Probably the first dish you think of when you hear ‘hominy’ is Mexican posole. It is very popular in Mexican dishes, particularly in traditional posole soup.
However, hominy is a diverse ingredient that can be used in many other dishes. Plus, it’s affordable! But what is hominy exactly?
Hominy is dried field corn. It has a mild and slightly sweet flavor, and a meaty consistency. It can really elevate savory dishes and can steal the show when used in desserts!
Hominy is also a fabulous ingredient in breakfast dishes, so you can enjoy hominy for every meal! Our 35 hominy recipes can help you do just that.
1. Pinto Posole
We have to kick our list off with posole! After all, it’s probably the first dish that springs to mind when you hear the word ‘hominy.’
This recipe is an excellent vegan interpretation of the dish that is full of pantry basics as well as some fresh additions.
Guajillos chilies are an important part of this dish. These are dried chiles that are not as spicy as other chilies and are crucial to Mexican sauces.
If you’re a fan of gratin why not add some hominy to it? This recipe is just as creamy and cheesy as traditional gratin, but it has the addition of earthy hominy and savory bacon.
This recipe also calls for pimento peppers to add sweetness and to balance out the richness of the dish.
This may be one of the most exciting casseroles you ever make! The blue cheese, smoky paprika, and lashings of hominy mean this casserole can’t be described as anything other than bold.
This casserole is an excellent example of a modest dish taken to new heights.
This Texan inspired salad is a fresh way to prepare hominy and is easy to make. It’s bursting with fresh vegetables, pinto beans, and – of course – hominy.
This salad is full of flavor and texture, with earthy, fresh, garlicky, and spicy notes, making it one exciting dish!
Llapingachos are an Ecuadorian dish that you won’t be able to get enough of! Traditional llapingachos are a kind of potato patty full of melty cheese.
However, this recipe is filled with hominy instead, but you can still pair it with cheese, shredded pork, or both!
Canjica is a very special dessert that hails from Brazil and is reminiscent of rice pudding. The condensed milk helps make the pudding creamy, rich, and sweet, while the nutmeg and cinnamon warms the dish up.
Mote Pillo is a satisfying breakfast that takes scrambled eggs to the next level!
In this dish you sauté onions and hominy and simmer them with milk for the best depth of flavor, before adding scrambled eggs. This is a great quick breakfast, as it can be ready in around 15 minutes.
This delicious vegetable dish is so easy to make that it will be your dish of the summer!
This recipe isn’t process-heavy at all. You just need to sauté hominy with vegetables like tomatoes and zucchini and let them simmer.
To make this dish even fresher add a touch of chili powder and squeeze some lime.
We all love Instant Pot dishes, right? And this earthy, slightly sweet recipe needs just four ingredients.
This dish makes an excellent side dish to a simple midweek dinner like garlic pork chops or even a Mexican take on a Buddha bowl, or you can make it as a side dish for holiday dinners too.
Love porridge but want to cut down on diary? Then give this vegan hominy corn porridge a try!
This is a Jamaican dish that contains hominy kernels in a creamy and thick porridge that is infused with vanilla.
Make sure you get the best texture and flavor by using canned coconut milk and condensed coconut milk.
11. Hominy Grits
While these are not your usual Southern-style grits, these hominy grits still taste fantastic and have been given a boost with nutritional yeast, serranos, and a lot of spice!
These grits are chewier than usual, but in a really good way. These grits are an excellent vegan side dish to a Mexican meal, a fabulous addition to a barbecue, or a nutritious breakfast!
This one-pan meal is an excellent creamy, savory comfort dish. However, it is packed with calories, so it is definitely an indulgent treat!
You have to cook kielbasa in bacon grease and a generous helping of cheese, and you have to finish off the dish by smothering it in sour cream (find more delicious kielbasa recipes here)!
Menudo is a classic Mexican soup that has tripe in it, and if you’re not sure what that is, it’s a cow’s stomach.
