Pork Stew

Posted on 12. Jan, 2012 by in Comfort Food, Family Dinners

Layers of flavors slow cooked and melded together deliver a deep sense of comfort. After a dinner like this you just smile and relax. I like to take this dish to pot luck gatherings accompanied by small dishes of toppings like avocado, sour cream or baked spicy garbanzo beans.

  • 6 dry pasilla peppers
  • 2 lbs boneless pork shoulder or boston butt
  • 1/4 c light oil like sunflower or grapeseed
  • 2 cups sliced onions
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic sliced
  • 1 cup dark beer
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 cups tomatillos chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup dice tomatoes
  • 1 large jalepeno seeds removed and chopped – use 2 to give it more kick
  • 2 t red pepper flakes

Heat a skillet and place the dry peppers in, turn quickly to soften skin and keep from burning.  Heat peppers for a few minutes then place in a pot with 3 cups of boiling water.  Off the heat and let the peppers sit for 20 minutes. Cut pork into chunks and remove large pieces of fat. Salt and pepper meat. Heat oil in a dutch oven and brown the seasoned pork chunks on all sides for about 5 minutes. Remove pork and place in a bowl.  Add onions and cook till slightly browned add garlic and stir for 30 seconds.  Add beer and scrape up any stuck pieces on the bottom of the pan. Add orange juice, broth, tomatillos, tomatoes, meat and juices from the meat, and the liquid from the pasilla peppers. Bring to a boil and place covered into a preheated 350 oven for 1 1/2 hours.  Remove from oven and use two forks to shred the pork and remove any excess fat.  Taste for salt and pepper.  Serve with toppings like sour cream, feta, avocado chunks, shredded cabbage and spicy baked garbanzo beans.

Spicy Baked Garbanzo Bean

  • 2T olive oil
  • 3 cloves of roasted garlic
  • pinch of cayenne, thyme, cumin, coriander
  • 1 15 oz can garbanzo beans rinsed and dryed

Place all ingredients in a bowl and add the beans to coat.  Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


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5 Responses to “Pork Stew”

  1. Jen C. 14 January 2012 at 5:31 am #

    That sounds incredible!

    • ej 14 January 2012 at 11:37 pm #

      This is another “fill the house with wonderful smells” dish! enjoy, ej

  2. ivey 14 January 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Yumm…my peps will love this!

    • ej 14 January 2012 at 11:34 pm #

      Let me know how it turns out!

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