Crock-Pot Pork Posolé

I found this recipe online (One Perfect Bite) and I probably modified it somewhat depending upon the ingredients and vegetables I had in the fridge.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 (14.5-oz.) cans hominy, white or gold, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (15.5-oz.) can kidney beans, undrained
2 tablespoons diced jalapeno or other green chilies
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup jarred prepared mole (mole can be found in Latin section of your grocery store) the grocery store]
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
Optional Garnish:
Sour cream
Fresh chopped cilantro

1) Spray 5-quart crock-pot with nonstick cooking spray. Heat olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add pork and saute until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to crock-pot. Add onions, carrots and garlic to pan and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to crock-pot. Stir in bell pepper, hominy, tomatoes, kidney beans and jalapenoes. Mix well.

2) In a separate bowl, combine tomato paste, peanut butter, mole sauce, cumin, oregano, chili powder, cinnamon and 2 cups chicken broth. Whisk until thoroughly combine.Stir in remaining 2 cups broth. Pour over mixture in crock-pot and stir to combine.

3) Cover crock-pot and cook on LOW for 6 hours, or on HIGH for 3 hours. The completed posolé should have the consistency of a stew. If it is too thick, thin with additional chicken broth or water. If too watery, dissolve 2 tablespoon of flour in 1/4 cup broth. When smooth add 2 cups of liquid from stew and stir until smooth. Return to pot and cook until posolé comes to a simmer and thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Ladle into warm bowls and garnish with sour cream and cilantro. Serve with warm tortilla or cornbread.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings.