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Vegan Red Pozole (hominy stew)

The traditional "Pozole" cannot be omitted from the list of the most representative soups of Mexican cuisine. Pozole is a soup of pre-Hispanic origin that is nowadays prepared in its most traditional version with pork and cacahuazintle corn. Given that more and more people are opting for a vegan or vegetarian diet and that Mexican food can be perfectly adapted to it, we developed this recipe to prepare "Vegan Pozole". The characteristic flavors of the different chiles and the exotic vegetable ingredients, such as cacahuazintle corn, turn this creation into a true option to enjoy this dish even without adding meat in its preparation.

Ingredients:

300 grams of oyster mushrooms
3 liters of homemade vegetable broth or 1 tablespoon of vegetable broth concentrate and 3 liters of water
1 can of 830gr of Cacahuazintle corn (Hominy)
2 guajillo chiles
2 pasilla chiles
2 ancho chiles
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 medium onion
1/2 tsp. oregano
Salt, to taste
Oil for frying (as needed)
Toppings:
1 medium iceberg lettuce
6 large radishes
1/2 medium onion
Dried oregano
Limes
Corn tostadas

Preparation:

1. Drain and rinse the hominy, place it in a large pot and add 3 liters of vegetable broth. As soon as it boils, lower the temperature and simmer, covered, for about 1 hour.
2. Clean the mushrooms with a basting brush and remove any remaining impurities with a damp cloth. Pull the cleaned mushrooms into strips.
3. Sear the mushrooms with some oil in a very hot frying pan. Be sure to do this a little at a time so that the mushrooms are well browned. The garlic cloves can also be roasted at this step. Set aside.
4. Clean the chiles, removing seeds and stem.
5. Soak the chiles in some of the broth until softened (5 to 10 minutes).
6. Now puree them together with the roasted garlic, onion, oregano and some broth in which the chilies were soaked. Strain to obtain a smooth paste.
7. Heat a bit of oil in a small saucepan and sauté the strained chili sauce. Season with salt and let simmer until it has thickened and changed color (about 10 minutes). If it is too thick, add some of the hot broth.
8. Stir the resulting sauce into the boiling broth. Be careful not to add it all at once, but gradually, so that you can season the broth to taste.
9. Let the broth simmer until the corn softens and the kernels pop. This process can take another 30 to 40 minutes. Add a little boiling water if necessary
10. Add the seared mushrooms and let cook for another 10 minutes.
11. Meanwhile, finely chop lettuce, onion and radishes and set aside to serve.
12. Season the pozole with salt and serve with freshly ground piquín chile, lettuce, white onions, radishes, Mexican oregano and quartered lemons. Hand tostadas (crispy baked or deep-fried corn tortillas) with it and enjoy.

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