turn it up to medium and leave it for six hours. Your call. Serve warm with a healthy amount of lime and warmed tostadas (a type of tortilla, you can find them anywhere, even Wal-Mart).

Post, Photo, and Recipe by Kylie Torres.

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