Pozole Rojo

This traditional Mexican pozole recipe is made with tender pork and hominy and simmered in the most delicious chile broth, then piled high with all of your favorite fresh toppings. Stovetop, Crock-Pot and Instant Pot instructions included! There are a million reasons to love a good bowl of pozole. But in my opinion, the magic […]

This traditional Mexican pozole recipe is made with tender pork and hominy and simmered in the most delicious chile broth, then piled high with all of your favorite fresh toppings. Stovetop, Crock-Pot and Instant Pot instructions included!

Pozole Rojo

There are a million reasons to love a good bowl of pozole. But in my opinion, the magic of this traditional Mexican soup is found in its rich, vibrant, and incredibly flavorful red chile broth. ♡

By contrast to its pozole blanco (white) or pozole verde (green) cousins, pozole rojo is made with a blend of red chiles that gives this broth the most irresistible balance of savory, smoky, earthy, slightly sweet, and spicy flavors. And when slow simmered together with tender pork and hearty hominy, this later piled high with a generous handful of fresh toppings, this classic Mexican soup is my absolute idea of cozy comfort food to the max. Soooo much flavor!

To be honest, I love this recipe’s pozole broth so much that I’ve been known to make small batches of it just to sip from a mug on chilly winter nights. But when you’re craving a good and hearty bowl of soup, the traditional pork and hominy combo here will never let you down. You can either simmer all of the ingredients together for a few hours on the stovetop or toss everything in the Instant Pot or Crock-Pot. And while I’m going to insist that you use dried Mexican chiles to make this broth (no chili powder shortcuts here), I promise that they are incredibly easy to work with and dried chiles are absolutely essential when making pozole. I have also included notes for how to adjust the spice level here to make your batch exactly as mild or spicy as you prefer. And keep in mind that this recipe freezes wonderfully, so feel free to make a double batch while you’re at it!

Thousands of you have made and loved our pozole rojo recipe over the years. So in honor of the arrival of fall this week — hello, soup season! — I thought I would bump it back to the top of the site for anyone who has yet to give it a try. Let’s make some pozole!

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Roasted Tomato Soup

My favorite roasted tomato soup recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients and tastes so fresh and delicious. Feel free to add cream if you’d like! End-of-season tomatoes are overflowing in gardens and farmers markets everywhere, which always means one thing here in our home… …time to make my favorite roasted tomato soup! ♡ […]

My favorite roasted tomato soup recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients and tastes so fresh and delicious. Feel free to add cream if you’d like!

Roasted Tomato Soup

End-of-season tomatoes are overflowing in gardens and farmers markets everywhere, which always means one thing here in our home…

…time to make my favorite roasted tomato soup! ♡

I’m convinced that a fresh and cozy bowl of homemade tomato soup is the perfect recipe to bridge the gap this time of year between summer and autumn. And this roasted tomato soup recipe in particular is one of my all-time faves.

It features a short and simple ingredient list, including a few of my favorite seasonings plus whatever variety of small- to medium-sized tomatoes happen to look best that day. It’s easy to make in just a little over a half hour with minimal prep time. It’s naturally gluten-free and vegan, although you are welcome to add in some cream or cheese if you’d like. And if you happen to have some leftover bread on hand, I would also highly recommend making some croutons or grilled cheese (or grilled cheese croutons, see below) to go with the soup — always a nostalgic and delicious combo!

Seriously, in my book, it doesn’t get any better than homemade tomato soup that’s made with fresh, ripe, in-season tomatoes that have been roasted down until they are irresistibly rich and sweet. So let’s make the most of tomato season while it still lasts!

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Roasted Tomato Soup

My favorite roasted tomato soup recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients and tastes so fresh and delicious. Feel free to add cream if you’d like! End-of-season tomatoes are overflowing in gardens and farmers markets everywhere right now, which always means one thing here in our home… …time to make my favorite roasted tomato […]

My favorite roasted tomato soup recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients and tastes so fresh and delicious. Feel free to add cream if you’d like!

