Slow Cooker Chicken Posole - Isabel Eats {Easy Mexican Recipes} (2024)

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Made with shredded chicken and hominy in a comforting red chile broth, this Slow Cooker Chicken Posole is easy to make and full of authentic Mexican flavors to warm you up! (gluten free)

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It finally happened. I made a dish that I never thought I would make without the step-by-step instructions from my parents. I made posole!

If you’ve never heard of posole, you’re not alone. It’s not a dish that is normally found at Mexican restaurants, at least not in the United States. and definitely not in Pittsburgh.

What is posole?

Posole (which translates to hominy in English) is a Mexican chile soup or stew traditionally made with pork and hominy covered in a chile broth. There are countless variations of this dish, such as:

  • some made in a red chile broth
  • some with green chiles and tomatillos as the base (like this Chicken Pozole Verde)
  • some with no chiles at all (why, God, why?!)
  • some made with pork (like this traditional Red Posole)
  • some with chicken
  • some with no meat at all

And just so you know, I plan on making ALL those variations for you at some point. This is only the beginning. I’m getting excited just talking about it.

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Posole is kind of a big deal in my house. My parents don’t make it every day, every week or even every month. It’s usually made on special occasions when the whole family is together, like birthdays and holidays so my Mom or Dad can make a huge batch and feed everyone for days. And I mean dayyyysss.

And while I’ve seen my parents make this soup probably hundreds of times by now, I had never attempted to make it myself…until now.

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I must say that I’ve definitely taken some liberties with my parents’ recipe.

First of all, they’ve never made posole in the slow cooker. I, on the other hand, wanted to create this dish as easily as possible and so I knew the crock pot would be perfect for the job.

Second, my parents’ usually make the red chile base specifically for their posole. But not me. Again, because I’m lazy, I used a batch of my Red Enchilada Sauce that I had in the fridge. My sauce is still homemade, it’s insanely easy to make and most importantly, it’s still has all the same flavors of the red chile broth that are in my parents’ posole.

But a word of caution – while you could certainly use store-bought enchilada sauce instead of my enchilada sauce recipe, I don’t recommendit. It truly doesn’t have the same depth of flavor and just isn’t as tasty as the real stuff. If you’re hesitant to make enchilada sauce just for this recipe, I suggest making a double or even triple batch and storing it in the freezer so you can use it again for future recipes like these:

  • Red Chicken Enchiladas
  • Easy Red Chilaquiles
  • Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  • Chicken Enchilada Roll-Ups

The right sauce makes a huge difference.

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How to serve slow cooker posole

Once the crock pot posole is ready to go, it’s usually served with radishes, cilantro, finely shredded cabbage, limes, dried oregano, red chile flakes, white onions and even avocados.

For these photos, I just used radishes, limes and cilantro, but I frequently also top it with shredded cabbage. It’s adds a nice crunch that is just delightful.

I truly hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Posole - Isabel Eats {Easy Mexican Recipes} (5)

4.69 from 106 votes

Slow Cooker Chicken Posole

servings: 8 servings

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Prep: 10 minutes minutes

Cook: 4 hours hours

Total: 4 hours hours 10 minutes minutes

Made with shredded chicken and hominy in a comforting red chile broth, this Slow Cooker Posole is easy to make and full of authentic Mexican flavors. (gluten free)



For the posole

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 batch Red Enchilada Sauce (or 2 1/2 cups store-bought red enchilada sauce)
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 25-ounce cans white hominy, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • salt and black pepper, to taste

For the toppings and mix-ins (optional)

  • finely shredded cabbage, lime juice, sliced radishes, cilantro


  • Add the chicken, chicken broth, enchilada sauce, shallot, chili power, minced garlic, cumin powder, and salt to the slow cooker. Mix until well combined.

  • Cover and cook for 7 1/2 hours on low or 3 1/2 hours on high.

