10 Favorite Places for Pozole in Greater Phoenix

Pozole (pronounced poh-SOH-lay) just might be the ideal Mexican comfort food.

Enjoyed nearly everywhere in Mexico and throughout the American Southwest, the hearty meat broth, laced with chile and enhanced with hominy (essentially dried maize kernels soaked in lime) boasts several variations. Most feature pork garnished with shredded lettuce, onion, radishes, oregano, and sometimes chicarron (fried pork skin), chile, and tostadas.

And the soup's color -- red, white, or green (pozole rojo, pozole blanco, o pozole verde) -- depends upon the color of the ingredients used. Namely, the color of the corn and peppers.

But the best part of pozole may be the many ways in which it can be prepared. From the traditional, to the more modern, to all-out gourmet, no two places prepare it exactly the same way.

Now get those spoons ready. Here are 10 of our favorites.

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Jamie Peachey

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

The contemporary, downtown vibe may be one reason to visit this new urban gathering place on the second floor of the Hotel Palomar at CityScape, but chef Stephen Jones serves up another: his version of pozole. What may be the best dish on the menu, this heady, sweet-and-smoky concoction features tender Ancho chile braised pork neck, cabbage, hominy, avocado, and pickled red onion topped with a fried egg and toasted bread for soppin' nestled in a jet-black iron pan.

Los Taquitos Mexican Grill

The Ochoa sisters, who own these two cheerful Mexican diners (one in Phoenix and one in Ahwatukee), use family recipes and fresh ingredients for their delicious dishes -- like their red pozole. With a flavorful broth and tender pork, this good-size portion satisfies, especially with fresh accompaniments and tasty tortillas on the side.

The Mission

Chef Matt Carter's sophisticated spot of modern Latin cuisine in Scottsdale might mean shaking the piggy bank for some extra coin, but the culinary journey is worth it -- especially for his take on pozole. Carter makes his version of the popular Mexican soup with luscious smoked pork, red chile, hominy, avocado, lime, and corn tortillas for a highly flavorful start to an exceptional meal.

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