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Mexican Pork Stew

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Ingredients
  Boneless pork shoulder 1 1⁄2 Pound
  Dried chili pepper 1 , dried (Hot Or Mild , Such As Ancho Or Pasilla)
  Olive oil/Canola oil 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Sweet green peppers 2 , diced
  Onions 2 Large, coarsely chopped
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), finely chopped
  Ground cumin 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  All purpose flour 1 Tablespoon
  Canned crushed tomatoes 28 Ounce (1 Can)
  Chicken stock/Beef stock 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Unsweetened cocoa 1 Tablespoon
  Canned red kidney beans 16 Ounce, drained and rinsed (1 Can)
  Salt 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Use a meat knife or kitchen scissors to cut off all the fat and cartilage from the pork.
2. Slice the meat into 1-inch cubes.
3. In a marinating bowl, soak the chili pepper in hot water for about 20 minutes or until very soft.
4. Wear rubber gloves and drain the chili pepper then slit open, remove and discard pith and seeds and finely chop.

MAKING
5. In a Dutch oven or casserole, heat 1 tablespoon oil over moderately high heat.
6. Add the green peppers, onions, and garlic and sauté them for 10 minutes until softened and lightly browned.
7. Add cumin and sauté for a couple of minutes until well blended and aromatic.
8. Using a slotted spoon, remove the vegetables to a plate.
9. Add and heat remaining oil
10. When hot, add the pork cubes and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes or until evenly browned. Sprinkle with the flour and sauté for a few minutes until flour is cooked.
11. Return the vegetables to the Dutch oven along with the chopped chili pepper, canned tomatoes, and stock.
12. Bring to a boil, then cover with the lid.
13. Reduce the heat and allow the meat to simmer for almost 2 hours until the pork fork tender.
14. Just before reheating to serve, in a small bowl, blend the cocoa in about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
15. Stir this mixture into the stew along with the beans.
16. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
17. Simmer for about 5 minutes to blend the flavors and until the stew is heated.

SERVING
18. Serve the stew over rice or with tortillas.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Mexican
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Stewed
Ingredient: 
Pork
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
140 Minutes
Ready In: 
160 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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