Pork and Poblano Stew

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Hearty fall stew with pork shoulder, roasted poblano chiles, chipotle, onions, sweet potatoes, and corn.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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

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  • 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.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 poblano chile peppers (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive 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 tablespoon 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

Method

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.

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.

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.

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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Braised Pork Poblano in Cream Sauce from Constables' Larder

Roasted Poblanos Stuffed with Pulled Pork from I Breathe I'm Hungry

Pork and Poblano Stew

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Michele Uribe

    This came out excellent! This was very flavorful and my family asks me to make it all the time. The only thing I change is I put the sweet potato in the last 15-20 minutes so it isn’t too soft.

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  2. Stacy

    I usually don’t comment on recipes, but this was absolutely fantastic! Even my two little girls ate it. This will be added to my regular meals. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Megan

    Great stew a winter favorite in our house

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  4. Hazel

    I stumbled upon this recipe years ago and have been making it yearly ever since. I start mine in a skillet first, then finish it off in a crock pot on low. The stew is a holiday staple in our household and always a reason to invite people over. It’s a hit!!

    As far as my own personal tweaks go, I keep the veins and seeds from the poblanos for extra heat. I also add in several diced fresh serranos (veins, seeds and all). We like our stew extra spicy. :) Finally, I like to include the adobo sauce from the canned chipotle chilis for that extra hint of paprika.

    Making this tonight for the first time this year because it’s finally starting to feel chilly 70 in San Diego!

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  5. Chef bret

    If you like healthy pizole style stews, this recipe rocks with the mild green chile options. Added the heat portion separately, for kid friendly with fresh corn tort grilled cheese dillas for dip scoopin. Go fun for kids.

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