Pulled Pork Enchilada Soup

You’re like, “Hold on wait what did you just say?”

Yes, ma’am. That is a shredded pork shoulder all up in a rich but simple enchilada soup. It happened, and I need you to know about it.

Plus! Let’s count the ingredients. I’ll do it, you refill your coffee.

Okay, eight if we combine the spices. Eleven if not. Twelve if we count salt, but we won’t. Thirteen if we count the tortilla wedges you’ll see later on, but we won’t. Fourteen if we count your upper torso, which we probably should.

Overall, our goal is spectacularly shredded pork in a velvety soup laced with enchilada flavors and textures. Which you’ll see is bonkers achieved.

First up, just combine the cumin, chili, onion and garlic powders in a little bowl. Plus some salt. Don’t forget that.

ALSO, I trimmed all the huge chunks of excess fat off. I know that’s a scandalous move according to some purists. But dude, I cannot handle a wiggly bite in my soup. Nope. Nerp. Hard pass. I do realize that some fat renders out and becomes nothing but rich flavor, which I’m here for. But some chunks do not, and instead become blobby blorbs of blech. Trim that ish off.

Sear it! I went three minutes per side. Four sides in all. Nothing to complain about.

And what you’ll do is add a cup of chicken stock, and slide the pot into a 300-degree oven for . . . oh, three to three and a half hours. You’ll turn or gently flip it every hour or so, until it’s shreddable, pullable, lusciousable, insert your faceable.

Like that. ^ Go ahead and put one of those charred chunks in your mouth hole right now. No one’s looking. (except me)

Then ya add the enchi sauce. Two cans. Dump ’em in. With reckless abandon.

Then pour the remaining stock in.

Now HERE we’re at a crossroads. Scarecrow style. We can go this way, or we can go that way. Or we can go both ways! Probably not though.

It involves the hominy. I threw it on a sheetpan and broiled it for about ten minutes, wanting to see if it charred up like corn does. Well, it doesn’t. Not really. However, instead of a char, it does get crispy. Definitely some fun texture. So if you want, broil it! It not, just dump the cans of hominy right in after the stock.

You can also toast some flour tortillas if you have the time. Chips are marvelous, too.

Look at that. I just needed to show you the shredded-i-ness of the soup before I cry so hard I’m unable to type.

It’s a rich soup. It is. The pork depth and the velvety enchilada sauce, the toasted corn flavor of the hominy. It’s all there. Be sure and squeeze in some fresh lime juice to wake it up and give it some brightness. Never skimp on that. It makes all the difference in the world.

It’s a brilliant soup! So much comfort and depth of flavor. And honestly, was it that hard? Naaaaw.

The garnishes can be whatever you want. I went with crumbled queso fresco, thinly sliced onion, and plenty of torn cilantro. Everyone will go absolutely crazy over this.

And ya know, swap in shredded chicken for a slightly lighter take! This is your life, bruh.

Make. This. Happen.

Pulled Pork Enchilada Soup
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Ingredients

  • 3 pound pork shoulder, excess fat trimmed
  • 1 Tbs. cumin
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs. onion powder
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. coarse salt
  • 2 (10 oz) cans mild red enchilada sauce
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans white or yellow hominy, drained and rinsed
  • Cilantro, queso fresco, lime, thinly sliced red onion, and toasted tortillas (or chips) for garnishes

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Mix it together with a small spoon and pat the spice mix all over the pork.
  3. Heat a large pot over medium high. Add the oil, letting it swirl around the pan. Sear the pork in the hot oil for three minutes, rotating three more times, each side getting a three-minute sear. Look at that crust! Add one cup of chicken stock, place the lid on the pot, and let the pork cook in the oven for three to three and a half hours. At each hour, give the pork a gentle flip or a wiggle (sorry), to ensure even cooking. After three-ish hours, shred the pork right in the pot, using two forks. It should fall apart all over itself. Now add the remaining three cups stock, plus the two cans enchilada sauce.
  4. Turn the oven off, and flip a burner to a medium heat. Let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes, letting the flavors marry.
  5. In the meantime, I toasted some flour tortillas over an open flame until charred, and cut them into wedges. Chips are completely fine. Also, I broiled the canned hominy for about ten minutes, to see if they would get a nice char. They didn’t, but they did crisp up a little, which added some fun texture in the soup. You can do this, or just dump the rinsed hominy into the soup when it simmers. Up to you!
  6. Taste the soup. WOW. Need another pinch of salt? Add some lime juice, that will completely wake it up. Garnish with plenty of cilantro, thinly sliced red onion and crumbed queso fresco.
  7. Done.
  8. Get in that.
  9. Serves 4-6!
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8 Responses to Pulled Pork Enchilada Soup

  1. Sabrina January 26, 2021 at 7:51 pm #
    I'm in! Kinda like a chili, maybe a cousin to a chili, and I love all chilis, but even if not technically I love these ingredients, so thank you!
  2. 2048 January 27, 2021 at 2:25 am #
    Brilliant soup!
  3. Lisa Sangineto January 27, 2021 at 12:26 pm #
    Kinda like pasole. I'm so making this
  4. Kristi Hickman January 30, 2021 at 9:04 pm #
    I made this for dinner tonight, and it was absolutely delicious! A true home run-thank you for the recipe!
  5. Leah February 1, 2021 at 10:57 am #
    This recipe is delicious! Made it yesterday / last night and loved how simple (hands off, even though it takes a little planning) and flavorful it was. I'm looking forward to leftovers for an upcoming breakfast with an egg on top, and thinking next time I may try it with green enchilada sauce. Thank you Bev, this recipe is a keeper!!

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