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This Vegan Pozole Rojo is one of our favorite recipes when we’re craving something hearty and comforting. It’s jam-packed with dried chiles, hominy, and red kidney beans, then simmered in a flavorful, vibrant broth. Top with tons of delicious, fresh toppings, and dig in!  

Vegan Pozole Rojo Mushrooms Red Beans

What is Pozole?

If you are new to pozole, you are in for a treat! Pozole is a traditional Mexican soup or stew that is commonly enjoyed for holidays or special occasions. It is perfectly layered with savory and spicy flavors plus has the perfect amount of texture from the toppings and the fillings. 

Traditional pozole is typically made with pork. I wanted to be able to replicate the texture of the meat with 100% plant-based ingredients so I opted for mushrooms.They have a great pork-like texture and bring a really nice flavor to the vegetarian pozole dish as well! 

Depending on the region, you may find varieties of red pozole, most commonly Vegan Pozole Verde (green pozole) or a Pozole Blanco (white pazole). 

Vegan Pozole Rojo Ingredients

Ingredients You’ll Need 

  • Dried chile peppers: Traditional pozole is commonly made with guajillo peppers and ancho peppers (poblano peppers). They’re mild to moderately spicy and have a deep, rich, smoky broth. For this recipe, you’ll need dried peppers. We find them at our local Mexican market, but can also be found in large chain grocery stores in the international aisle. Or, if needed, order dried guajillo peppers and ancho chile peppers online. 
  • Vegetable broth: We used our homemade vegetable broth, but any vegetable broth of choice will work. A vegan chicken broth is also another option – use what you have available to you. 
  • Onion + garlic: A simple base of sautéed onions and garlic starts the foundational flavor of this soup off right! For the best flavor, fresh cloves of garlic is recommended. 
  • Mushrooms: We used a blend of sliced shiitake and oyster mushrooms, but feel free to use any combo or mushroom type you prefer. 
  • Canned hominy: You’ll need one 25 ounce can of tender hominy kernels. This ingredient is another traditional ingredient in Mexican cooking and is easy to find at your local Mexican market. 
  • Beans: Red kidney beans are our favorite, but you can also use pinto beans or black beans. If you’re cooking the beans from dry, make sure to cook them before adding them to the flavorful broth. You’ll need about 1 1/2 cups of beans. 
  • Tomato paste: Adds additional boldness and richness. It also helps add a vibrant red color to the vegan pozole broth. 
  • Spices: A simple blend of Mexican oregano, cumin, bay leaves, and salt are all you need to season this Mexican stew to taste. 

Equipment Needed

Vegan Pozole Rojo Sauce

How to Make Vegan Pozole Rojo

If you want to make this Vegan Pozole recipe with us, we have a very in-depth tutorial on How To Make Pozole on our Youtube Channel

  1. Soak the dried chiles. In a large soup pot, bring 5 cups of water to a boil. While the water boils, cut the tops off of the guajillo chiles and ancho chiles and cut a slit down the sides. Discard the seeds, then place the chiles together in a large heat-safe bowl. Once boiling, pour the water over the peppers and allow the peppers to soak for 30 minutes. 
  2. Cook the onions and garlic. While the peppers soak, prepare the remainder of the soup. In a large pot, heat oil or vegetable broth over medium heat until warm. Add in the onions and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant. 
  3. Cook the mushrooms. Add in the sliced mushrooms and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are cooked down and softened. If needed, add additional broth to prevent the mushrooms from burning or sticking to the bottom of the pot. 
  4. Add broth. Add in the oregano, cumin, bay leaves, tomato paste, hominy, and a can of red beans. Stir well to combine. 
  5. Blend the chiles into a red sauce. Once the chile peppers have soaked for 30 minutes, transfer them along with the soaking liquid to a high-speed blender. Blend for 1 minute, or until really smooth. 
  6. Add the red sauce to the soup to taste. We like to add 3/4 of the red chile puree sauce into our soup mixture and serve the remaining on the side for everyone to season their own soup to taste with. The more you add, the more spicy the red pozole will be – adjust to taste. 
  7. Simmer the soup for 25 minutes. Once the red “pepper sauce” is added, bring the Mexican soup to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pot, and simmer the pozole for 20-25 more minutes.
  8. Serve. Remove the vegan pozole rojo from the heat and serve while hot with desired toppings. 
Vegan Pozole Rojo Ingredients

Serving Suggestions 

Vegan pozole is one of our favorite soups because of all of the good toppings! Here are a few of our favorite toppings to load on top of our soup: 

This vegan pozole soup is hearty enough to enjoy on it’s own, but it’s also delicious served with a few Mexican side dishes such as Easy Restaurant-Style Spanish Rice and Creamy Vegan Refried Beans.

Vegan Pozole Rojo Mushrooms Red Beans

Recipe FAQs

What is the difference between pozole and posole?

Pozole and posole refer to the same Mexican Hominy Stew. Depending on the region, you may find the soup spelled differently. 

Can I make this soup in the Instant Pot?

We haven’t tested a version of this soup cooked under high pressure, but if you don’t have a stovetop and want to make this Vegan Pozole Rojo recipe in the Instant Pot, you can do so using the “sauté” function as you would a stovetop burner. You’ll have less control over the temperature of the pot, but it will work! 

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes. This soup is gluten-free, vegan, and oil-free when the aromatics are sautéed in broth instead of a tablespoon of olive oil. 

Storage Instructions

Leftover vegan pozole soup will be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container. It also freezes well and can be frozen in a freezer-safe bag or jar for up to 3 months. If you are freezing this soup in a glass jar, such as a mason jar, make sure to keep the soup below the max fill line to prevent the jars from cracking. 

The next day, reheat leftover pozole on the stovetop or in the microwave until warmed through. 

Vegan Pozole Rojo Mushrooms Red Beans

More Vegan Mexican Recipes You May Enjoy: 

If you make this recipe, let us know what you think in the comments below! + If you post any photos on Instagram, make sure you tag us @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris so that we don’t miss it, we love seeing your photos!

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Vegan Pozole Rojo Mushrooms Red Beans

Vegan Pozole Rojo Recipe (Mexican Hominy Stew)

  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


This Vegan Pozole Rojo is one of our favorite recipes when we’re craving something hearty and comforting. It’s jam-packed with dried chiles, hominy, red kidney beans, then simmered in a flavorful, vibrant broth. Top with tons of delicious, fresh toppings and dig in! 



  • 5 cups water (for soaking the peppers)
  • 3 guajillo chiles
  • 2 ancho chiles
  • 2 quarts vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup finely diced white onion (1/2 medium onion)
  • 6 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 16 oz shiitake and oyster mushrooms, sliced (we used ½ of each but feel free to use any combo or mushroom type)
  • 1 (25 oz.) can hominy
  • 1 (15.25 oz.) can red kidney beans
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt, as needed

Serve with

  • Thinly sliced radish
  • Sliced limes
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Tortilla chips or strips
  • Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Diced red onion
  • Diced avocado
  • Vegan cheese (we use homemade parmesan)


  1. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil. In the meantime, cut the tops off of the peppers and slit them down the sides. Remove and discard the seeds. Transfer the pepper to a large heat-safe bowl and pour the boiling water over the peppers. Soak for 30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the remaining ingredients. In a large pot, add in a 2 tablespoons of vegetable broth. Once warmed, add in onions and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add in the sliced mushrooms and cook for 4-5 minutes more, or until cooked down and softened. You may need to add 2-3 additional tablespoons of vegetable broth as needed to prevent burning.
  4. Once the mushrooms have cooked down, add in the oregano, cumin, tomato paste, 2 bay leaves, hominy, and beans. Mix until uniform. Add in the remaining vegetable broth and mix through.
  5. Once the peppers have soaked for 30 minutes, transfer them with their soaking liquid to a high-speed blender and blend for 1 minute or until smooth. Add ¾ of the red sauce into the soup mixture and mix one more time (see notes). 
  6. Bring the soup to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer for 20-25 more minutes. Remove from heat.
  7. Serve the pozole with the remaining red sauce on the side as well as toppings of choice, such as sliced radish, limes, shredded cabbage, tortilla chips, cilantro, red onion and avocado. Add more red sauce to taste. Enjoy!


  • We only use about 3/4 of the “pepper sauce” that we blend up and then serve the rest on the side for our guests (or ourselves) to add when we are assembling our soup. That way, the base of the recipe is pretty mild and then the spiciness can be increased to taste.
  • The nutrition facts do not take into consideration the addition of toppings those may vary.
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Soup, Entree, Christmas
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Mexican

Keywords: Pozole, Rojo, Christmas, Soup

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