Now that fall is here, it’s time to start cooking things that warm you up. In New Mexico, we add our world famous red or green chile to just about everything. Much like carne adovada, this recipe will certainly have all the flavor you wished for but takes less time to make. And when you have a hungry family to feed, sometimes time is key. So, don’t sacrifice flavor for a quick meal, with this Pork Stew in Red Chile Sauce Recipe – (Asado de Chile Colorado).
- 1 1/2 lb Boneless pork shoulder; trimmed of some but not all of its fat; cut into 3/4 inch cubes
- 1 Tbsp Salt
- 15 New Mexico Red Chile Pods
- 2 Cloves garlic; coarsely chopped
- 1 Bay leaf; preferably Mexican
- 1 tsp (heaping) crumbled dried oregano
- Arrange the pork in one or two layers in a wide, heavy, flameproof casserole. Barely cover with water, and season with salt. Cover and cook over moderate heat until almost tender, about 30 minutes. Drain off most of the broth and reserve, adding enough water to make 2 1/2 cups. Continue to cook the pork uncovered until the fat has been rendered and the meat is slightly browned, about 5 minutes longer.
- Meanwhile, remove the stems, seeds, and veins from the New Mexico Red Chiles. Add them to boiling water and set aside to soak for 15 minutes. Drain.
- Pour 1/3 cup of the reserved pork broth into a blender. Add the garlic, bay leaf, and oregano and blend until smooth. Add the mixture to the pork in the casserole and fry for a few seconds.
- Add 1 more cup of the reserved broth and the drained chiles, a few at a time, to the blender and puree. Strain the chiles over the pork through a fine-mesh sifter, pressing to extract as much of the flesh and juice as possible. Fry the pork, scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking, for about 5 minutes longer.
- Add the remaining pork broth to the casserole and cook over low heat until the meat is tender and the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 1 hour. Season with salt. Serve warm. 4 servings. (MAKE AHEAD: The stew can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. Rewarm over moderately low heat.)