Rocky Mountain Cooking

Carne Adovada

Tacos just aren't for dinner anymore!  I would like these for dinner though or lunch or even a snack! Yum-me!

Tacos just aren’t for dinner anymore! I would like these for breakfast, lunch, dinner  or even a snack! Yum-me!

Carne Adovada is one of my favorite foods to make. It reminds me of Autumn and New Mexico. Both good things to be so fond of! You are probably wondering what is “Carne Adovada” ? Besides being unbelievably tasty, it is New Mexican pork stew. Traditional to this beautiful state. You can find it at almost any restaurant if you visit the “Land of Enchantment”. It can be made in a crock pot or if you are like me and don’t own a crock pot (I know, weird) then a heavy stock pot suitable for the oven works just as good (think Le Creuset)! I have included a few ways that I use Carne Adovada with the pictures below. It is so versatile! You can make it as HOT or as mild as you like it! Just adjust the chile heat level to your liking.

Eat it out of a bowl with warmed tortillas, over a burger or chicken with melted cheese and a big soft roll, mix it in with a bunch of sour cream and cheese for a fabulous dip, over nachos, in a burrito or tacos with eggs.The list is endless…  OMG. I was a happy girl today when I got to eat my breakfast tacos! I wish that I could eat like a queen every morning! So much better than the typical vegan protein shake!

Carne Adovada nachos. Nuf said. Your friends will love you at your next football gathering.

Cheesy eggs and Carne Adovada wrapped in a tortilla. Anything in a tortilla is a good thing, except this! This is awesome all wrapped up! I made these for my friends at the Albuquerque Balloon Fest!! They were all devoured! Good with beer at 9AM. LOL!



Carne Adovada
Recipe Type: Stew
Cuisine: New Mexican
Author: Heather Blake
A New Mexican staple. Slowly cooked pork stew. Really easy to make- it’s a one pot dish!
  • 4-5 pounds of boneless pork butt, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup red chili powder (I used Hatch but Chimayo works too)
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 2 cups chopped green chilies
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 10 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 28 oz containers of frozen green chili sauce with pork
  1. Chop pork into cubes, I do both small and medium sized. Remove any excess fat from pork.
  2. In a bowl combine chili powder and salt,
  3. In a large bowl, add pork and chili/salt mixture. With you hands mix well until all the pork is covered in the chili.
  4. Cover let sit for at least two hours or overnight.
  5. Either in a crock pot or a large heavy bottom stock pot suitable for the oven. Place the pork, chilies, chopped onion, garlic, cumin and green chili sauce.
  6. If cooking in the oven turn heat to 300 degrees, and cook covered for 6-8 hours until the meat is tender.
  7. In a crock pot, adjust the heat to 300 and cook for the same 6-8 hours.

So yesterday my friend Lea Ann, who writes a blog called, and I  took our annual trip out to Brighton, Colorado. Brighton is a beautiful farming community just Northeast of the airport. Such a quaint little town and beautiful farms as far as you can see. We like to go because the farmer’s markets are abundant and you can buy fresh tortillas. That’s really why we go. Tortillas! Usually we take this foodie field trip in August, so we were a little late to buy fabulous produce, but we had a great time checking out the markets nonetheless! Next summer put it on your “to do” list!

These guys make the BEST tortillas in the Metro area! Hands down…

Pinata anyone, need a broom? Got to love a little store that sells the staples, tortillas. Why wouldn’t they sell a brooms and pinata’s?

My friend Lea Ann got her stash for the freezer!

Done and done. Fresh and still warm! Yum-me!

My favorite farmer’s market in Brighton. This place is amazing and in the summer, their produce is so beautiful and the prices are much better than the markets in Denver. Worth the trip out there for sure!

Seriously check out all the chili that LuLu’s sells. Take your pick, they have everything!

I’m not sure what these ugly squash’s are and  I’m not sure that I would know what to do with them!!

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