Game days are the perfect time to whip up a stew. Especially when the air outside is brisk, it is great to have something delicious to warm you up. This is a recipe I found while just flipping through a Better Homes & Gardens magazine one day. I don’t normally like spicy things, but this did not turn to be overly spicy. It was a good flavor that even I could enjoy!! As a picky eater, my husband only ate the pork out of the stew and didn’t even try the broth, but he did state that the pork was delicious!!
Recipe: Pork & Poblano Stew
- 1 1/4 pound pork tenderloin
- 2 tsp hot chili powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 fresh poblano chile pepper (I never buy peppers and couldn’t find anything listed as poblano pepper in the grocery store, so I actually just googled it on my phone and bought whatever pepper looked the closest to the picture!! haha)
- 1 large red sweet pepper
- 1 14.5 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes with garlic
- 1 14.5 oz can chicken broth
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 orange (you will use some of the zest from the peel as well as squeeze the orange for its fresh juice)
- Cut your raw pork into 1-inch pieces.
- Toss the pork with the chili powder to coat.
- Heat a pan on the stove with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Cook the pork for about 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Remove the pork from the pan and set aside.
- Remove the seeds from your poblano pepper and cut into 1-inch slices.
- Remove the seeds from your red pepper and cut into 1-inch slices.
- Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a pot on the stove.
- Add the poblano pepper and sweet pepper to the oil and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Add in the entire can of fire-roasted tomatoes (do not drain! Add all the liquid from the can as well)
- Pour in your chicken broth and also toss in the cinnamon stick.
- Simmer, covered, over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes.
- Finely shred the orange peel to yield about 2 teaspoons of orange zest. Add to the pot.
- Next, squeeze the orange to get about 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice and add to the pot.
- Cover and simmer on medium/low for about a half hour. (You will need to make sure that the pork cooks thoroughly during this time, since the outsides were only browned earlier)
- Remove the cinnamon stick before serving.
Recipe Adapted from: Better Homes and Gardens Magazine; October 2012
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