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Leftover Carnitas Soup
with hominy / chayote / cabbage

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

With carnitas made earlier in the week, this soup has many different textures and flavors.
Smarts: Store-bought salsa is an easy way to build another layer of flavor into the soup. Be sure to use a salsa that is mild if you prefer less spice.



Leftover Carnitas Soup:
  • Chayote squash - 8 oz, chopped (sub zucchini)
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Peppers, poblanos - 1, diced (sub green bell pepper)
  • Jalapenos (opt) - 1, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Hominy - 1 1/2 cups, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 5 cups
  • Slow-cooker carnitas (leftover from Monday) - ~3 cups
  • Coleslaw mix - 10 oz
  • Salsa, store-bought - 1/2 cup
  • Cilantro - 1/4 bunch, chopped
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
  • Hot sauce (opt) - to taste
  • Sour cream (opt) - for serving

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Chayote / Onions / Poblanos / Jalapenos / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store chayote in one container. Combine onions, poblanos, jalapenos, and garlic in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Hominy - Drain and rinse.


  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil and then onions, poblanos, jalapenos, and garlic. Saute until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add chayote, hominy, and stock. Bring to a simmer.
  3. When soup is simmering, stir in carnitas, coleslaw mix, and salsa.
  4. Simmer until chayote and coleslaw are tender, ~10 minutes.
  5. While soup simmers, chop cilantro.
  6. Remove soup from heat and stir in lime juice. Season with some salt and pepper. If you’d like the soup spicier, stir in some hot sauce.
  7. Divide soup between bowls and top with sour cream and cilantro. Enjoy!

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This meal has 33 reviews

Preferred the bowl more than the soup, but this was still good!

By: Taylor
Posted: Jul 05, 2019
Diet: Original

Delicious and easy!

By: Barbara
Posted: Mar 16, 2019
Diet: Original

So good!

By: Kimberly
Posted: Mar 14, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Vegetarian didn’t like it, could be soyrizo problem. Paleo liked it better than the original carnitas!

By: Caitlin
Posted: Mar 12, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Good use of leftover carnitas.

By: Sundi
Posted: Mar 09, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Tasty and easy. Thought it wasn’t quite spicy enough night 1, but the leftovers were perfect.

By: Danielle
Posted: Feb 28, 2019
Diet: Original