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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

My key ingredient: Guajillo chillies

Juan Flores, executive chef at Loca, explains why these chillies are the perfect base for Loca pozole verde, a classic that will feature on the eatery’s festive menu throughout December

Guajillo chillies. Getty Images
Guajillo chillies. Getty Images

Juan Flores, executive chef at Loca, explains why these chillies are the perfect base for Loca pozole verde, a classic that will feature on the eatery’s festive menu throughout December. “A good basic guajillo purée is a useful thing to have on hand and easy to make. It’s one of the simplest ways to add a little flavour to your soup. This dish really reminds me of the festive season in Guerrero, Mexico. It’s a real homemade classic that would sit on the stove for hours. You can enjoy with bolillo bread or just warm flour tortillas.”

Loca pozole verde

Serves four

Ingredients and method for the guajillo purée

50g guajillo chillies

50g garlic paste

3tbsp olive oil

Blend the garlic paste and olive oil. Remove seeds from the chillies and chop in a food processor. Place the chillies in a bowl and cover with olive oil and garlic mixture. Place in a saucepan over medium-high heat, cover and simmer for three minutes. Leave to cool.

Ingredients and method for the pozole verde

55g white onion

1 tbsp garlic purée

3 litres chicken stock

4 bay leaves

1kg beef topside

250ml guajillo purée

250g hominy (white corn)

Chopped coriander, radish and

avocado, all to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté onion and garlic until soft. Add chicken stock, bayleaf and beef, and cook until tender.

Remove beef and pull apart. Add guajillo paste and hominy, then bring to boil, adding the beef. Serve with fresh coriander, avocado and radish.

Loca pozole verde. Courtesy Loca
Loca pozole verde. Courtesy Loca

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