Jr.’s Chicken Pozole Rojo to Feed Your Mexican Soul
- December 2020
- By Jr. Garcia
- Recipe from Mexico
I’ve been making my chicken pozole rojo for about five years now, I’d say. I started to tap into my Mexican culture, past and passion for cooking and “reliving” my childhood, if you will. I had started to miss my mom’s cooking, and was getting sick of eating the same old thing over and over again. Plus, I got married in 2015 and have been all about the kitchen ever since.
I kind of taught myself how to make my pozole with the help of my mom, who is my best friend, and my memory of taste and smells. I thought to myself one day, “Man, I could really use Mom’s pozole right now.”
Restaurants weren’t cutting it. Nothing tasted like home, so I thought I’d bring home to me—in my own kitchen. It was a cold winter night, and I was in the mood for something flavorful, brothy and HOT. Hours later, I was sitting at my kitchen counter squeezing lime into my first go at pozole, and it was AMAZING.
I was so proud and so happy. I called my mom right away, and ever since then I’ve been the sole pozole maker for my family—for holidays and events. I make pozole at least once a month. I get requests for it now from family and friends. I particularly enjoy making and eating pozole during the colder Iowa months, and it is a staple dish for Thanksgiving AND Christmas.
I genuinely enjoy making traditional Mexican recipes. It means the world to me. I have a passion for it, and I love sharing a part of who I am, and where I came from with my husband (who is white) and/or others who have not yet had the privilege of trying authentic Mexican meals.
It makes me happy to see his reaction after taking the first bite of my work, my culture, my history, and seeing a smile on his face fills my heart with joy. Making traditional Mexican food is more to me than just eating and filling our tummies. It goes beyond that. It feeds the soul, and the spirit as well. My favorite Mexican dishes to make are:
2. Caldo de pollo with Mexican rice
My heritage means the world to me. It is who I am, and WHY I am. At a younger age, I would tend to run from my heritage and culture. I was afraid of being different, being categorized or being dismissed—not taken seriously. For years I fought to meet and exceed what I thought the world expected of me. Once I reached that goal, I found that I had lost an important part of who I was: Mexican. That saddened me, and left me with a void.
Since then, I’ve done everything I could to embrace my heritage and culture. I celebrate it. I educate others, and I take every opportunity I can to highlight that there is no “normal.” Being different and having a different heritage/background is OK, and should be celebrated! It is what makes the world and humans so interesting.
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