Clemole Rojo de Pollo
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5 from 2 votes

Clemole de Pollo

Mexican style chicken stew with a red guajillo chile and tomato broth prepared with white corn, chayote, zucchini squash, green beans and epazote.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Soup / Stew
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken dish, chicken soup, chicken stew
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Douglas Cullen


  • 6 pieces of chicken legs and/or thighs
  • 2 ears of white corn
  • 2 chayotes
  • 1 white onion
  • 1/3 lb. green beans
  • 2 medium zucchini squash calabacita
  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 6 sprigs of fresh epazote or 2 tbsp. dried
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 4 to 6 limes
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt + as needed
  • 18 corn tortillas warmed


  • Break open the chiles and remove the seeds and veins.
  • Place the chiles in a pan and just cover with water.
  • Bring the water to a boil and then turn off the heat and allow the chiles to reconstitute for 15 minutes.
  • Add the whole tomatoes to a pot and cover them with water.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Blend the tomatoes and chiles with a little bit of the water you used to soak the chiles to form a loose paste.
  • Set aside the chile tomato base.
  • SOUP
  • Put the chicken in the pot with 8 cups of water, the whole onion and the head of garlic. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Don't brown the chicken before cooking.
  • Add the chunks of corn, chayote and epazote. Cook for 15 more minutes over low heat.
  • Add the chunks of zucchini squash and green beans.
  • Strain the blended guajillo chile tomato base directly into the pot.
  • Bring to a boil and remove any foam that rises to the top.
  • Reduce the heat and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add 1 tsp. of salt. Then add as much salt as needed to your taste.
  • Discard the onion, epazote and head of garlic before serving.
  • Serve with sliced lime.


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 718mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 875IU | Vitamin C: 60.6mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 2.5mg