Flavors of enchiladas and pozole.
In a stew pot heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Saute 2 minced onions and 3 cloves garlic. Add a teaspoon of salt. Continue to cook until golden without browning. Add 12 skinless chicken thighs and cook until meat gets some color; turn to cook other side.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat ¼ to ⅓ cup vegetable oil —not olive oil, please. (Each time I make this the amount of oil grosses me out, but then I remember back to all the lard that got used when I worked in a Mexican restaurant and I somehow accept what I’m doing.) As it heats up, add ¼ cup flour and stir to make a roux. Make sure it cooks long enough so it won’t have a floury taste. Add ⅓ cup (medium-hot) chili powder and stir in 3 cups of water, stirring until smooth. Add 1½ tsp salt. Add mixture back in with the chicken.
Add drained cans of pozole (a.k.a. white hominy): I used 3 29-ounce cans for this batch but I really love hominy. You can probably get by with less.
Bring to a simmer and cook covered on lowest possible heat. Stir from time to time so all the chicken gets moved around in the sauce. Make sure nothing sticks or burns. Serve with Sadie’s Spanish Rice and refried beans.