Last year for Christmas I received a ristra of New Mexico dried red chiles. From the chiles I made a pork stew that simmers in the oven until the pork is fork tender. Served over rice or in tortillas you have a succulent dish that melds the mild pork with the heat of the chiles. —lakelurelady
canola oil, divided
large garlic cloves, minced
freshly ground black pepper
boneless pork butt, trimmed and meat cut into cubes
large dried red New Mexico chiles, seeded ground in spice grinder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large, heavy-bottomed, ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until onions are golden, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute or two. Transfer onions and garlic to a bowl with a slotted spoon.
In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, cumin, and pepper. Add pork and toss to coat. Return pot to medium-high heat, add remaining 1 tbsp. oil, and working in batches, lightly brown meat on all sides. Transfer meat to a separate bowl as you go.
Return onions and garlic to pot. Sprinkle onion mixture with ground chiles and cook, stirring for about 2 minutes. Add broth, stirring to loosen browned bits from bottom of pot. Whirl sauce in a blender until smooth. Return sauce to pot and add bay leaf and reserved pork.
Cover pot. Place in preheated oven and cook for 1 hour. Set lig slightly ajar and cook until pork is fork=tender, about 1 more hour. Remove bay leaf before serving.
Serve over rice or in flour tortillas with sour cream.
I have been a serious cook from the time I first took an introductory course in French Cooking from Irena Chalmers, a cookbook author and instructor at the CIA. My first love is French cooking but I also value the importance of fresh local ingredients. The freshest ingredients seasoned right and prepared with love will result in the perfect meal.