  • Using a slotted spoon, remove chicken from slow cooker and place onto a large plate or cutting board. Shred using two forks.

  • Add in the shredded chicken, hominy and oregano. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes.

  • Serve posole in bowls with lime juice, radishes, cilantro, finely shredded cabbage and other toppings.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 239kcal (12%), Carbohydrates: 25g (8%), Protein: 26g (52%), Fat: 5g (8%), Saturated Fat: 1g (5%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 55mg (18%), Sodium: 1547mg (64%), Potassium: 251mg (7%), Fiber: 5g (20%), Sugar: 4g (4%), Vitamin A: 750IU (15%), Vitamin C: 8.3mg (10%), Calcium: 60mg (6%), Iron: 2.5mg (14%)

Author: Isabel Orozco-Moore

Category: Mexican

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  1. Jean Busby

    Slow Cooker Chicken Posole - Isabel Eats {Easy Mexican Recipes} (6)
    This is fantastic! What fun it was to make the red sauce from scratch. I will use the sauce in several of my recipes. The soup was tasty and the toppings really made it special. A new recipe added to my favorites.
    Thank you. I am looking forward to trying so many more of your recipes. My next attempts will be Barbacoa and Horchata. Do you have a cookbook?


  2. Tommy

    Can you leave Posole in crockpot overnight if you unplug it?


    1. Ana @ Isabel Eats

      Hi Tommy! We recommend storing it in a container in the fridge so that it doesn’t go bad.


  3. Esther

    This recipe is delicious.


  4. Dennis Arriaga

    So so good! Thank you!! Loved the enchilada sauce too!! Made with your corn tortilla recipe too!!


  5. Terese Carrillo

    hello !! can i cook this in my ditch oven & if so, what would be the heating instructions

    cant wait to make it !!


    1. Terese Carrillo

      sorrrrry DUTCH**


    2. Ana @ Isabel Eats

      Hi Terese! Yes you can use your dutch oven. There is a recipe on the site for red pork pozole, but you can substitute chicken! That recipe uses a dutch oven and goes into better detail on how to cook it. I hope this helps!


  6. Stephen Dodd

    Slow Cooker Chicken Posole - Isabel Eats {Easy Mexican Recipes} (7)
    That was excellent!!!!!! Thank you!!!!


  7. Ana

    Would I have to convert the time to instant pot time since instant pots are pressurized and this calls for a slow cooker


    1. Ana @ Isabel Eats

      Hello! Yes, we suggest adjusting the time if you’re using an instant pot.


  8. Megan R Aguilar

    Your instructions say cook for 3 1/2 hours my crock pot goes to 4 hors. on high.


  9. Brenda Martinez

    would the cook time be the same if I use chciken thighs?


    1. Ana @ Isabel Eats

      Hello Brenda, yes the cooking time should be the same.


  10. John thurston

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    Wow is this really really good. Thank you Isabel for sharing this recipe.
    I followed your recipe instruction to the letter, with 2 exceptions.
    One, I was fearful that the Chiles de abrol had too much heat for my family’s taste
    so I substituted Chiles Mulato-very mellow. I was still concerned about the heat level,but this was perfect. Great flavor, canned enchilada sauce would not have rendered the deep flavor obtained by the authentic sauce.
    What a perfect deep flavor the authentic enchilada sauce imparts to this dish! Two, I added med-large hunks of sweet potato.
    Very nice addition.


  11. John

    Slow Cooker Chicken Posole - Isabel Eats {Easy Mexican Recipes} (9)
    Super easy to make and delicious. Definitely going to be added to our dinner rotation.


  12. Penny Petrich

    My question is, do you have a recipe to make the red enchilada sauce? I’d rather not buy the canned.


    1. Morgan @ Isabel Eats

      Hi Penny! That’s totally understandable. Here is Isabel’s Red Enchilada recipe:


    2. Chelsea

      I wish I would have seen this earlier. I bought the canned and it just was off 😥


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