Note that you want to use a fatty, "tough" cut like butt/shoulder for this stew, since the meat will become more tender from the long, slow cooking. Learn more about pork cuts here.
Dried ground New Mexican red chile powder is available at Chimayo To Go.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 3 lbs. pork butt or pork shoulder, well-trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 onions, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. flour or masa harisa
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup (8 oz.) ground dried New Mexican red chile powder
- 6 cups water or broth
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once the pot is hot, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the pork pieces to brown them. Add only enough pork so the pieces are in a single layer and don't touch each other; you will likely need to do this in batches. The pork should sizzle the second it touches the pot; if it doesn't, remove it and wait for the pot to heat up. Cook the pork, undisturbed, until each piece is well-browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn and brown on all sides. Transfer the pork to a large bowl or plate and repeat with remaining batches as needed.
- When all the pork is browned and set aside, add the onions, garlic, and salt to the pot. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the onions with masa or flour and pepper and cook, stirring, until the raw flavor of the masa or flour cooks off (if you use flour it will smell a bit like pie crust), about 3 minutes.
- Add the ground chile and stir to combine. Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.
- In a blender, whirl the chile mixture until smooth. You may want to do this in batches, depending on the size of your blender. Be sure to hold a kitchen towels over the top to protect yourself (and your walls) from any potential splatters. Return the chile mixture to the pot. Add another 1 cup of water and the browned pork. Bring everything to a boil, cover, transfer to the oven, and bake for 1 hour.
- Take the pot out of the oven and stir the stew after the first hour. Add an additional 1 cup of water to the pot if the stew seems dry. Recover the pot and return it to the oven to bake until the pork falls apart when you try to cut it with a fork and the sauce is thick, about 1 more hour. Serve the chile hot.
Makes 6 servings Carne Adovada.