Carne Adovada

Red as a Santa Fe sunset, Carne Adovada (KAR-neh ah-doh-VAH-dah) looks right at home on the holiday dinner table. The carne, or meat (in this case, pork) is bathed in a spicy chile sauce. Wrap it in flour tortillas or dollop with reduced-fat sour cream to tone down the heat a bit, if you like.


8 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 246
Caloriesfromfat 48 %
Fat 13.2 g
Satfat 4.6 g
Monofat 5.4 g
Polyfat 1.7 g
Protein 17.3 g
Carbohydrate 15.8 g
Fiber 6 g
Cholesterol 55 mg
Iron 2.3 mg
Sodium 408 mg
Calcium 38 mg


24 dried red New Mexico chiles, seeded, rinsed, and cut into (1-inch) pieces
Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 (3-pound) boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes


Preheat broiler.

Arrange chiles in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; broil 1 minute.

Reduce oven temperature to 300°.

Place chiles, onion, and the next 5 ingredients (through chicken broth) in a blender; process until smooth. Combine pork and chile mixture in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 300° for 2 1/2 hours. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes or until sauce is thick.

Bill Jamison and Cheryl Alters Jamison,

Cooking Light

December 2007
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