Vegan Pozole Verde Recipe (2 Ways)

Vegan pozole verde is a hearty Mexican hominy stew made with a tomatillo based green salsa and toasted pepitas or pumpkin seeds. It’s easy to make and you can use either jackfruit or oyster mushrooms.

Vegan Pozole Verde Recipe

What is Pozole Verde

I once read somewhere that pozole means hominy. Amigos, pozole does not mean “hominy”!

Pozole comes from the Aztec indigenous language náhuatl word pozolli. It means foam or foamy. This is meant to describe the way the hominy expands and foams when cooking.

Pozole is a hearty and thick hominy based soup from Mexico and what is now the Southern US states.

Pozole (it’s spelled posole in the Southern US) is a Mexican comfort food, that’s healthy, satisfying, never disappoints and is always an incredibly delicious meal.

Traditionally made with pork, chilies, herbs and spices, pozole is a dish reserved for special occasions.

But this recipe is delicious and easy enough to become a weekly staple for your family, if you’d like. It’s really not a lot of work and it’s so worth it.

Legend has it that the original pozole was made with human flesh and reserved only for celebration of battles or for offering to the gods for a fruitful harvest. You can read more about this on my pozole rojo article and recipe.

Thankfully you don’t have to worry about human flesh, or even that of animal, we are making vegan pozole verde.

Pozole verde is made with different ingredients, than rojo, which make it green.

As always, there are many recipe variations, depending of the region of Mexico and from family to family.

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The Three Pozole Colors

Did you know that there are 3 types of pozole?

There’s rojo, verde and blanco. Just like the 3 colors of the Mexican flag.

Traditionally they are made with pork but I’ve also seen chicken, beef and even some shrimp pozoles in Mexico.

Pozole rojo gets its red color from the dried red chilies used to make the sauce and broth.

Pozole blanco or white pozole doesn’t use any chiles. It’s just the broth and seasoned with herbs.

Pozole verde or green pozole gets its color from the use of fresh green chiles, tomatillos and fresh herbs.

They are all equally special and delicious in their own way.

What is Green Pozole Made With

What is Pozole Verde Made Of

Traditionally pozole verde is made with pork or chicken, broth, a sauce base of homemade roasted salsa verde.

Other ingredients like roasted poblano peppers, herbs like epazote and cilantro, some people add spinach or lettuce.

Additionally many recipes use toasted pepitas or pumpkin seeds, which lend a delicious creaminess to the sauce and pozole. I highly suggest not skipping them!

Vegan Pozole Verde with Mushrooms

How to Make it Vegan

In my recipe, we of course are going to make it without meat. This recipe is 100% vegan!

We are going to be swapping out the pork for either jackfruit or oyster mushrooms.

Both jackfruit and oyster mushrooms are fantastic meat substitutes in just about any recipe.

Jackfruit has more of the look and texture of shredded meat. Naturally, the taste is pretty bland so it can easily mix with the other ingredients to create a very flavorful dish.

Make sure to read my guide on how to properly prepare jackfruit for cooking. Don’t skip this step if you want to make your pozole verde more flavorful.

Oyster mushrooms are a really great substitute for meat. You can shred or pull them apart to resemble shredded meat. They too can easily be incorporated into just about any dish where you want to omit the meat.

Oyster mushrooms are also a good source of protein — more than jackfruit, actually.

If you’ve been following my blog and recipes, you’ll notice that I’m a HUGE fan of oyster mushrooms as vegan meat, or to replace meat when possible.

I not only love the taste of oyster mushrooms but also find them to be extremely delicious and versatile in vegan cooking.

In my recipe you’ll notice I used oyster mushrooms, but you could also use jackfruit, or even a mix of both just like I do in my tamales verdes. Read the full recipe below for more information.

Raw Pepitas for Green Pozole

Ingredients for Pozole Verde

The ingredients for green pozole aren’t complicated and you should be able to find them at just about any grocery store or Latin food market.

