Pork and Poblano Stew


A fall classic from the recipe archive! ~Elise

Every time I look at a picture of this pork and poblano stew I want to eat it all over again. This is one of those lick-every-last-drop stews, so good!

Early fall is peak chile season, and we have plenty of poblanos in the garden. Every few days I pick a few chiles, char them over direct flame on the gas stove, let them steam a bit in their own heat, and then scrape off the char.

Usually we eat them right away, sometimes just with some olive oil and salt drizzled over, or wrapped in a warmed corn tortilla with a little cheese.

Pork and Poblano Stew

This time though, we decided to make pork stew with the poblanos, a stew reminiscent of pozole, but with corn and sweet potatoes instead of hominy.

Swirling in a spoonful of Mexican crema or sour cream right before serving makes the stew just lightly creamy and provides a soothing balance to the mildly spicy chiles.

Pork and Poblano Stew Recipe

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 hours
  • Yield: Serves 8

Toasted shelled pumpkin seeds make a nice accent to this hearty stew. Use them if you have them, if not, don't worry, the stew will not suffer from their absence.


  • 4 to 5 poblano chile peppers (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds pork shoulder, trimmed, cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces
  • Salt
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo, minced
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 quart chicken stock (use gluten-free stock for gluten-free option)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn (no need to defrost if frozen)
  • 1 large (about 1/2 pound) sweet potato, peeled and diced (about 1/2 to 3/4-inch cubes)
  • Sour cream
  • Cilantro
  • Toasted shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas) Optional


1 Char, peel, and chop the poblano chiles: Char the chile peppers on all sides, directly over a gas flame, or broil, turning every minute or so until the chiles are blackened on all sides.

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Place in a bowl and cover with a clean dish towel. Let sit for 10 minutes or so, then rub off the blackened charred skin.

Cut away and discard the stem, seeds, and internal veins. Roughly chop the chiles into 1 to 2 inch pieces. Set aside.

2 Sear the cubed pork: Heat the vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven on medium high heat. Pat dry the pork pieces with a paper towel and brown them, working in batches as to not crowd the pan. Sprinkle salt generously over the pork while they brown.

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3 Sauté the onions and garlic: Remove the pork from the pan and set aside. Add the chopped onion and cumin to the pan and cook about 5 minutes, until translucent.

Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan while the onions cook. Add garlic and cook for a minute more.


4 Add the chipotle, poblanos, pork, chicken stock and oregano, simmer: Add the chopped chipotle to the onions and garlic. Return the browned pork to the pan. Add the chopped poblano chiles to the pan. Add the chicken stock and oregano. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and let cook for 1 hour.

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5 Add sweet potato, corn: After an hour, add the diced sweet potato and corn to the stew. Cook for another half hour to 45 minutes, until the pork is tender and the sweet potatoes are cooked through.

To serve, spoon out the stew into bowls. Swirl in a spoonful of sour cream to each bowl. Top with chopped fresh cilantro and toasted shelled pumpkin seeds.

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  • Richard Hill

    I’ve made this twice in the last month. I make a big batch each time. my wife takes it to work for lunch.

  • Christy

    I have made this once before. Great recipe! I started making this to freeze for the holidays, but the sweet potato has gone bad. Would it be too spicy to add the hominy and omit the corn? Or maybe I should just add the corn? Help!

  • Danielle

    Could you do this in a slow cooker? If so how long would you recommend to cook?

  • Leslie

    Hi Elise!!!

    Just made this…thought it was one you just put up, but apparently I am wrong as you have many here that have made it…

    Anyhoo, ALL 6 OF US LOVED IT!!! The only things I had to change was using Pasillo Chilies instead of Pablano. And I didn’t have sour cream…was bummed about that, but what is a girl to do? EAT IT ANYWAY!!! LOL And it was yummy.

    I also took the opportunity to teach my 16 and 13 yob’s how to roast, peel and seed a pepper. They were quite helpful doing it and learned something to boot!

    Thanks so much. I always tell my children when they are making dinner (which they all do) I tell them to go to SimplyRecipes because EVERYTHING is yummy.

    Say hi to your mom and dad for me ;)

    :) Leslie

  • Ben K.

    @Kali I made it last night with chicken breast (similar situation to yours) and it was great. I agree with Elise that thighs would be better, though, if you have them… breast was just a bit dry (though still plenty tasty).

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