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Greens and Potato Soup with Hominy and Pinto Beans

Golden-edged pan-fried potatoes with tender pinto beans and chunky hominy corn, seasoned with a finger-size green chile and aromatic cumin—this greens and potato soup speaks Southwestern! Slightly bitter leafy greens simmered ‘til soft in the chunky rich vegetable broth—well howdy-do.

Vegetarian Greens and Potato Soup with hominy and pinto beans, in bowls with spoons

Blessed soup and salad—dinner’s savior. I swear, at least twice a week, dinner is a hot bowl of hearty soup alongside a big tossed salad. This greens and potato soup with hominy and pinto beans is our new favorite, at least for today.

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Our soup and salad meals are practically always different—we are nowhere near a rut–I’m always switching up the proteins and grains and greens.

Sometimes these dinner soups start with beans. Another time soup, a grain inspires the soup, like in barley and chicory soup, or farro and hearty greens soup. Whatever is the base, stir in a bunch of chopped leafy greens at the very end.

hominy in can, pinto beans, potatoes, greens, and green chile--ingredients for Greens and Potato Soup

What kind of greens are we talking about? There are options, that’s for sure. For this incarnation I used beet greens, the tops of yellow beets. Mustard greens and collard greens are good choices too. I’ve seen a mess o’ greens Southern Greens Blend at Trader Joe’s that would be perfect. Greens with tender leaves that don’t take long to cook are best for this recipe. If you want to use a sturdier green like kale, pre-boil the kale in water first.

Especially in soups with greens, fresh lemon juice or another acid is absolutely essential–because acid magically transforms flavor. Taste a spoonful of the broth before stirring in the lemon juice, and again after, you’ll see what I mean.

Vegetarian Greens and Potato Soup in bowl with green napkin

At the table, we sometimes crumble in salty Mexican cotija cheese. The dry cheese doesn’t melt, but takes on a meat-like texture that adds another dimension to vegetarian soups. Vegans, of course skip the cheese.

The ingredients balance each other so well this greens and potato soup with hominy and pinto beans is even more delightful the next day,  Prep enough soup to have extra—for tomorrow’s dinner you just heat the leftovers and toss together another fresh green salad. Soup and salad, simple, dinner’s on!

Ditch the can–cook pinto beans from scratch in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker

Greens and Potato Soup ingredient details:

  • If you find beets with intact, fresh-looking greens, grab them. Bonus–you get two vegetables, the beets and their greens, for the price of one. Let those beet-top greens be the inspiration for this soup.
  • Hominy is dried corn kernels, the hull and germ removed. Its toothy distinctive texture is essential to posole, the hearty Mexican stew. It usually comes in large cans–freeze the extra to make this Butternut Squash Posole later.

sautéed potatoes in skillet

  • You can use any variety of potato. Waxy red potatoes keep their chunky shape, in turn keeping this soup brothy, flaky potatoes will break down and actually thicken the broth.
  • One small fresh green chile, with the fiery hot seeds and veins removed, brings in savory flavor and spicy, but not a searing picante, ‘I-need-another-beer’ heat. No chile in the house? Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper instead.
  • No lemon juice? Grab the rice wine vinegar and substitute. It’s the acid that makes the difference.

#Eat Seasonal

Each month, Becky of Vintage Mixer orchestrates an #eatseasonal recipe roundup featuring produce listed in her seasonal food guide. This soup is part of February’s Roundup of recipe ideas. For more seasonal inspiration from a bevy of bloggers, follow the links below. We hope our recipes inspire you to cook something delicious in celebration of February’s seasonal bounty!

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Penne Pasta with Cauliflower and Pancetta by Foodie Crush

Rosemary Cheddar Cauliflower Cakes by Food for My Family

Creamed Brussel Sprout Tater Tot Casserole by Climbing Grier Mountain

Mexican Molletes (avocado, bean & cheese melts) by Simple Bites

Honey Mustard Citrus Chicken with Mango Chutney by Kitchen Confidante

Make it a fabulous week–get in the kitchen and cook yourself a warm and hearty soup!

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Nutrition information is meant to be an estimate only and does not include the optional cheese garnish. Nutrition numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

Nutrition Facts
Greens and Potato Soup with Hominy and Pinto Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1189mg52%
Potassium 445mg13%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1962IU39%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • This soup looks so comforting, Letty, and I love all of those hearty greens! Reply · 8 February, 2016

    • Hearty greens for the win! Thanks Marcie! Reply · 9 February, 2016

  • This is such a perfect winter soup. I always have lots of different greens on hand that I like to toss in at the end when I’m making soups. It’s such a great way to get a big dose of veggies! Reply · 8 February, 2016

    • Thanks Liz. There’s always something leafy and green in our fridge too. Reply · 9 February, 2016

  • Hominy is like my new thing. This soup proves why. I’ve been experimenting with hominy cakes (to very little success). You’ve inspired me to add taters to the mash. May my structural problems will disappear.GREG Reply · 8 February, 2016

    • Hominy cakes with mashed potatoes sound like a great idea. Polenta as well? Have you been chopping the hominy for your experiments or leaving it whole? Reply · 9 February, 2016

  • This soup sounds so hearty and comforting! I love pinto beans, they seem to be so underused and overshadowed by kidney, navy and black beans. And the hominy addition sounds like the perfect idea! Thanks for sharing! Reply · 13 February, 2016

    • Thanks Lucie–pintos for the win! Reply · 14 February, 2016

  • Oh Letty, this recipe sounds amazing! I love everything in it and now I have another way to use hominy. Yay! 🙂 Reply · 16 February, 2016

    • Thank you Nancy. And in your part of the world you can buy hominy that’s vacuum-packed–not canned! Reply · 16 February, 2016

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