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5 from 2 votes

Greens and Potato Soup with Hominy and Pinto Beans

A hearty vegetarian soup with potatoes, hominy corn, pinto beans and your choice of nutritious greens like chard, spinach, beet greens, collards. Serve with a tossed green salad for a simple nutritious dinner.  
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Southwestern
Keyword: hominy, leafy greens, pinto beans, potatoes
Servings: 8 servings.
Calories: 114kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound red potatoes , well-scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 7 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked pinto beans, from scratch, or 1 (15-ounce) can, rinsed and drained (see note)
  • 1 cup hominy , rinsed and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 serrano or jalapeno chile , seeds and veins removed, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 7 ounces (about 6 cups) fresh greens (see note)
  • 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (see note)
  • Crumbled cotija or feta cheese for garnish (optional)


  • In a non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add potatoes and salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the vegetable broth in a large soup pot. Add the pinto beans, hominy, garlic, chile pepper and cumin.
  • Wash the greens and remove the stems. Coarsely chop them and stir into the broth.
  • When the potatoes are golden brown, add them. Simmer the soup until the potatoes are just tender, 10 to 15 more minutes.
  • Add the lemon juice, taste and season with more salt and pepper, if needed.


  • Greens with tender leaves that don’t take long to cook are best for this recipe.
  • Apple cider vinegar can be substituted for the lemon juice.


Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1189mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1962IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg