Last weekend the temperatures dropped here in the Midwest. It was unseasonably chilly and it definitely didn’t feel like it was almost June! With such a dip in temperatures, I was left craving something a little more heartier and comforting. I looked at the pantry to see if I had anything to create some sort of soup or stew without having to go to the store. I found some of my favorite pantry staples that I have mentioned quite a bit here on the blog: canned hominy, white onions, garlic, fire-roasted tomatoes, and some leftover Field Roast Mexican Chorizo from when I made the Vegan Latin Rice with Chorizo that I shared earlier this week. I knew that with these pantry staples and a few basic spices, I could create a delicious and comforting soup for this chilly weather.
Well I did intend to make a soup, but it turned out more like a stew. This usually happens to me because I prefer a chunkier type of soup. You can always add in more vegetable broth if you prefer more broth.
This soup is relatively easy and comes together without too much work. I like to thicken stews and chili with a little masa harina. When the soup is almost done, in a small bowl add 2 tablespoons of the masa harina, which you can find in most grocery stores these days, and 3-4 tablespoons of water or vegetable broth. Mix together until the masa harina is mixed with the water. This adds a really nice corn flavor; perfect pairing with the hominy.
For a little brightness, I topped the stew with Mexican Oregano that has been crushed between your fingers. I learned this from eating Posole in Mexico. When the Posole is brought out to you, a jar of dried Mexican Oregano is served along side. You take a little bit of the oregano and crush it between your fingers over the soup/stew. The crushed Mexican oregano adds a bright and citrusy note to the stew.
This Chorizo and Hominy Stew is a great use of pantry staples and is easy to prepare. If you prefer a more liquid soup then a stew, add in 2 additional cups of broth.
Perfect when the weather is a little cooler!
If you prefer a more liquid soup then a stew, add in 2 additional cups of broth.