Liz's Spicy Ribs

Inspired by a succulent dish of pork ribs cooked San Salvadoran–style by a friend, Liz Patrick experimented and created her own mildly spicy version. There is plenty of sauce to spoon over rice.

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Makes 8 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 223
Caloriesfromfat 40 %
Protein 20 g
Fat 9.9 g
Satfat 3 g
Carbohydrate 13 g
Fiber 2.1 g
Sodium 560 mg
Cholesterol 61 mg


3 pounds country-style pork ribs, surface fat trimmed off
1 tablespoon salad oil
3 onions (6 oz. each), chopped
1 bell pepper (1/2 lb.), stemmed, seeded, and chopped
5 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilies
1 cup thick, chunky salsa
1 teaspoon hot chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon pepper


1. Wipe off pork with a damp cloth. Pour oil into a 2-inch-deep, 12-inch frying pan or a 5- to 6-quart pan and set over high heat. When oil is hot, fill pan with a single layer of pork and brown well on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Lift out pork as browned, place in a bowl, and add more meat to pan. When all the meat is browned and in the bowl, discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from pan.

2. Add onions, bell pepper, and garlic to pan. Stir often until onions are lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Stir in tomatoes (including juices), green chilies, salsa, hot chili flakes, and pepper.

3. Return pork and accumulated juices to pan, pushing meat down into sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until pork is tender when pierced, 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. If sauce begins to stick, stir in a little water.

4. With a slotted spoon, transfer pork to a wide bowl. Skim off and discard any fat from sauce. Pour sauce over meat. Add salt to taste.


Liz Patrick, Eureka, California,

November 1998
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