Butternut Squash Posole


Posole is a Mexican soup seasoned with chili powder and hominy. For this version, we've swapped out half of the usual amount of hominy for tender pieces of squash.

Butternut Squash Posole
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
11 cups


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ½ pound skinless bone-in chicken thighs

  • 3 stalks celery, sliced

  • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 6 cup reduced sodium chicken broth

  • 1 15 ounce can white hominy, rinsed and drained

  • 1 ½ pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks

  • 3 cup chopped kale or chard

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Sliced radishes (optional)

  • Lime wedges (optional)


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Drain all but 1 tablespoon drippings from the Dutch oven.

  2. Add the celery, onion, and garlic to the Dutch oven; cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the oregano, chili powder, and cumin; cook and stir for 30 seconds.

  3. Add the broth, chicken, squash, kale and hominy to the Dutch oven. Bring to boiling, reduce heat to medium and simmer until chicken is cooked through and squash is tender, 18 to 20 minutes.

  4. Remove chicken; cut into cubes. Return chicken to pot. Stir in the cilantro, salt, and pepper. Divide among bowls and top with sliced radishes and lime wedges, if desired. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Buying and Storing

You'll find squash in a variety of sizes and colors ranging from yellow to camel. Choose firm squash that are heavy for their size. Avoid those with soft spots. Store in a cool, dry, dark place for up to 1 month. Once cut, store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

190 Calories
5g Fat
23g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 190
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 859mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 48.4mg 242%
Calcium 121.2mg 9%
Iron 2.5mg 14%
Potassium 749mg 16%
Folate, total 48.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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