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Carne Adobada Recipe (Red Chile Pork Stew)

Red Chile and Pork Stew Recipe

Red Chile and Pork Stew or Carne Adobada Recipe is a favorite in New Mexico. It is a well-blended pork recipe that has a very strong taste and no one can refrain from eating it. One not so secret but important ingredient in this dish is the New Mexico Chile powder. This red smoky powder gives the dish its unique taste that which everyone will surely love. This is not for the faint-hearted because it is relatively hot but if you like spicy foods then you there is a strong possibility you’ll get addicted to this dish.

Red Chile and Pork Stew Recipe

Carne Adobada Recipe Preparation

To enjoy Carne Adobada (Red Chile and Pork Stew) fully, the chiles must be heated in Dutch oven. Make sure to turn the chiles once until it is toasted and then can be transferred to a bowl and topped off with boiling water. A good and well-seasoned with salt and pepper also makes or breaks this dish. To come up with a spectacular dish, some you need more ingredients like clove, lime juice, and cayenne. You don’t really need any kind of store-bought sauce here as all you need is some flour to thicken the excess liquid from the softened chiles. Stir all the ingredients together and some salt if needed. (View our Chiles Rellenos Recipe)

Red Chile and Pork Stew (Carne Adobada)
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Serves: 4
  • 3 oz. New Mexico chiles
  • 1 teaspoon New Mexico chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon. honey
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1⁄2 lime (juice)
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless pork shoulder, cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Warm corn tortillas, for serving
For Serving:
  • cilantro leaves (not necessary)
  • tortillas or rice
  1. In the oven over medium-high heat dry chiles, around 10-15 minutes (turning once, that both sides toasted ).
  2. Put a large bowl, cover with 4 cups boiling water, and let stay for 20 minutes.
  3. Drain chiles, reserving 1 cup soaking liquid, and transfer chiles with liquid to a blender, also put: chile powder, honey, vinegar, cumin, cloves, cayenne, and lime juice. Mix until smooth and set sauce aside.
  4. In big frying pan heat to medium-high, add oil with pork, salt, and pepper.
  5. Cook until browned on all sides (5 to 15 minutes)
  6. Add sauce and reduce heat to medium-low and continue cook, until liquid is thickened and pork is tender, it could take around from 50 to 90 minutes.
  7. Serve with warm corn tortillas or rice.
Carne Adobada Main Ingredients
Carne Adobada Main Ingredients

Carne Adobada Method of Cooking

Carne Adobada Recipe

Carne Adobada Serving

Carne Adobada

Carne Adobada Ready to Serve Final

Serving Carne Adobada Recipe

Once the Carne Adobada is piping hot, you can transfer it to a bowl and serve with warm Tortillas. You can top it with sour cream and cheddar cheese and partner it with coleslaw if you want variety. This dish is best eaten with family and friends while watching boxing or football or at dinner time after an afternoon at the shooting range. This dish gives off a masculine appeal because it is spicy and hot and the flavors are robust but women love this too so you can really serve it to anyone as they will love it.

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