  • tomatillos
  • jalapeños or Serranos for a spicier pozole
  • garlic
  • onion
  • poblano peppers
  • pepitas or pumpkin seeds
  • ground cumin
  • Mexican oregano
  • salt
  • vegetable broth
  • cilantro
  • fresh epazote
  • olive oil
  • oyster mushrooms (or prepared jackfruit)
  • granulated garlic
  • hominy
How to Make Vegan Pozole Verde

How to Make Vegan Pozole Verde

First you need to decide if you’re want to use oyster mushrooms or jackfruit for your pozole verde.

If you choose jackfruit, make sure to prepare it just as stated on my How to Prepare Jackfruit post. Once you have that you can proceed with the recipe.

  • Roast the tomatillos, jalapenos, garlic, onion, poblano peppers on a comal or under the broiler. Keep an eye on the garlic so it doesn’t burn.
  • Toast the pepitas or pumpkin seeds on a dry pan without oil.
  • Place the roasted vegetables in a blender with 1/2 cup of vegetable broth and blend until smooth.
  • Pour in another 1/2 cup of broth into the blender, add the toasted pepitas, herbs and salt and blend until completely smooth.
  • Shred or pull apart the oyster mushrooms.
  • Heat up the olive oil in a very large pot and sauté mushrooms until soft and a little crispy. Season with some granulated garlic.
  • Pour in the salsa over the mushrooms and mix until well combined.
  • Pour in the remaining vegetable broth, then add the hominy and mix well.
  • Simmer over medium-low heat for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
  • Taste the pozole and adjust seasonings. If adding more seasonings cook another 10 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and sides.

Pozole Verde with Oyster Mushrooms

As you see above, to make pozole verde with oyster mushrooms we need to pull apart into strands. Then sauté with a little oil and granulated garlic.

Don’t add salt to them so they crisp up a bit.

If you don’t have oyster mushrooms you can use King oyster mushrooms or even regular button mushrooms or cremini work great too.

Pozole Verde with Jackfruit

Once you have prepared your jackfruit you can add it to the pot then pour in the salsa verde and the rest of the recipe is the same.

Some people like to sauté the jackfruit instead, it’s up to you.

Toppings for Pozole Verde

Toppings

You can add any of your favorite toppings to vegan pozole verde. Below are some suggestions to choose from.

  • shredded lettuce or cabbage
  • finely chopped white onion
  • sliced or chopped radish
  • dried Mexican oregano
  • lime juice
  • avocado either slices or chopped
  • Mexican crema

I like to add any of these toppings depending on what I have at home.

Vegan Pozole Verde Recipe

How to Serve Vegan Pozole Verde

Besides the toppings — don’t skip them, you can serve your pozole with some crunchy tostadas.

I love to smear my tostadas for pozole with some homemade Mexican vegan crema. It’s so delicious and adds nice texture to the pozole meal.

In Mexico we don’t really serve much else with the pozole besides the toppings and tostadas. Nothing else is needed, really. But it’s up to you.

How To Make Pozole Oil Free

As you can see my recipe doesn’t require a whole lot of oil. But let me give you some tips.

For starters, the tostadas, instead of using the store bought ones take some corn tortillas and put them in the air fryer or oven until they crisp up.

The vegetable broth, you can use your own homemade or make sure to read the label for store bought.

To sauté the mushrooms you can skip the oil. Use your best non-stick pan to sauté them first then add to the pot and continue.

If you don’t have a good non-stick pan you can add a tiny splash of water to cook them in the pot. Just not too much so they don’t get soggy.

If you’re using jackfruit then you don’t have to worry because there’s no oil needed.

How to Cook This Recipe for Multiple Diets

Let me make it very clear that I am not suggesting you eat meat. So many of my followers live in homes with mixed dietary lifestyles (like I do) and they have asked me to add these tips to my recipes to make it easier on them when cooking.