This dish is definitely for the more adventurous of you! But this soup is fresh and full of white hominy, so it’s worth a try.
Hailing from Columbia (see also ‘20 Delectable Colombian Desserts To Make Your Mouth Water‘), Sopa de Mute is a mouth-watering soup that balances pork and vegetables incredibly. The hogao is the stand-out ingredient of this soup.
Hogao is a Colombian creole sauce that has a tomato base. But if you’re a vegetarian or a vegan you can lose the pork and it will still taste delicious.
Binatog comes from the Philippines and has a distinct tropical vibe. This is because of the coconut flavors that make it work as a refreshing breakfast or delightful dessert.
This recipe is super simple, both in the ingredients you need and the process. If you’ve never tried hominy before, we recommend starting with Binatog.
Even if you’re a big meat eater you’ll love this vegan posole! Traditionally a meat soup, this recipe transforms it into a rich veggie treat bursting with exciting flavors.
Hominy is of course one of the main ingredients, alongside sweet potato, fire-roasted tomatoes, and poblano peppers. It has a strong depth of flavor while remaining fresh.
However, if you would like a more traditional posole, why not go for this recipe? The red chiles lend this soup a rich depth of flavor that goes superbly well with the browned pork shoulder.
But where does the hominy come in? Well, it gives the soup a meaty texture that pairs beautifully with the other ingredients. This hearty, spicy soup is a warming dish to make on a cold, winter day.
Eggs and bacon are a classic breakfast dish, so why not take it to the next level?
In this dish you cook hominy with bacon and let it absorb the grease, before topping the dish with a poached egg. The starchy texture of the hominy turns it into a hash, making for a unique breakfast.
Who doesn’t love a quesadilla? Especially when they’re this good! These hominy quesadillas are full of hominy, Mexican-style Rotel (see also ‘The 5 Best Substitutes For Rotel‘), and Velveeta cheese.
The cheese in particular makes for one creamy, decadent quesadilla, but if you’re not a fan of Velveeta you can switch it out for the cheese of your choice.
If you’re in the mood for a comforting Mexican dish, then why not tree this green chile hominy casserole (see also ‘23 Best Turkey Casseroles For A Dinner Night‘)?
It’s bursting with Mexican flavors of chorizo, hominy, and poblanos, and is covered in cheese and sour cream.
How delicious is that? This comforting cheesy, savory dish is ideal for big dinners, holiday celebrations, potlucks, and more.
21. Vegan Pozole
A traditional Mexican comfort dish with plenty of umami flavor, the main ingredients of pozole are meat and hominy which is then garnished with spices and vegetables.
However, this vegan pozole loses the meat but is still delicious and hearty, containing hominy, jalapeños, pinto beans, and tomatillos.
However, if you can get your hands on pinto beans you can swap them out for black beans, cannellini beans, and chickpeas – whatever you prefer!
This dish is inspired by Louisiana cuisine and is filled with bacon, chopped celery, green peppers, hominy, and tomatoes and cooked in special Cajun seasoning.
While the hominy is front and center, the special Cajun seasoning is a worthy contender as it makes the overall flavor of the dish much more exciting.
This hominy inspired by Cherokee cuisine is one you’re sure to enjoy making. It’s easy to make and you only need three ingredients.
You just need bacon, onions, and of course golden hominy to make this delicious, simple dish!
This black bean salad with hominy is another hominy-rich salad to add to your repertoire. It is full of fresh vegetables such as bell peppers, black beans, hominy, pinto beans, radishes, and red onions.
But it also has feta cheese and jalapeño and is seasoned with chipotle powder and lime vinaigrette that gives the salad an earthy, spicy flavor.
25. Hominy Cakes
These incredibly delicious cakes feature hominy, panko breadcrumbs, provolone cheese, and jalapeño peppers, as well as cayenne, cinnamon, and ground cumin to give the cakes more heat.
These are ideal to serve at Thanksgiving, and are best served warm.
This simple, sautéed hominy dish is both colorful and flavorful, and can be ready in no time.
There are minimal ingredients to this dish, but it has plenty of corn mouthfeel as well as bacon, cilantro, and tomato.
Its simplicity makes it a versatile dish to enjoy throughout the day. It can be served as a quick midweek dinner, or a quick breakfast with biscuits on the side.
27. Hominy With Eggs
Speaking of hominy breakfasts, this comforting dish is best served hot with queso fresco slices and washed down with black coffee.
Make sure to stir the hominy well so the kernels absorb the garlic, milk, and onions. This dish also contains adobo seasoning, chives, and cilantro.
This hominy dish is served with a rich tomatillo sauce containing cilantro and white onions.
It’s pretty simple to throw together. You just need to braise the tofu in the tasty sauce, mix it in with the hominy and salt which you then cook for 15-20 minutes at low temperatures.
To add some zest add a touch more cilantro and lime juice and serve with brown rice.
This casserole is full of cheesy, savory, and tomato flavors, and uses a lot of your pantry staples and is full of protein.
To make the dish less fatty you can use lean ground beef, or even better, ground turkey. If you’re new to cooking hominy, this is a great fish to start with.
This recipe is another example of a lively salad featuring hominy.
The diced vegetables and the dash of lime give the salad some freshness, and the black beans and corn give it a distinct Southwestern flavor, while the hominy brings Mexican flavors.
This makes an excellent side dish, or even just a healthy lunch. If you’re becoming bored by your usual salads, why not try this one?
If you’re in need of a simple Mexican side dish, then why not try this cilantro rice and hominy dish? Time to whip out the rice cooker!
The leafy cilantro and the sweet hominy make this dish a new favorite. An Instant Pot or rice cooker will ensure this dish always turns out perfectly.
What makes this dish incredible is how such simple ingredients can be used to create something so mouthwatering!
Hominy and white beans make up the base of this soup, and salsa verde gives it its kick. Plus, it can be made in 10 minutes! This recipe is sure to be a game changer in your kitchen.
This is the ideal meal to make if you’re thinking of doing a ‘breakfast for dinner’ night.
It combines canned hominy, pork sausage, and mature cheddar cheese into a mouth-watering casserole. Not to mention fluffy eggs! How can you resist?
This may be one of the best recipes for tortilla soup. The broth is spicy and garlicky, giving the shredded chicken and hominy a lot more flavor.
It’s up to you how many garnishes you use. You can go wild or keep it simple, and it’ll still taste amazing.
We recommend also adding a twist of lime and throwing in the tortilla strips before you serve.
The secret to amazing corn nuts is to use hominy. These homemade corn nuts are excellent to snack on, and so simple to make you’ll never have to buy them from the store again!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Do You Need To Soak Hominy For?
You should soak hominy in cold water for 8 hours before draining. You should then add them to a large pot with one chopped onion in 2 inches of water.
Bring it to a hard-boil over a high heat for 5 minutes, then bring it to a light simmer. Finally, cook the hominy until the consistency is chewy and tender without being chalky.
Does Hominy Need To Be Rinsed From A Can?
Depending on the recipe, you may need to drain or rinse the canned hominy. Dried hominy is a harder ingredient to work with that you need to handle similarly to dried beans, meaning they need to be rinsed and soaked overnight.
Is Hominy Better For You Than Corn?
Hominy is rather similar to corn in terms of nutrition. However, hominy has the edge in the nixtamalization process that helps the hominy to release the nutrients.
Whereas corn loses its niacin and vitamin B3 to make it more easily digestible. Hominy is also suitable for a gluten-free diet in its natural form.
No matter what form hominy takes, it’s certain to make a massive difference to any dish – in a good way!
It has a mild but still unique taste and chewy texture which makes it a versatile ingredient sure to complement a wide range of other ingredients.
If you’ve never tried hominy before or are a bit unsure, we hope this article has helped you realise its true potential.