Pork Stewed in Guajillo Chile Mole

Pork Stewed in Guajillo Chile Mole
Staff Writer
Christopher Hirsheimer

The leathery skin of a guajilo chile, the mildly hot dried Mexican pepper that flavors this stew, needs to soak until it's soft enough to purée. Serve this stew with cornbread.

6
Servings
963
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 12  whole guajillo chiles, wiped with a damp paper towel
  • 5  Cups  hot chicken stock
  • 2/3  Cups  blanched almonds
  • 1  Tablespoon  ground cumin
  • 1  Tablespoon  dried oregano
  • 2  Teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  • 10  black peppercorns
  • Salt
  • 1  Cup  raisins
  • cloves garlic
  • 4  Tablespoons  vegetable oil
  • 6  Pounds  boneless pork butt or Boston butt, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • medium onions, sliced
  • Pepper
  • 1/2  bunch scallions, chopped
  • large handful cilantro leaves, chopped

Directions

Tear off the stems of the dried chiles and shake out the seeds. Heat a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet over medium heat. Toast the chiles in the skillet, pressing them down with tongs and turning once or twice, until they are fragrant and turn a slightly dark shade, 30-60 seconds. Transfer the chiles to a medium bowl. Pour 2 cups of the hot chicken stock over the chiles and set them aside to soak until soft and pliable, about 30 minutes.

Toast the almonds in the skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until pale golden brown, 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool completely. Add the cumin, oregano, cinnamon, and peppercorns to the skillet and toast the spices over medium heat, sitrring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a small bowl to cool. Finely grind the almonds with 1 teaspoon of salt in a food processor or blender. Add the chiles and their soaking liquid, along with the toasted spices, raisins, and garlic. Purée to a smooth paste. 

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the spice paste and fry, stirring to keep it from burning, until it becomes a shade darker and is very fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside. 

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Working in batches, brown the pork all over, about 5 minutes. Transfer the meat to a bowl as it browns. Add the onions to the pot and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 5 minutes. 

Return the pork and any accumulated juices to the pot. Stir in the spice paste. Add 2 cups of the stock and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer the stew over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the pork is tender, 2-3 hours. Add a little more stock to the pot if the stew begins to dry out. Serve the stew garnished with scallions and cilantro. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
46g
66%
Sugar
12g
13%
Saturated Fat
15g
63%
Cholesterol
277mg
92%
Carbohydrate, by difference
45g
35%
Protein
96g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
5µg
1%
Vitamin B-12
4µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
2mg
100%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
21µg
23%
Calcium, Ca
176mg
18%
Choline, total
370mg
87%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
44µg
11%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
187mg
58%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
19mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
7mg
100%
Phosphorus, P
1221mg
100%
Riboflavin
2mg
100%
Selenium, Se
137µg
100%
Sodium, Na
1478mg
99%
Thiamin
2mg
100%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
2µg
13%
Water
487g
18%
Zinc, Zn
16mg
100%

Pork Shopping Tip

Bone-in cuts tend to be slightly less expensive than their boneless counterparts, and have more flavor.

Pork Cooking Tip

According to the USDA, the recommended internal temperature for cooked pork should be 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pork Wine Pairing

Tempranillo, dolcetto, gewürztraminer, or muscat with roast pork; carmènere with  pork sausage; sangiovese, pinotage, or richer sauvignon blancs for stir-fried or braised pork dishes or pork in various sauces; syrah/shiraz, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nero d'avola, or primitivo with barbecued spareribs or pulled pork, or with cochinito en pibil and other Mexican-spiced pork dishes.

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