Authentic Mexican vegan pozole verde! This comforting soup is hearty, savory and nutritious. One of the most popular Mexican dishes on the blog! Make sure to make the full batch because you’ll want seconds.
What is Vegan Pozole Verde?
Pozole is an authentic Mexican soup dish made with hominy, pork or chicken and a blend of savory peppers. There are two main types of Pozoles: green and red. The red pozole is delicious as well but my all-time favorite is pozole verde!
Vegan Pozole Verde is made with a lot of the same ingredients that salsa verde is made with. If you’re a fan of salsa verde (green salsa), you will love this hearty soup! This recipe will vary depending on the part of Mexico that you get it from. However, there are 3 main parts to pozole verde:
The Broth: In my opinion, the best part! This is where all the flavor comes from. A blend of tomatillos, pepita (pumpkin) seeds, cilantro, onion, garlic and peppers. Let’s not forget the vegetable broth. I recommend making your own using Better Than Bouillon and water.
The hominy: Hominy is made from whole corn kernels that have been soaked and processed to be more available for cooking. They have a mild taste, slightly earthly and slightly similar to corn. I personally love the texture!
The Jackfruit: Jackfruit is a great substitute for chicken or pork. I highly recommend buying the canned jackfruit from Trader Joe’s or any of your local grocery stores. Make sure to drain, rinse well and pat dry before using.
Nutritious Pozole Verde Ingredients
This recipe is one of the most nutritious Mexican dishes around! It has lots of vitamins and antioxidants making it perfect for sick days. The pumpkin seeds, spinach, peppers, herbs contribute to all of these wonderful benefits. Check out the ingredients used for the broth:
Tips and Substitutes
Roasting the tomatillos, peppers and onion is optional but makes for a great vegan pozole verde. It adds a nice roasted flavor but is not necessary if you are in a rush. You can simply blend all the broth ingredients and simmer with the broth to cook.
Adding 2-3 jalapeno or serrano peppers makes a mild-medium spicy broth. If you want it mild, use 1 pepper and if you want it spicer use 4+. If using less peppers, i highly recommend using 2 pasilla peppers to make up for the flavor. Pasilla peppers are extremely mild in spice but huge in flavor.
I add spinach for extra nutrients and to get a nice green color broth. It is optional but I highly recommend it.
Jackfruit is a great meat alternative but you can also use shredded king oyster mushroom, portobella mushroom slices, vegan chicken, seitan or soy curls.