Before I was married I had no clue what hominy was. Yes, I knew it was some sort of food, but besides that, I was clueless about it. I think growing up in the 1970’s and 80’s in Oregon might have something to do with that. Oregon is pretty culturally diverse when it comes to food, unless it is southern style food. Things like grits, hominy, okra, and biscuits and gravy were not a part our everyday food. I was pretty clueless on what southern food was.
Over the years though I have learned to cook and like more and more of these dishes. I can now say I like most of these things. Well, besides okra, I could write a whole post on the first time I ate okra. I think the northwest girl part of me will always dislike okra, but grits, hominy, and biscuits and gravy are now actually things I enjoy.
I was first served hominy at my inlaws. My mother inlaw served it like you would corn. It was heated with a little salt and butter. It was good this way, but I thought you could easily do much more with it. So, I started looking for other ways to serve it.
Over the years I have seen and made many recipes for hominy type casseroles and dishes. I adapted one of my favorites for the crockpot. I like the crockpot version because the flavors really blend together well when cooked for several hours. I also like this because it is an easy dish to take somewhere. I have taken this version to quite a few church dinners over the years because it is so simple to prepare and everyone enjoys it.
Do you like hominy? If so how do you serve it?
Southwestern Slow Cooked Hominy
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) yellow hominy, drained
- 1 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes
- 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese ( or a little more I don’t usually measure the cheese)
Fry onion in about 1 tablespoon of oil until tender. Combine cooked onion and remaining ingredients and place into crockpot and cook on low for 2-3 hours.
This post linked to What’s In Your Crockpot.