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Leftover Carnitas Soup
with hominy / chayote / cabbage

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min
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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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Serving Size: 1 serving
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 22 reviews

Super quick to make, loved the spice level! Thanks for introducing me to hominy!

By: Zoey
Posted: Feb 19, 2019
Diet: Original

This was good, and SO quick to make with the prep done in advance! I added some extra salsa and hot sauce to mine and thought it had a good flavor. Thanks for the useful sub suggestions in the recipe - I was able to find poblano peppers but not chayote, and it was great that I didn't have to puzzle over what to use instead.

By: Melissa
Posted: Feb 19, 2019
Diet: Original

We found this surprisingly bland. It wasn't bad, just not much flavor. I did try a different stock than usual so perhaps that was the culprit.

By: Nicole
Posted: Feb 19, 2019
Diet: Original

Delicious, and as with all soups made out of leftovers, easy to make.

By: Yana
Posted: Feb 19, 2019
Diet: Original

OMG... this is SO good! I will definitely make this again.

By: Amanda
Posted: Feb 19, 2019
Diet: Original

Simple and the lime adds great flavor.

By: Jaclyn
Posted: Feb 19, 2019
Diet: Original