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Spicy Posole with Cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins

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Please tell me you do this, too?

Crumble your cornbread muffins and drop them into your chili like perfectly dense and sweet little soft croutons?

Glad we're on the same page with that.

So, October. We're sitting MID-October, guys, and life is October-y. Which is to say, mostly, awesome. Rich fall colors, crunchy leaves everywhere, cozy sweaters for chilly days, pumpkin themed drinks available but not totally overwhelming us all the time... yeah, this is the best season ever.

But also - I don't know if it's just me - but October feels like the hamster wheel of life is really kicking into gear. Evening classes and commitments start back up, pre-holiday plans start to take shape, conferences and travel dates draw closer, and school schedules get more jam-packed with conferences, plays, and projects. (For the record, I am acting like I am involved in a school schedule in some way, shape, or form - but please, friends. I am zero percent involved in school schedules. This October pace is just deeply ingrained in me from my 5 years of teaching and I feel like I will be vicariously living a teachers' schedule forever.)

Spicy Posole with Cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins.

All of this means that October is the prime-time to really get intentional about meal planning. Those lunches, man! They sneak up every time. One second it seems like we have a full fridge, and the next I am hangry x10 with my only lunch option being peanut butter toast. AGAIN.

So here's one of my favorites for meal prep lunching.

Spicy P-O-S-O-L-E, with some easy cornbread muffins to round it out into a filling meal.

Posole in a dish.

Posole Tips

Tip #1: This is not a true, authentic posole recipe. This is a meal prep posole recipe whose ingredients you can memorize and pick up without needing to look anything up online. Canned fire roasted tomatoes, ground pork sausage or similar, hominy, black beans, and all your fixings. Which brings me to Tip #2.

Tip #2: Chips of all shapes and sizes and flavors are a must in this situation. Yes, you have your cornbread muffin and it's cheesy and spicy and delicious. But without a tiny bit of crunch in there? What is even the point.

Tip #3: Cheese and sour cream really help the spicy posole situation cool down a bit. I used Sargento shredded 4-cheese Mexican blend in my muffins which basically took them to the NEXT LEVEL of golden cornbread muffin perfection, but I also add a tiny bit of extra cheese and sour cream to the posole itself. That subtle creamy touch? Yes, please.

Spicy Posole with cheese topping and with Cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins.

Tip #4: Make this on Sunday. Or early in the week. It's going to give you a solid 6 servings - as well as a muffin or two per serving - and it stores in the fridge amazingly well and maybe even tastes better the next day. Would that be such a crime?

You guys, Bjork adores this soup, which is so cute to me. I made this all the time when we first got married because it was so easy, and I was so proud of this recipe. I'd make it for family and friends and for chilly nights at home.

But here's the thing - even with its humble simplicity, it is absolutely AS GOOD as I remember it being when I was an less discerning first-time cook. It's simple, it's straightforward, it's adaptable, and it's your happy lunches for the week. Love u, meal planning!

Spicy Posole in a bowl with a spoon and with Cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins.
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Spicy Posole in soup mug with cornbread.

Spicy Posole with Cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins


Spicy Posole with Cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins - One of my favorites for meal prep lunching. Posole plus some cornbread? YUM.



Spicy Posole:

  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage (or other meat, or try this veg version)
  • a pinch of taco seasoning, chili powder, cumin, salt, etc.
  • 2 14-ounce cans fire roasted tomatoes with garlic, undrained
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 14-ounce cans white hominy, drained
  • 1 14-ounce can black beans
  • toppings: cilantro, cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips

Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins:


  1. Brown the sausage in a large pot over medium high heat. Season with taco seasoning or other spices and salt. Drain over a bowl to remove excess grease.
  2. Return sausage to pan and add tomatoes, hominy, and beans.
  3. Refill two 14-ounce cans with water and add it to the pot.
  4. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  5. For the muffins, mix according to package directions and stir in the jalapeño and cheese. Bake according to package directions.
  6. Serve soup with toppings and cornbread muffins.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: posole, spicy posole, mexican posole, spicy cornbread muffins, cornbread muffins

Big s/o to Sargento for sponsoring this post! We heart real cheese.


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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    oh myy <3 lovely October simplicity at it's best. this is definitely going to be a tasty, spicy change from our every-other-day chili recipe 😀

    obviously I will use green yogurt instead of sour cream so I can double up on the cheese 😉 #yogurtcancelscheese #healthy

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    Hi Lindsay – Love a good posole! Quick question – do you use breakfast sausage or some other type of ground pork sausage? Thanks!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Yes – I normally use a Jimmy Dean standard type sausage (I think it is normally used for breakfasts) but I’ve also used just straight ground pork or other meat and that is also delicious if you flavor it with enough spices as it cooks!

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks AMAZING. And I’m a sucker for anything with jalapenos, so those cornbread muffins are right up my alley. Both of these are going on my “to-try” list, for sure! Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    OH MY GAH. I live for cornbread + chili! One of the best things about MN is that our chili season is extended 😛

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    Cornbread … sometimes I add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of corn kernels for added texture/flavor!! Yum! Can’t wait to try this recipe this week!

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    Hi – is there supposed to be a link to the veg version? If so, it’s not working for me. Also, it looks like there are chickpeas in the photos but I don’t see it in the recipe..

    Thanks! 🙂

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      They aren’t chickpeas — it’s the hominy! I thought the same thing at first. Hominy look like larger corn kernels.

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks fantastic.

    FYI: Every time I read your post my sound suddenly turns on and an ad plays, and then another ad. This is disconcerting until I turn off my sound. Just thought you should know.

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    Just made this tonight!! It was super tasty and absurdly easy. Cheers to no chopping. Loved that I could easily make both the soup and the muffins in less than an hour.

    Plus my boyfriend loved it and he’s a hard sell.

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    So this was amazing! October dinner at its best. It was so easy to do but has so much flavor. My mouth is still singling from the awesome spice. It’s a keeper and I am so pumped for the leftovers tomorrow.

  10. Skillful Cook Logo

    If I wanted to use chicken, would you suggest ground chicken or do you think shredded would work? Thank you! This looks amazing!

  11. Skillful Cook Logo

    I’ve made this three times now, using a mix of different ground meat each time (beef, pork, turkey, chorizo, whatever I had). This is so good!! Love how easy it is and the spicy cornbread muffins are a necessary side 🙂

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Shoot, I didn’t drain mine because it didn’t say drained and it did for the hominy 🙁 I hope I didn’t ruin my soup.

  12. Skillful Cook Logo

    Made this posole this past rainy and cold weekend with chorizo and it was excellent, always a fan of spicy and it was just the comfort meal we were looking for, thanks so much for the recipe, high recommend!

  13. Skillful Cook Logo

    I know you say this is not pozole, but may I ask you please don’t call it pozole? See, pozole is a sacred meal. Your recipe sounds like a tasty one, but it’s nothing like the meal used to honor our ancestors and Mother Earth. You using the wrong name, a sacred name, for this meal, it’s offensive and insensitive. So, with all due respect, could you please use another, appropriate name for your delicious, not pozole recipe? Thank you!

  14. Skillful Cook Logo

    This recipe is absurdly easy and shockingly delicious! I’ve probably made it at least 10-20 times. I like a thicker soup so I blend a scoop or two of the soup in the blender (minus the meat) and add it back. Husband loves it too.

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    One of our favorite soups. It has been made many times over the years so I figured I had better leave a rating finally!