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September 22, 2023

Hatch Green Chili Pozole with Lamb Shank


Recipe Provided By
"A Cook Named Matt"
Prep Time


Cook Time


Total Time

-- min



ceramic bowl of pozole with a scoop of crema


For the soup base/sauce

  • 1 quart chopped green Chiles
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup garlic
  • 1 tablespoon toasted cumin
  • 2 tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rice oil or whatever neutral oil
  • Salt to taste

For the soup

  • 2 American lamb shanks
  • Soup base (See above ingredients)
  • 4 quarts Chix stock or beef stock, water, veg stock
  • 4 corn cob stalks
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 quart yellow corn to finish (cook for about 3 minutes)
  • 2 cups chopped cilantro to finish
  • Lime to finish 

For the Coriander crema

  • 1 cup sour cream 
  • 1 cup cilantro stems 
  • 1 tbsp toasted cumin
  • 2 tbsp milk or cream
  • Salt to taste 



Begin by blending all soup base ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Heat a large pot and add a drizzle of oil. Once the oil is hot, place the lamb shanks in the pot and brown all sides. Once all sides of the shanks are browned pour in the soup base, stock, corn stalks, and salt. Simmer for 3-4 hours or until fork tender.

Remove the shanks and shred the meat. Add back in the lamb, corn kernels and cilantro. Heat completely through and add salt as needed.

To make your crema, add all of the ingredients to a blender.

Ladle soup into a bowl and top with crema, cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


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