Big Sky Cafe vegetarian pozole

Time3 hours 30 minutes
YieldsServes 10 to 12
Big Sky Cafe vegetarian pozole
(Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)
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Pozole, a wonderfully flavorful Mexican stew, is normally made with pork, but the Big Sky’s vegetarian version has a rich chile-infused tomatillo and tomato base. For breakfast, the cafe departs deliciously from tradition and serves it over cornbread with a poached egg on top.

From the story: Pozole with tomato twang


Soak each color of pozole corn overnight in separate bowls of water.


Drain the pozole corn. Place each color of corn in a separate medium saucepan and add enough water to each to cover. Add 2 tablespoons baking soda to each pot. Bring both to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 2 hours, or until tender, adding more water as needed and skimming foam from the surface. Drain off the cooking water and rinse the corn.


While the pozole is cooking, soak the dried chiles in hot water. When soft, remove the seeds and dice.


In a separate stock pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin and coriander and cook until the onions are translucent.


Add the tomatoes, tomatillos, diced chiles, vegetable stock and cooked pozole corn. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer about 1 1/2 hours. The stew is done when the corn is cooked through.


Add the lime juice, cilantro and salt and pepper to taste.


Spoon the pozole into bowls and garnish with queso fresco, toasted pumpkin seeds and the remaining cilantro.

Adapted from the Big Sky Cafe in San Luis Obispo.

Dried pozole corn is available in Latino markets.