When I make pozole verde my novio asks if I can add a meat to his. So what I do is boil the pork (just like how I prep the jackfruit) in a small pot. You want to reserve that broth.

Make the pozole green salsa just the same as above. Separate the meat eater’s portion of the salsa.

You can add the salsa and cooked meat to and a separate pot for them. Use the boiling broth instead of the vegetable broth. Cook and serve just the same as the vegan pozole.

How to Store Leftovers

Store pozole leftovers in the fridge for about 4 to 5 days, if you don’t eat it before that is!

Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

Freezer I wouldn’t freeze longer than 3 months, the hominy texture changes, it becomes a little mushy.

Is Pozole Healthy

Yes it is, specially when you make it vegan!

Vegan pozole is lower in calories, packed with nutrients and all the vegetables used to make the sauce and for topping make pozole even healthier.

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The Best Vegan Pozole Verde Recipe

Ok amigos below is the printable recipe card for my vegan pozole recipe. It’s so flavorful and I think you’ll agree that it’s the BEST vegan pozole recipe you’ll find.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.

Vegan Pozole Verde Recipe
Vegan Pozole Verde Recipe

Vegan Pozole Verde Recipe (Two Ways)

Nancy Lopez & MexicanMadeMeatless.com
Vegan pozole verde is a hearty Mexican hominy stew made with a tomatillo based green salsa and toasted pepitas or pumpkin seeds. It’s easy to make and you can use either jackfruit or oyster mushrooms.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican, Vegan Mexican Recipe
Servings 6 servings
Calories 200 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb tomatillos peeled and rinsed
  • 3 whole jalapeños stem removed (Serranos for a spicier pozole)
  • 4 whole garlic cloves
  • 1/2 small white onion
  • 2 medium poblano peppers stem removed
  • 1/4 cups pepitas or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano adjust to taste
  • 1.5 Teaspoons salt adjust to taste
  • 10 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch cilantro 1 large handful
  • 10 leaves fresh epazote
  • 1 lb. oyster mushrooms or two 20 oz cans young green jackfruit
  • 30 oz hominy rinsed (adjust to taste)

Toppings

  • shredded lettuce or cabbage
  • sliced radishes
  • limes
  • Mexican oregano
  • Mexican vegan crema
  • tostadas

Instructions
 

  • Roast the tomatillos, jalapenos, garlic, onion, poblano peppers on a comal or under the broiler. Keep an eye on the garlic so it doesn’t burn.
    What is Green Pozole Made With
  • Toast the pepitas or pumpkin seeds on a dry pan without oil.
    Raw Pepitas for Green Pozole
  • Place the roasted vegetables in a blender with 1/2 cup of vegetable broth and blend until smooth.
    How to Make Vegan Pozole Verde
  • Pour in another 1/2 cup of broth into the blender, add the toasted pepitas, herbs and salt and blend until completely smooth.
  • Shred or pull apart the oyster mushrooms.
    Vegan Pozole Verde with Mushrooms
  • In a very large pot, heat up the olive oil and sauté mushrooms until soft and a little crispy. Season with some granulated garlic.
  • Pour in the salsa over the mushrooms and mix until well combined. Pour in the remaining vegetable broth, then add the hominy and mix well. Simmer over medium-low heat for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
  • Taste the pozole and adjust seasonings. If adding more seasonings cook another 10 minutes.
    Vegan Pozole Verde Recipe
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and sides.
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Notes

  • Please notice that the nutritional information will differ depending on what toppings you used and how much of them. Additional if you use jackfruit instead of mushrooms.
  • Pozole Verde with Jackfruit

    Once you have prepared your jackfruit according to my instructions from this recipe, you can add it to the pot then pour in the salsa verde and the rest of the recipe is the same.
    Some people like to sauté the jackfruit instead, it’s up to you.

Nutrition

Serving: 6servingsCalories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 7gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.002gSodium: 2663mgPotassium: 662mgFiber: 8gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1212IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 3mg
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