Braised New Mexico-Style Pork in Red Chile Sauce (Carne Adovada)
Why This Recipe Works
To make carne adovada, a classic, ultrasimple New Mexican pork braise, we started by cutting boneless pork butt into large chunks and salting them (so that they would be well seasoned and retain moisture during cooking) while we prepared the chile sauce. We used a generous 4 ounces of dried red New Mexican chiles, which are fruity and relatively mild. But rather than toast them, as we often do with dried chiles, we simply steeped them in water to preserve their bright flavor. When they were pliable, we blended them with aromatics and spices (including garlic, oregano, cumin, cayenne, and cloves), as well as honey and white vinegar, to form a thick paste; then we added some of the soaking water to form a smooth puree. We tossed the pork with the puree in a Dutch oven and then braised it in a low oven until the meat was very tender.