|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 48g||62%|
|Saturated Fat 17g||83%|
|Total Carbohydrate 16g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 8g||29%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 4mg||22%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Carne adovada is pork stewed in a sauce of ground dried chiles. If you've never encountered it before, adovada (you may also see it as "adobada") is Spanish for “marinated." In general, this means to cook something in an adobo sauce, which is one made with chiles and flavored with spices.
Don't be alarmed by the full cup of ground red chile powder required; New Mexican red chiles are relatively mild. The stew is warming but never gets too spicy.
In New Mexico, you can find carne adovada on breakfast menus, which may well be one of the best things about New Mexico. However, it makes a delicious meal any time of day. No matter when you eat it, serve carne adovada with corn tortillas.
Note that for this stew, you want to use a tougher cut in with some fat, like the butt/shoulder. The meat will become more tender from the long, slow cooking.
Dried ground New Mexican red chile powder is available online, specialty spice retailers, and supermarkets with extensive spice selections. Keep in mind that it is different from chili powder, which often contains other ingredients such as onion powder and paprika, for example.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 pounds pork butt or pork shoulder, well-trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 tablespoon flour, or masa harina
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup (8 ounces) New Mexican red chile powder
5 to 6 cups water, divided
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
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 browned well 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 flour or masa 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. Only fill the blender about 1/2 to 2/3 full and be sure to hold a kitchen towel over the top to protect yourself (and your walls) from any potential splatters.
Return the chile mixture to the pot. If you have a hand-held immersion blender, this is a good time to use it.
Once the sauce is blended, add another 1 cup of water and the browned pork and 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 carne adovada hot.
Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients
Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.
How to Store and Freeze Carne Adovada
You can store leftovers in the fridge for 3 to 4 days, and freeze them in freezer-safe containers or zip-close freezer bags for up to 3 months.
What Is the Difference Between Carne Asada and Carne Adovada?
Carne adovada is pork that's cooked slowly in a red chile sauce. Carne asada is beef that marinated and usually grilled; it's typically made with flank steak or skirt steak.