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Red-Chile-Braised Pork

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 3 HRS 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: Makes enough for about 18 tamales and one 10-inch tamal pie
  • MAKE-AHEAD

Use this recipe to prepare Alex Stupak's Steamed Pork Tamales, Fried Pork Tamales or Tamal Pie.

  1. 10 guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded
  2. 10 garlic cloves
  3. 2 canned chipotles in adobo sauce
  4. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  7. 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder
  8. Kosher salt
  1. Using tongs, briefly toast the guajillo chiles over an open flame or in a cast-iron skillet until fragrant, 5 seconds per side. Transfer the guajillos to a blender. Add 2 cups of hot water and let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, chipotles, black pepper, cinnamon and oregano to the blender and puree. Strain the sauce into a large enameled cast-iron casserole, pressing on the solids. Add the pork and 6 cups of hot water to the casserole; bring to a boil. Cover partially and simmer over low heat until the pork is tender, 2 hours.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pork to a bowl and let cool slightly. Boil the sauce until it is reduced to 4 cups, about 20 minutes.
  4. Shred the pork with 2 forks and return it to the sauce. Simmer uncovered until the sauce is reduced and just coats the pork, about 20 minutes. Season the pork with salt and let cool slightly.