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Carne Adobada

Carne Adovada is a specialty in New Mexican cuisine and usually served as a main entrée similar to a stew. Adovada/ adobada is Spanish for “marinated”, which in general means to cook something in an adobo sauce—a sauce made with chiles, flavored with spices and vinegar.In certain states in Mexico, carne adobada is a very common filling for tacos.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Chilling3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Calories: 255kcal



  • In a medium saucepan, bring the dried chiles and water to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the chiles have softened. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Drain.
  • Blend the softened chiles, garlic, onion, vinegar, salt, cumin, pepper, oregano, and cinnamon in a blender until smooth.
  • In a large bowl or baking dish, mix together the pork and chile purée until the meat is coated. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to overnight.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Add the carne adobada and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until the meat is cooked through. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 12 to 15 minutes, until all of the juices from the meat and adobo sauce have evaporated and the meat has started to brown. Serve with beans and rice, or use as a filling for tacos.


NOTE: If dried pasilla chiles aren’t available, increase the number of dried ancho chiles to 6. Also, you can substitute one (14-ounce) can mild enchilada sauce for the dried chiles and water.


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 694mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5165IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg