Vegan Pozole with Green Chiles and Jalapeños

Makes: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 1 hr and 40 mins


  • 8 ounces dried pinto beans, about 1 heaping cup
  • 1 white onion, quartered
  • 1 pound tomatillos, husks removed
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 6 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, tough stems removed
  • 2 (7-ounce) cans large chopped Rio Luna Organic Green Chiles, drained
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced Rio Luna Organic Jalapeños, drained
  • 1 (25-ounce) can white hominy, drained and rinsed
  • To Garnish:
  • Diced white onion
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Tortilla chips
  • Dried oregano
  • Sliced radishes

Made With


  1. Pick through the pinto beans and remove any rocks if you see them. Rinse beans well then cover with water and let soak overnight. If you don’t have time to do this, you can cook beans from dry, but it will take longer.
  2. Heat broiler to high. Arrange onion, tomatillos, and garlic on a baking sheet. Broil until charred on all sides, turning occasionally. Keep a close eye on the garlic, it will toast faster than the others. Remove it as it gets golden brown, but not burnt.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add pumpkin seeds and fry in the oil until toasted and starting to pop. Season with salt and transfer to a blender.
  4. Once vegetables are charred, add them to the blender as well along with 1/2 cup of the water or vegetable broth (if using) and the cilantro. Blend on high until very smooth.
  5. Heat remaining 3 tablespoons of oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add pureed vegetable mixture (careful, it will spatter), and stir constantly, frying the sauce until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Add remaining 5 1/5 cups of water or broth, soaked pinto beans, chiles, and jalapeños.
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until beans are tender, about 1 hour (this will take longer if you didn’t pre-soak the beans).
  7. Add hominy and season with salt (start with 2 teaspoons and go from there). Serve with as many garnishes as you'd like.

Recipe Note

This recipe was developed and featured on Hola Jalapeño. The original blog post can be read here.