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chilorio, sinaloan braised pork


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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 120 minutes

Total: 150 minutes

Servings: 6


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Step 1

Cut the pork into large chunks about 3 inches across. Put them into a large, lidded pot and cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and skim any froth off. Lower the heat to a simmer and add 1/4 of the onion, 2 garlic cloves and the bay leaves. Salt to taste and cook until the pork is tender.

Step 2

Remove the seeds and stems of all the chiles. It's OK if a few seeds get stuck.

Step 3

Meanwhile, make the salsa. Heat a comal or griddle or heavy frying pan over high heat and char the rest of the onion and the garlic cloves.

Step 4

While the vegetables are charring, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. While that is heating, quickly toast the chiles on the hot comal -- about 30 seconds total, flipping a couple times. You want the dried chiles to blister a little, but not blacken. When they are toasted and the pot of water hits a boil, put the chiles in the water and turn off the heat.

Step 5

If you want, toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a hot, dry pan until they smell nice. Put them in a spice grinder or a blender and grind. This step does add a lot of flavor.

Step 6

When the onions and garlic are nicely charred and the chiles soft, put them in a blender with the oregano and spices, salt, vinegar and enough water to make a sauce with the consistency of cream. Puree.

Step 7

Once the pork is tender, drain the broth and discard it or use in another recipe. Wipe out the pot and add the lard. When it's hot, add the chunks of pork and sear hard on one side -- you want a combination of crispy and soft.

Step 8

When you have achieved that, pour in the salsa and mix well. Turn the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 to 20 minutes, then serve.