po·​so·​le pō-ˈsō-(ˌ)lā How to pronounce posole (audio)
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: a thick soup chiefly of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest made with pork, hominy, garlic, and chili

Examples of posole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And try the posole in the spring for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Aug. 2023 Among them are many foods often already sold, albeit illegally, outside stores and in parking lots, such as tamales, empanadas, pupusas and posole. Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2023 On a chilly, stormy day at Wendling Vineyard, Romelia Fernandez ladles hot posole from an enormous cauldron into colorful ceramic bowls. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Apr. 2023 So a piping-hot stew looks like a traditional kimchi jjigae when the roiling broth arrives at the table, but then along comes a plate of avocado, radish and fresh cilantro that would normally accompany Mexican posole. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 29 Dec. 2022 Besides all the standard Sonora-type fare, Rosa’s has terrific flat enchiladas with savory green sauce, excellent posole (pork or chicken, your choice), healthy salads — the fish salad is topped with a large grilled filet — and so much more. Amy Wong, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 Allow the posole to simmer in the slow cooker, and come dinner time, you'll be treated to fork-tender pork inside an ultra-savory stew. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Sep. 2022 Authentic New Mexican enchiladas, green chili stew or posole (traditional Mexican stew) and burritos, accompanied by homemade flour tortillas, are served from 5 AM until 12 AM, seven days a week across the street from the University of New Mexico. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 2 May 2022 The ocean flavor of Dungeness meets earthy hominy in this twist on the Mexican soup posole, from chef Aniedra Nichols of Elway’s Cherry Creek restaurant in Denver. Sunset Magazine, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History


Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl pozolli, from the base of pozōn- boil, be covered with foam

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of posole was in 1931

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“Posole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posole. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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