Super-Simple White Bean Posole

Having grown up in the south, I’m a huge hominy fan, and since the Mexican-inspired soup posole features hominy, I’ve published a couple of different recipes for it over the years. I developed my first posole recipe back in 2014 for Three Many Cooks, my daughters’ and my food blog we loved working on for nearly six years. It was a simple recipe, but it started with cooking fresh tomatillos and pureeing them in a food processor before making the soup.  By 2018, I had figured out how to sub in a sixteen-ounce jar of salsa verde for the tomatillos and chopped jalapenos.

Now, as a Planetarian in 2023, I’m using white beans for the rotisserie chicken. This new iteration is marvelous and incredibly simple. So, if you’re on the hunt for a hearty and flavorful vegetarian dish, look no further than this delicious Super Simple White Bean Posole, a celebration of vibrant flavors and textures.

Salsa Verde Kickstart

The star of this Super-Simple White Bean Posole is the zesty salsa verde. Made from tomatillos, cilantro, jalapeños, and garlic, this sauce provides a tangy and spicy punch that elevates the entire meal, providing intense flavor.

Hominy: The Heart of Posole

Hominy, hulled and dried maize kernels, is a hallmark of traditional posole. In this vegetarian version, it adds a satisfying chew and hearty corn flavor. It’s a gluten-free, high-fiber ingredient that keeps you full and content.

White Beans for Creaminess

White beans are a creamy, protein-rich addition to this dish. They provide a delightful contrast to the chewy hominy and enhance the overall texture. They’re a great source of plant-based protein and dietary fiber.

Balancing Boldness and Comfort

This plant-rich posole is a balance of bold and comforting elements. The salsa verde’s boldness is perfectly mellowed by the beans and hominy, creating a harmonious symphony of flavors. It’s a great way to satisfy both adventurous foodies and those seeking a classic, filling meal.

Health Benefits Galore

The dish is not just delicious; it’s packed with health benefits. It’s gluten-free, and brimming with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants, and if you use vegetable broth, it’s vegan, making it a perfect choice for a nutritious meal.

Get Cooking!

This Super Simple White Bean Posole is a celebration of flavors, health, and culinary tradition. It’s the perfect choice for anyone looking for a satisfying, meatless meal with a Mexican twist. Whether you’re a food enthusiast, a health-conscious eater, or a casual cook, this dish ticks all the boxes and is worth sharing with friends and family.

Super-Simple White Bean Posole

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Recipe Notes

*Two cans each of white beans and hominy is a bit skimpy and three cans each is a little much, so use two cans of one and then take your pick—the bean or the hominy—and use three cans of that one. Serve with tortilla chips and lime wedges.


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium-large onion, cut into medium dice
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 quart broth, your choice
  • 1 jar (16-ounces) salsa verde
  • *2 to 3 cans white beans (15 to 16 ounces each), drained
  • *2 to 3 cans hominy (15 to 16 ounces each), drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • Heat oil in a soup kettle over medium-high heat. Add onions; sauté until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add cumin and oregano; continue to cook until fragrant, a minute or so longer. Add broth, salsa, beans, and hominy; simmer to blend flavors, about 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro; taste and adjust seasonings. Serve.

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