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New Mexico's chili is bright, rich, and as much about the peppers as the pork

Carne Adovada

5 hours 50 minutes active

Pork butt, which is cut from the shoulder, is a fatty cut. Trimming as much fat as possible from the meat—not just from the surface but also from between the muscles—helps prevent a greasy stew. After trimming, you should have 4 to 4½ pounds of pork. If the stew nonetheless ends up with fat on the surface, simply use a wide, shallow spoon to skim it off. This adovado is rich and robust; it pairs perfectly with Spanish rice, stewed pinto beans and/or warmed flour tortillas.

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