Roasted Tomato Soup

End-of-season tomatoes are overflowing in gardens and farmers markets everywhere right now, which always means one thing here in our home…

…time to make my favorite roasted tomato soup! ♡

I’m convinced that a fresh and cozy bowl of homemade tomato soup is the perfect recipe to bridge that liminal space this time of year between summer and autumn. And this roasted tomato soup recipe in particular happens to be one of my all-time faves.

It features a short and simple ingredient list, including a few of my favorite seasonings plus whatever variety of small- to medium-sized tomatoes happen to look best that day. It’s easy to make in just a little over a half hour with minimal prep time. It’s naturally gluten-free and vegan, although you are welcome to add in some cream or cheese if you’d like. And if you happen to have some leftover bread on hand, I would also highly recommend making some homemade croutons or grilled cheese (or grilled cheese croutons, see below) to go with your tomato soup — always such a nostalgic and delicious combo!

Seriously, in my book, it doesn’t get any better than homemade tomato soup that’s made with fresh, ripe, in-season tomatoes that have been roasted down until they are irresistibly concentrated and sweet. So let’s make the most of tomato season while it still lasts!

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Watermelon Gazpacho

This watermelon gazpacho recipe is the perfect balance of savory and sweet, it’s full of feel-good fresh ingredients, and always tastes so light and refreshing. Summertime = gazpacho time. ♡ And after sharing my favorite recipe for authentic (tomato) gazpacho with you years ago when we first moved to Spain, I thought that this summer we […]

This watermelon gazpacho recipe is the perfect balance of savory and sweet, it’s full of feel-good fresh ingredients, and always tastes so light and refreshing.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Summertime = gazpacho time. 

And after sharing my favorite recipe for authentic (tomato) gazpacho with you years ago when we first moved to Spain, I thought that this summer we could turn to its irresistibly sweet and savory cousin — watermelon gazpacho.

This refreshing chilled soup is the perfect way to use up a leftover hunk of watermelon that you might have hanging out in the fridge after last weekend’s picnic. When blended together with lots and lots of summer veggies, a handful of fresh mint, a slice of bread and some simple seasonings, this gazpacho tastes like summertime sunshine in a bowl. And it is delicious!

Bonus?  This watermelon gazpacho recipe only takes about 15 minutes to prep and can be made up to two days in advance.  Plus it’s made with fresh and healthy ingredients that are also naturally vegan and gluten-free (if you use gf bread), which makes gazpacho an especially great option if you happen to be cooking for a crowd this summer.  We often turn to gazpacho when we’re entertaining this time of year since it’s so easy to prep ahead of time — usually just serving it up with a light salad and a loaf of crusty bread — and it hits the spot every time!

So grab some fresh watermelon and summer veggies, and let’s blend up a quick batch together!

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Watermelon Gazpacho

This watermelon gazpacho recipe is the perfect balance of savory and sweet, it’s full of feel-good fresh ingredients, and always tastes so light and refreshing. Summertime = gazpacho time. ♡ And after sharing my favorite recipe for authentic (tomato) gazpacho with you years ago when we first moved to Spain, I thought that this summer we […]

This watermelon gazpacho recipe is the perfect balance of savory and sweet, it’s full of feel-good fresh ingredients, and always tastes so light and refreshing.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Summertime = gazpacho time. 

And after sharing my favorite recipe for authentic (tomato) gazpacho with you years ago when we first moved to Spain, I thought that this summer we could turn to its irresistibly sweet and savory cousin — watermelon gazpacho.

This refreshing chilled soup is the perfect way to use up a leftover hunk of watermelon that you might have hanging out in the fridge after last weekend’s picnic. When blended together with lots and lots of summer veggies, a handful of fresh mint, a slice of bread and some simple seasonings, this gazpacho tastes like summertime sunshine in a bowl. And it is delicious!

Bonus? This watermelon gazpacho recipe only takes about 15 minutes to prep and can be made up to two days in advance. Plus it’s made with fresh and healthy ingredients that are also naturally vegan and gluten-free (if you use gf bread), which makes gazpacho an especially great option if you happen to be cooking for a crowd this summer. We often turn to gazpacho when we’re entertaining this time of year since it’s so easy to prep ahead of time — usually just serving it up with a light salad and a loaf of crusty bread — and it hits the spot every time!

So grab some fresh watermelon and summer veggies, and let’s blend up a quick batch together!

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Birria

This delicious birria recipe (Mexican beef stew) is so flavorful and comforting, and it’s easy to make in Crock-Pot, Instant Pot or on the stovetop.  Serve it as a simple stew or use this recipe to make birria tacos (or fried birria quesatacos)! Guys, have you tried making homemade birria yet? This traditional Mexican stew […]

This delicious birria recipe (Mexican beef stew) is so flavorful and comforting, and it’s easy to make in Crock-Pot, Instant Pot or on the stovetop.  Serve it as a simple stew or use this recipe to make birria tacos (or fried birria quesatacos)!

Birria (Mexican Beef Stew) with Avocado, Cilantro and Corn Tortillas

Guys, have you tried making homemade birria yet?

This traditional Mexican stew seems to be trending everywhere I look lately, most often in the form of birria tacos or fried birria quesatacos (a.k.a. quesabirria tacos), whose melty cheese pulls and consommé-dunking boomerangs definitely seem to be the fast-rising star on taco menus around the world.  Stay tuned here on the blog for more on birria tacos to come later this week.

But first, I wanted to go back to the basics and share a birria recipe served in its original and most simple form…as a cozy stew. ♡

As I explain below, there are endless variations of birria to be found nowadays around different regions in Mexico, made with various kinds of meat, cooking methods, signature blends of seasonings, consistencies of consommés (broths), and more. But the original dish is said to have originated in Jalisco, Mexico, where it is traditionally served as a stew for holidays and special occasions and made with either goat, sheep, or (my preference) beef. The meat is always slow cooked in a richly-flavored adobo (marinade) until it was melt-in-your-mouth tender, then ladled up into bowls along with plenty of its broth, garnished with lots of fresh toppings, and finally served with a side of warm corn tortillas. And as you can imagine, it is delicious.

That said, if you’re new to birria, the absolute magic of this particular Mexican stew is the delicious mix of flavors layered into its amazing broth. Good birria is always made a mixture of savory, sweet, earthy, smoky and spicy seasonings that lend soooo much flavor to every single bite. It’s essential to use some dried chiles here to season the broth, but they are incredibly easy to work with. Then I also highly recommend loading your birria up with lots of creamy avocado and fresh cool toppings (such as cilantro, chopped or pickled onions, radishes, etc), which pair perfectly with the warm stew and make this dish downright irresistible.

I’ve included options in the recipe below for how to make birria either in the Instant Pot, Crock-Pot or on the stovetop, so feel free to choose whichever cooking method you prefer. Granted, all three of these methods still require a few hours to make from start to finish, so be sure to plan ahead. But the birria recipe itself is totally simple to make and totally — as we say in Spanish — “vale la pena” (worth it).  So if you have yet to give homemade birria a try, I say it’s time.

Let’s make a batch together!

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Favorite Gumbo

My favorite gumbo recipe is made with a richly-flavored dark roux, your choice of proteins (chicken, sausage and/or seafood), lots of veggies, and served with rice.  So hearty and delicious! Mardi Gras is tomorrow…which means it’s time to cook up a big pot of my favorite gumbo! ♡ I first shared this New Orleans-inspired gumbo […]

My favorite gumbo recipe is made with a richly-flavored dark roux, your choice of proteins (chicken, sausage and/or seafood), lots of veggies, and served with rice.  So hearty and delicious!

Favorite Gumbo

Mardi Gras is tomorrow…which means it’s time to cook up a big pot of my favorite gumbo! ♡

I first shared this New Orleans-inspired gumbo recipe here on Gimme Some Oven about five years ago.  And while I have definitely enjoyed other versions over the years (my vegetarian gumbo recipe, for example, is surprisingly satisfying), nothing beats a classic dark roux-based gumbo made made with good Andouille sausage in my book.  It’s one of those special-occasion meals that requires a bit of extra time and tlc to prepare.  But it features some of my all-time favorite zesty Creole flavors and always tastes like such a treat.  So if you’ve never tried making a batch of homemade gumbo before, I say this week is the perfect time to give it a try!

Granted, there are lots of strong opinions and regional differences out there when it comes to how to make “authentic” gumbo, including variations in thickening techniques (using a roux vs filé powder vs okra vs a combo), whether or not to include tomatoes (I happen to love them), which seasonings to use (and how spicy to make the broth), proteins to include (chicken, sausage, various kinds of seafood, etc), and on and on.  So while I can’t guarantee that this gumbo recipe is necessarily authentic, I can vouch that it is absolutely delicious and always a favorite with friends and family whenever I cook up a big batch.  And I’m delighted that so many of you have loved it over the years too!

You are, of course, welcome to make any tweaks to the ingredients that you prefer.  (Especially when it comes to proteins — feel free to choose either chicken, sausage or shrimp, or you can follow my lead and use all three!)  The one thing that I strongly recommend is using a dark brown roux as the base for this recipe.  Its rich, deep, nutty flavor adds so much flavor to this recipe and is worth the extra time it takes to make.

So round up all of your favorite gumbo ingredients, settle in for a lot of stirring, and let’s cook up a delicious pot of gumbo together!

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Sopa Azteca (Tortilla Soup)

This traditional Sopa Azteca (Tortilla Soup) recipe is made with a simple, richly-seasoned, tomato-chile broth that is ladled hot over crispy tortilla strips and loaded up with your choice of toppings.  Feel free to add chicken and/or cheese if you’d like! This winter, I’ve been on a mission to learn how to make authentic sopa […]

This traditional Sopa Azteca (Tortilla Soup) recipe is made with a simple, richly-seasoned, tomato-chile broth that is ladled hot over crispy tortilla strips and loaded up with your choice of toppings.  Feel free to add chicken and/or cheese if you’d like!

Sopa Azteca (Mexican Tortilla Soup) with Chicken and Avocado

This winter, I’ve been on a mission to learn how to make authentic sopa azteca that tastes more like the tortilla soups I fell in love with in Mexico (and notably less like the modernized Tex-Mex versions I’ve always known in the States).  And now that I’ve figured it out, we can’t stop making this one in our house. ♡

During our recent trips to Mexico, I became a bit obsessed with ordering sopa azteca (also called sopa de tortilla or sopa de tortilla azteca) anytime I spied it on menus.  Usually served as an appetizer, this tortilla soup was consistently made with the same main ingredients — crispy corn tortilla strips, a piping-hot garlicky tomato-chile caldo (broth), fresh avocado, and a combination of sour cream, fresh cilantro, lime wedges and/or fried chile strips sprinkled on top.  Some restaurants also included chicken or soft diced cheese in the soup, while others kept it vegetarian (or vegan).  Some kept their soup fairly mild, while others (whew!) had us sweating.  Some served the soup pre-assembled, while others served us bowls full of tortilla strips with a side of DIY toppings and then ladled in the steaming hot caldo table-side.  But every single bowl of sopa azteca we tried was downright delicious.

The magic of this soup, of course, is all in that delicious, rich, soul-warming caldo.  Turns out, it’s surprisingly easy to make in just 20-ish minutes with a blend of tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano, chicken or veggie stock and dried pasilla (or ancho) chiles.  And yes — I have to insist — the dried chiles are essential here!  If you are new to working with dried Mexican chiles, though, please don’t be intimidated.  They are super-easy to use and are hands-down the key ingredient to giving the broth the most amazing smoky, earthy, delicious flavor.  Feel free to also fry up a few of the chile strips to sprinkle them on top of the soup, which only takes an extra minute or two of extra prep time and is really fun too!

Anyway, after so many years of enjoying various Tex-Mex and modernized versions of tortilla soup in the States, I’ve really appreciated finally learning about the authentic prehispanic Mexican sopa azteca —  “la reina de sopas” (queen of soups), as one Mexico City restaurant we loved called it — that inspired them all.  If you ask me, nothing beats the original when it comes to this classic.  So if you happen to be a fellow tortilla soup super-fan, it’s time to give authentic sopa azteca a try!

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Kale, White Bean and Orzo Soup

This simple Kale, White Bean and Orzo Soup is made with a cozy lemony-rosemary broth and can be ready to go in just 30 minutes. Anyone else craving simple, healthy(ish), ultra-cozy soups on repeat right about now? Well here’s a good one to add to your repertoire. ♡ We often turn to classic white bean […]

This simple Kale, White Bean and Orzo Soup is made with a cozy lemony-rosemary broth and can be ready to go in just 30 minutes.

Anyone else craving simple, healthy(ish), ultra-cozy soups on repeat right about now?

Well here’s a good one to add to your repertoire. ♡

We often turn to classic white bean and kale soup here in our house when we’re craving a quick bowl of soup, made with whatever extra ingredients happen to be hanging out in the crisper drawer.  But this particular version made with chewy al dente orzo pasta, a slightly-spicy lemon rosemary broth, with lots of fresh Parmesan sprinkled on top has been totally hitting the spot this winter.

It’s an absolute breeze to make and comes together from start to finish in just 30 minutes or so.  It’s naturally vegetarian and also vegan (if you nix the Parmesan), and chock-full of fresh kale and lots of protein.  It’s completely customizable with whatever fresh herbs, beans, or pasta shapes that you happen to have on hand.  And it is just the type of warm and comforting meal that I find myself craving this time of year.

Feel free to add in some extra protein (bacon, chicken, or sausage would be delicious) if you’d like.  And if you happen to have some good crusty bread on hand, I highly recommend using it to mop up that delicious broth.  But otherwise, this is a satisfying vegetarian soup recipe all on its own that I think you’re going to love.

So grab some kale and let’s make some soup together, friends!

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Thai Chicken Curry

This cozy Thai Chicken Curry recipe is quick and easy to whip up in about 30 minutes, it’s made with the yummiest Thai coconut red curry sauce, and it’s easy to customize with your favorite veggies and proteins. Trying to decide what to make for dinner tonight? This quick and easy Thai Chicken Curry recipe […]

This cozy Thai Chicken Curry recipe is quick and easy to whip up in about 30 minutes, it’s made with the yummiest Thai coconut red curry sauce, and it’s easy to customize with your favorite veggies and proteins.

Thai Chicken Curry

Trying to decide what to make for dinner tonight?

This quick and easy Thai Chicken Curry recipe is always a winner. ♡♡♡

I’ve been eating much more chicken than usual during my pregnancy these past seven months (hello, lean proteins!) and this cozy Thai curry has turned into one of my favorite staples in our weeknight dinner rotation.  It’s the perfect meal to clean out whatever veggies happen to be hanging out in the crisper drawer, it’s made with an ultra-cozy and flavor-packed Thai coconut red curry sauce, and it also makes for fantastic leftovers.  (So as you can see below, I’ve written the recipe to make a large batch!)  It’s also naturally gluten-free and only takes about 30 minutes to make!

Feel free to serve the curry over rice, noodles, quinoa or with some crusty bread to mop up that delicious curry sauce.  (I usually just make a batch of rice in the Instant Pot while preparing the curry.)  And of course, if chicken isn’t your thing, feel free to swap in whatever protein you love best.  Or if you happen to have a split meat-eating/vegetarian household like ours, you can always just cook the chicken first and then serve it on the side as an optional add-in.

So simple and SO delicious…my favorite combo.  Let’s make some chicken curry, friends!

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