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Carne Adovada with Spanish Rice and Pinto Beans

Carne Adovda

Once you try this Carne Adovada Recipe, you'll understand why this is one of New Mexico's most celebrated dishes. This spicy and rich flavored chile-braised pork is perfect on its own, or a crazy good filling for tacos, burritos or enchiladas. 
Course Main Course Pork
Cuisine Southwestern
Keyword Carne Adovada Recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 414 kcal
Author Lea Ann Brown


  • 2 1/2 pounds Pork loin roast cubed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • For the gravy
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1/8 cup Chile Powder New Mexico Chimayo Red
  • 2 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander ground, dried
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano Preferably Mexican
  • 2 Tablespoons Molasses Not Blackstrap
  • 2 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar


  1. Cut pork loin roast into large bite sized pieces. Salt and pepper to taste.Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil. When oil is hot, add pork pieces and brown on two sides. Cook in batches as not to crowd the pork. The pork will brown better.

  2. Remove pork to a plate.

  3. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add butter. Once butter bubbles and bubbles start to subside, add onions. Cook onions, stirring, until just starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant. About 1 minute.

  4. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly for two minutes. Add chile powder, chicken broth and cook stirring, until gravy starts to thicken. Add cumin, coriander and oregano. Cook for 1 minutes for flavors to blend. 

  5. Remove from heat and add browned pork.

  6. Stir well, cover and place in refrigerator to marinade overnight. Or for at least 2 - 3 hours before cooking.

  7. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 

  8. Cook 2 - 2 1/2 hours or until pork is tender. 

  9. Remove pork from oven and stir in molasses and vinegar.

  10. Place the lid back on the pot and let it steep for about 15 minutes.

  11. Serve with lime wedges. Serve with rice, hominy or beans, flour tortillas or all. You can also top with a dollop of Sour Cream and some fresh diced sweet onions.

Nutrition Facts
Carne Adovda
Amount Per Serving
Calories 414 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 134mg45%
Sodium 505mg22%
Potassium 925mg26%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.