Shot-and-a-Beer Pork Stew

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

Time: 3 3/4 hours. Tacolicious, a taco stand at San Francisco's Thursday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, serves this braised pork in tacos, but owner Joe Hargrave also makes it at home as a fall stew. The chiles fall apart as the dish cooks, giving the meat a mellow, earthy spiciness.

Yield: Serves 6
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Recipe Time

Total: 3 Hours, 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 618
  • Calories from fat: 58%
  • Protein: 50g
  • Fat: 40g
  • Saturated fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrate: 15g
  • Fiber: 4.4g
  • Sodium: 517mg
  • Cholesterol: 186mg


  • 2 large dried chipotle chiles*
  • 2 large dried ancho chiles*
  • 12 ounces Mexican lager such as Tecate
  • 1/4 cup white (silver) tequila
  • 3 1/2 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 2-in. cubes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3/4 pound tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano*
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Accompaniments: cabbage and cilantro slaw with lime vinaigrette, lime wedges, crumbled cotija cheese, and tortilla chips


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Wipe chiles clean with a damp cloth. In a dry, heavy saucepan over medium heat, toast chiles until fragrant and puffy, turning occasionally to keep them from burning, 3 to 5 minutes. Let cool slightly, then remove stems, seeds, and membranes. Pour beer and tequila over chiles to soften.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, season pork with salt. Heat oil in a heavy, large ovenproof pot such as a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown half the pork at a time, turning as needed, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Transfer browned pork to a bowl.
  3. 3. Add onion and garlic to pot; cook until soft, stirring often, 5 minutes. Stir in beer mixture, tomatoes, oregano, cumin, and pork. Add water if needed to barely cover pork. Bring to a boil over high heat; cover.
  4. 4. Bake stew until pork is falling-apart tender, 3 hours. Skim fat. Ladle stew into bowls and serve with accompaniments.
  5. *Find in the Latino foods aisle or spice aisle of a supermarket, or at a Latino market.
  6. Make ahead: Chill, covered, up to 2 days.
  7. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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