Asado de Boda is one of our favourite Mexican stews to cook at home for friends and family.
Asado de Bodas, also known as Mexican Red Chile Pork Stew, features simple and affordable ingredients you can easily find at your local Latin American supermarket.
This easy Mexican Stew is a comfort food typically served at wedding banquets or special events.
Tender stewed pork butt chunks swim in a rich red chile and chocolate sauce. Serve the main course dish sprinkled with chopped cilantro alongside warm tortillas and rice at a Mexican-themed dinner party.
You’re friends and family will love this authentic Asada de Boda recipe featuring flavourful pork shoulder, ancho chiles, guajillo chiles, tortillas, chicken broth, raisins, olive oil, onions, garlic, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, tomatoes and cocoa powder.
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What Is Asado de Boda?
Asado de Boda, also known as Pork in Red Chile Sauce, is a decadent dish popularized in the city of Zacatecas in Northern Mexico.
The main course entree is a cross between Asado de Puerco (red chile pork) and mole. The dish often features fatty pork shoulder chunks that simmer in a red chile and chocolate sauce until tender.
Asado de Boda translates to “wedding stew” and is a popular dish prepared at celebratory events in Mexico like wedding banquets, baptisms, birthdays and quinceañeras.
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Travel to Mexico by CookingAsado de Boda at Home
I love traveling to Latin America.
As a professional food and travel journalist, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy amazing meals in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, from traditional markets to award winning restaurants.
For over ten years, I’ve been on the hunt for the bestAsado de Boda recipe. I’ve embarked on culinary adventures at restaurants in Cuba, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
In Mexico, I’ve enjoyed traditional Mexican Red Chile Pork Stew at restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Mexico City, Merida, Chichen Itza and Playa del Carmen.
AuthenticAsado de Boda is a simple and affordable stew we love to serve on cold winter nights as a comfort food.
After enjoying your first few decadent bites, you’ll realize why Red Chile Pork Stew is a must-try when visiting Mexico!
Where To Eat TraditionalAsado de Boda
If you live in a large city in Canada or America you’ll likely have access to a local Mexican restaurant that serves traditionalAsado de Boda.
Haven’t traveled to Mexico before? It may be helpful to first sample Mexican Red Chile Pork Stew at a local restaurant to better understand how it is served. You’ll get an understanding for the ideal pork to chile chocolate sauce ratio, spicy heat level of the sauce and perfect side dishes to serve at the table.
In Toronto, the best Mexican restaurants that may serve homemadeAsado de Boda include El Rey, La Carnita, Playa Cabana, El Catrin, Campechano, El Trompo, Fonda Lola, Hot Mess Tex Mex, Rosalinda, Reposado Bar, Grand Electric and Milagro.
My Family Loves MexicanAsado de Boda
I love cookingAsado de Boda for my friends and family.
The simple Mexican pork dish is easy to make at home and is one of our favourite hearty and flavourful stews to serve at special celebrations.
I knew my family would like this classic Mexican stew because they love tender pork shoulder, comfort food stews and chocolate infused mole sauce.
I suggest serving a variety of hot sauces and salsas at the table so those who enjoy a spicy Mexican meal can increase the heat as they please.
The dish is typically served with fresh corn tortillas and Mexican rice.
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OurAsado de Bodas recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!
Olive Oil is ranked as one of the healthiest fats and is a staple in the Mediterranean diet. It contains vitamins E and K and plenty of beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants.
Chili has been proven to help reduce the duration of sickness, prevent heart disease, and promote weight loss.
Raisins contain healthy vitamins and minerals. They are also fat-free and cholesterol-free, high in antioxidants, and an excellent source of fibre.
Onions are a humble vegetable packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Regular consumption of leeks can help boost digestive health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
It is only recently that scientists have begun to identify the components responsible for garlic’s myriad health benefits. Rich in phytochemicals and potassium, garlic helps boost your immune system, fight cancer and protect your heart.
Oregano is rich in antioxidants, may help fight bacteria, could have anti-cancer properties and can decrease inflammation.
A rich source of blood-building iron, cumin may also help balance your blood sugar levels and reduce bad cholesterol. It is also traditionally used as a digestive aid.
Rich in energy-boosting manganese, cinnamon is also antibacterial and may protect your brain against Alzheimer’s disease.
Rich in a group of phytochemicals called carotenoids, tomatoes may help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and provide protection against cancer. Tomatoes are also a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C.
Pork is an excellent source of protein and provides several important vitamins and minerals. It’s an excellent source of thiamin, selenium, niacin, vitamin B-6 and phosphorus, zinc, riboflavin and potassium.
A good source of bone-strengthening vitamin K, cilantro is also rich in antioxidants that help protect the eyes from damage by free radicals.
Asado de Boda Recipe Cooking Tips
Asado de Boda is a simple stew that’s easy to cook at home from scratch.
- Use a large nonstick skillet to dry roast the chiles.
- Use a large pot or Dutch Oven to simmer the stew.
- You can purchase Ancho Chiles and Guajillo Chiles online or at your local Latin American market.
- We’ve used Spanish onions in this recipe but you could substitute for white onion or red onion.
- We’ved used corn tortillas as a thickening agent in this recipe but you can substitute for day old bread.
- We’ve used cocoa powder in this recipe but you can substitute with a brick of dark or semisweet bakers chocolate.
- We traditionally serve this recipe with warm tortillas or Mexican rice but you could use nachos.
What To Serve with Mexican Red Chile Pork Stew
There’s no better way to warm up on a cold day then by forking through a steaming bowl ofAsado de Boda.
The simple Mexican comfort food recipe is one of our favourite Latin American stews, featuring tender and moist chunks of pork swimming in a rich chocolate chile sauce.
We typically serve Red Chile Pork Stew with Mexican rice, warm tortillas or nachos.
After dinner why not impress your guests with delicious desserts like Caribbean Coconut Rum Banana Bread Bundt Cake, Maple Black Walnut Ice Cream, Blueberry Cream Cheese Earl Grey Ice Cream, Swedish Ricotta Oatmeal Rhubarb Bars, Baileys Banoffee Cake, Flaky Swedish Rhubarb Cherry Pie, Skittles Sugar Cookies, Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies, Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies, Kardemummabullar Swedish Cardamom Buns and Jordgubbstårta Gluten Free Swedish Strawberry Meringue Cake.
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How To Make TraditionalAsado de Boda
Asado de Boda Mexican Chile Pork Stew
- French knife
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- Dutch Oven
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- Nonstick Skillet
- mixing bowl
- 3 oz Ancho Chilies (5 medium sized chilies) stemmed, seeded and torn into pieces
- 3 oz Guajillo Chilies (10 medium sized chilies) stemmed, seeded and torn into pieces
- 4 cups Boiling Water
- 3 Corn Tortillas
- 1 quart Chicken Broth
- 3/4 cup Raisins
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Spanish Onion chopped
- 10 Garlic Cloves chopped
- 2 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 28 oz Can Diced Tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
- Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
- 5 lb Boneless Pork Butt trimmed, cut into 2-inch cubes
- Heat the oven to 325 F with a rack in the lower-middle position.
- In a large skillet over medium high heat, toast the chilies, pressing with a wide metal spatula and flipping halfway through, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a medium bowl and add the boiling water. Let stand until the chilies are softened, about 20 minutes, then drain.
- While the chilies soak, in the same skillet over medium high heat, toast the tortillas, turning frequently, until lightly charred, 2-4 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool slightly, then tear into pieces.
- In a blender, combine the broth, soaked chilies, torn tortillas and raisins. Puree until smooth, about 1 minute, scraping down the blender as needed.
- In a large Dutch Oven over medium high heat, combine the oil and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is lightly browned, 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, oregano, cumin, and cinnamon, then cook, stirring, until fragrant, around 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the moisture has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chili puree, cocoa powder and pork, then bring to a simmer. