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Five Places To Find Pozole in Las Vegas

Hominy, chiles, and all the right flavor come together in this Mexican stew

El Dorado Cantina
Pozole at El Dorado Cantina
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Often associated with holidays such as Christmas, New Years Eve, and Mexican Independence Day, pozole is a traditional Mexican stew with a base of hominy, corn that’s dried and softened while being cooked in an alkaline solution. Cooks typically prepare the dish with pork, or another protein such as chicken, but vegetarian options also exist. The savory, warm, spicy stew combines the textures of tender meat, fresh radish, and creamy avocado for a profile that’s dynamic and classic.

In Las Vegas, pozole options range from popular haunts just off the Strip to destinations that take diners into some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Here are five places to find the Mexican stew:

Pozole at El Menudazo
Pozole at El Menudazo
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A local favorite for pozole

Las Vegas locals are quick to mention El Menudazo when asked about pozole. The restaurant may specialize in menudo, which looks like pozole but is actually prepared with tripe, but its pozole, which is slow-cooked with pork and available in two sizes, is a hit too.

El Menudazo, 3100 E. Lake Mead Blvd., North Las Vegas; 702-944-9706

Pozole at Los Lupes
Pozole at Los Lupes
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Warm pozole and cold margaritas

With locations in Mesquite, and Victorville, California, Los Lupes has been serving Mexican food in the southwest since owners Maria and Guadalupe Martinez opened the original location in 1998. The Las Vegas location, which can be found in the Frias Shopping Center in Spring Valley, pairs a hearty pozole with frozen margaritas.

Los Lupes, 5255 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite 115; 702-545-0606

Pozole at Abuela’s Tacos
Pozole at Abuela’s Tacos
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Pozole worth waiting all week for

Weekends are for pozole at Abuela’s Tacos. Each Saturday and Sunday, the eastside restaurant prepares the signature stew for diners who have been waiting all week to order a bowl. The menu also includes tacos and burritos made with homemade tortillas.

Abuela’s Tacos, 4225 E. Sahara Ave.; 702-431-0284

Pozole at Las Cazuelas
Pozole at Las Cazuelas
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A hidden gem in Silverado Ranch

Tucked away in a strip mall in Silverado Ranch, Las Cazuelas offers a casual, counter-service restaurant that serves as an homage to Puebla (the name is a reference to the clay pots used to cook the city’s regional cuisine). Here, diners can order pozole served with onions, radish, lettuce, and tortilla chips.

Las Cazuelas, 9711 S. Eastern Ave.; 702-837-0204

Pozole at El Dorado Cantina
Pozole at El Dorado Cantina
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Pozole at midnight

The 24-hour Mexican spot El Dorado Cantina brings pozole to diners craving the dish late at night just moments from the Strip — or just moments from a strip club, considering the restaurant shares a building with Sapphire. The massive menu at El Dorado Cantina features pozole made with pork, hominy, and cabbage along with chips and arbol salsa.

El Dorado Cantina, 3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive; 702-722-2289

The Best Mexican Restaurants in Las Vegas [ELV]

Abuela's Tacos

4225 East Sahara Avenue, , NV 89104 (702) 431-0284 Visit Website

Las Cazuelas

9711 South Eastern Avenue, , NV 89183 (702) 837-0204 Visit Website

Los Lupes

5255 S Decatur Blvd Ste 115, Las Vegas, NV 89118 (702) 545-0606 Visit Website

El Dorado Cantina

430 South Rampart Boulevard, , NV 89145 (702) 333-1112 Visit Website

El Menudazo

3100 E. Lake Mead Blvd., North Las Vegas, NV 89030 Visit Website