This jackfruit vegan pozole is a hearty, spicy, and satisfying soup. It is an adaptation of my grandmother's recipe, perfect for the holidays

Pozole is a hearty, spicy, satisfying Mexican soup. It is said to be a hangover cure, which I cannot confirm, but it is certainly a special occasion dish and is often served on Christmas and New Year’s. There are three varieties most commonly served: rojo, verde y blanco. Traditionally pozole is made with pork shank, trotters and shoulder, but of course, this will no longer work for us, so I have created this jackfruit vegan pozole rojo recipe just for you.

This jackfruit vegan pozole is a hearty, spicy, and satisfying soup. It is an adaptation of my grandmother's recipe, perfect for the holidays

This is an adaptation of my grandmother’s famous recipe. Every Christmas for as long as I can remember my grandmother would make two of the biggest pots of pozole and menudo I have ever seen. The adults would salivate over it, talk about how good it was going to be, and would go over to the kitchen and stir the pots to see how much longer it would be until they finally had their pozole. One year I decided I was going to see what the big deal was, and I waited until the kitchen was empty. Then I went over to the pot and grabbed the ginormous ladle. I gave the whole thing a stir and almost fainted and threw up all over myself at the same time! (I must have been about 8 yrs. old.) When I stirred the pot a couple of pork trotters rose up to surface and I swear I saw a pig snout, but I might of imagined that. After that, it took me years to give pozole a try, but I eventually became one of those salivating adults waiting for the pozole to be done each Christmas.

This jackfruit vegan pozole is a hearty, spicy, and satisfying soup. It is an adaptation of my grandmother's recipe, perfect for the holidays

Now that I no longer eat meat it was only natural that I made a vegan version of this dish. Originally, I was going to make this with mushrooms instead of jackfruit, since I know jackfruit is not easily accesible to many. However, when I went to the grocery store I discovered that here in Hawaii button mushrooms are $8.00 a pound! I quickly decided instead to pay about $5 for two cans of green jackfruit. I am so happy with the result and I know you will be too. It is just as I remember it, so deeply satisfying.

This jackfruit vegan pozole is a hearty, spicy, and satisfying soup. It is an adaptation of my grandmother's recipe, perfect for the holidays

The Recipe: Jackfruit Vegan Pozole Rojo

I have used canned hominy to speed things up, but if you have access to dried hominy you can use that instead. (Dried hominy takes about 2 hours to cook.) Pozole is all about the toppings. Serve with dried oregano, diced white onion, lime wedges, sliced radishes, and shredded cabbage. My grandma used to serve a salsa macha on the side as well for the ones who wanted more heat. Here is a recipe from Mexico in my Kitchen that is very similar to my grandma’s, only she used chile piquín instead of árbol. Enjoy!

This jackfruit vegan pozole is a hearty, spicy, and satisfying soup. It is an adaptation of my grandmother's recipe, perfect for the holidays

This jackfruit vegan pozole is a hearty, spicy, and satisfying soup. It is an adaptation of my grandmother's recipe, perfect for the holidays
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Jackfruit Vegan Pozole Rojo

Vegan Jackfruit Pozole Rojo, a spicy soup made with dried chiles, hominy, jackfruit, and veggies. 
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Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: jackfruit, vegan pozole
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Dora Stone


  • 1 can (29 oz.) White hominy, drained, rinsed
  • 3 quarts Vegetable Stock
  • 5 Chile guajillo, dried, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 Chile ancho, dried, stemmed and seeded
  • 5 Chile de árbol, dried, stemmed and seeded
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • ½ Onion, white
  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil (optional)
  • 2 cans (20oz./ea) Young green jackfruit brine, drained
  • 1 Zucchini, medium, cut into dice


  • 1 White onion, small, minced
  • 6 Red radishes, sliced into batons
  • 2 tbsp. Oregano, dried
  • ½ Green cabbage, cored, thinly sliced
  • 4 Limes cut into quarters
  • 1 bag Corn chips or tostadas


  • In a large pot, combine the vegetable stock and hominy and bring to a LOW simmer.
  • While the hominy is simmering, remove stems and seeds from the chile ancho, arbol, and guajillo. Rinse and place in a medium pot with water.
  • Bring pot to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 min.
  • Drain chiles, but reserve 1 ½ cups of the chile water. Place chiles, garlic and onion in the blender, add the chile water and blend until smooth. Strain.
  • To prepare the jackfruit, drain the jackfruit, rinse, and pat with paper towels. Cut out the core of the jackfruit (tip of the triangle pieces), and cut pieces in half. Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a large sauté pan set to medium heat. Add the jackfruit and cook for 3 -4 minutes on each side or until it begins to brown. Pour the chile sauce over the jackfruit and reduce heat to low-medium. Simmer for 10 minutes or until jackfruit begins to break down and the sauce has thickened slightly. Use a fork to shred the jackfruit as it cooks down. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Your hominy should still be simmering very slowly. Scoop out one cup of the hominy-vegetable stock mixture and blend until smooth. Pour this back into the pot with the hominy
  • Raise heat to medium-low, and add the zucchini and shredded jackfruit with sauce. Let simmer for 8- 10 minutes or until the zucchini is tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  • Serve your pozole with all of the toppings on the side.



If you don’t have access to jackfruit you can use 2lbs. of mixed mushrooms or soy curls instead. You can substitute the zucchini with chayote with excellent results. If you like your pozole really spicy serve it with this salsa macha from Mexico in my Kitchen
Tried this recipe?Mention @dorastable or tag #mexicangonevegan!


32 replies
  1. lili
    lili says:

    Wow! I was just thinking I wanted Pozole with this windy weather. Thank you so much you Vegan Genius You! I think my husband and I are going to love this.

    • dorastable
      dorastable says:

      HI Michael,

      They are dried chiles, and you can usually find them in the store depending on where you live.

  2. Ruth
    Ruth says:

    Made this tonight and am blown away by how good it is. I used an extra can of hominy and chayote squash instead of zuchinni. Kids, husband wiped out the entire pot! So, so good!!

    • dorastable
      dorastable says:

      Thank Ruth! I’m glad you guys liked it. Using chayote is such a great idea. I will add it to the recipe notes.

  3. lili
    lili says:

    Have you tried making this with an electric pressure cooker? I don’t have Jackfruit on hand, would Soy Curls or the like work in this recipe?

  4. lili
    lili says:

    Made this last night. Substituted Soy Curls in place of Jackfruit because it was what I had at hand. It hit the spot after craving it for too long…. ever since I seen your post. Thank you Happy hubby :)

    BTW have you thought about trying your hand at Espinazo Soup?… Another of my Favorite soups. You’re pretty talented, I bet you’d impress us again.

    • dorastable
      dorastable says:

      Hi lili, I’m glad it worked out with the soy curls. I have only tried with the jackfruit or mushrooms. I will add a note about the soy curls to the recipe!

  5. Etta Rodriguez
    Etta Rodriguez says:

    Just made this tonight.. I decided to add a couple extra chile de árbol and woo it was spicy. I’m gonna add a few less next time ? I’ve been vegan for a few weeks. My husband is Guatemalan so instead of learning how to make my normal dishes vegan I’m trying to learn how to make more Hispanic dishes. I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your website! My husband doesn’t want to be vegan (yet ?), but every dish that I make that he eats is a little healthier for the whole family and better for the earth :)

    • dorastable
      dorastable says:

      Chiles de arbol are pretty hot!! My husband isn’t vegan either, but I agree that even is it’s a couple of meals a week it benefits every one.

    • Dora S.
      Dora S. says:

      The tips are the core of the jackfruit, it is more fibrous in texture than the rest of the jackfruit. You can still eat it it will just be not as tender.

  6. Teresa Torres
    Teresa Torres says:

    I absolutely love this recipe. I am a Mexican vegan and I have been missing Mexican food so much. I love this pozole; it tastes like regular pork posole. Even my husband, a non-vegan, ate two bowls the first day! The next time I make it I’m doubling the recipe. Thank you so much for such a delicious recipe.

  7. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    This recipe was delicious. I am new to plant base and was looking for some Mexican food recipes. I will definitely be making this again.

  8. Monica
    Monica says:

    Usually when I make pozole I separate some hominy for me in sauce. Well this time I made this version and my kids and husband love it. They are transitioning vegan plant based! I look forward to looking for more of your recipes.

  9. Inez de Ocio
    Inez de Ocio says:

    Delicious! I’ve been using this recipe for two years now, I have to triple this recipe because it tastes even better the second day.

  10. Rosina Alessi
    Rosina Alessi says:

    So glad I found your site!!! I’m a vegan chef and I’m organizing theme private dinners. One is Mexican and here I found incredible inspiration!!! Thank you! I’m in India and not sure if I’ll find hominy. Is there any substitute you recommend?

  11. Jes
    Jes says:

    Just had to leave a review to help with the stars showing on google. It says only like six 5 stars, but it should have hundreds of 5 stars. VERY DELICIOUS.

  12. Nikki
    Nikki says:

    This recipe sounds super delicious! But has anyone used fresh jackfruit? Every recipe I’ve found with jackfruit says canned.

  13. Vernon Grepman
    Vernon Grepman says:

    Incredible recipe, Dora. I threw in some oyster mushrooms instead of Zucchini and love love love the texture


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