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Pozole rojo, a traditional soup of Mexico, as served at El Amigo restaurant.

Pozole rojo is always in season

Published: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 - 8:57 am

You won’t find slow-simmered pozole rojo at the chain Mexican restaurants owned by corporations run by suits who likely wouldn’t know a molé from a guacamole. But you will find the traditional homemade soup at family-run Mexican restaurants such as El Amigo in East Sacramento and La Placita in South Sacramento.

Pozole and menudo (tripe soup) could be the national dishes of Mexico, just as the beef noodle soup “pho” is so identified with Vietnamese cuisine.

At El Amigo, our “small” bowl of deeply flavored broth brimmed with balls of firm hominy (hull-less, germless kernels of corn) and chunks of tender pork ($7.50). The broth is from a passed-down family recipe, bright with red chiles, onion and garlic, and herbs and spices. The from-scratch soup is made daily, said Miriam Flores, standing behind the bar. “We’re all family here,” she said.

Also, check out the salsa with warm tortilla chips. The condiment is a blend of tomato, chili powder, garlic, white and green onions, cumin, cilantro and jalapeno. Just enough heat.

El Amigo is at 5722 Folsom Blvd., (916) 451-8482. La Placita is at 8164 Florin Road, (916) 386-0982.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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