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Asado de Puerco served on a decorative clay plate next to rice, beans, and nopales.
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5 from 3 votes

Asado de Puerco

Asado de Puerco is made of FLAVORFUL pork cooked in a rich chile sauce. Cooked to perfection and off-the-charts delicious! 
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American/ Mexican
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 564kcal

Ingredients

For the Pork:

  • 5 lbs pork loin (chopped into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup water

For the Sauce:

Instructions

For the Pork:

  • Place diced pork, salt, bay leaves, onion, garlic, and water in a large stock pot.
  • Cook covered for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and continue cooking until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • About 20 minutes.
  • The pork will begin to crisp up.
  • Remove and discard the bay leaves, onion, and garlic.

For the Sauce:

  • Boil 4 cups of water.
  • In the meantime, remove the stems, seeds, and veins from the dried chiles.
  • Place the dried chiles in the boiling water.
  • Cover and turn off the heat.
  • Let sit for 5-7 minutes, or until chiles are pliable.
  • Discard water.
  • Add the rehydrated chiles, onion, garlic, 1 cup water, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, thyme, and vinegar.
  • Blend the sauce.
  • Set aside until ready to use.
  • Once the pork is slightly brown, [lace a strainer above the stock pot.
  • Strain the sauce into the pot.
  • Add 2 cups of water into the blender.
  • Gently shake the blender with the water to get any remaining chile sauce.
  • Strain the liquid into the pot.
  • Add the orange peel.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Taste for salt. Add salt, if needed.
  • Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove orange peel and serve.

Notes

Some people will fry the pork in lard instead of cooking in water. This recipe is a leaner version. Either method is fine. 
How Long Does It Last? In the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 564kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 87g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 238mg | Sodium: 1768mg | Potassium: 1745mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4342IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3mg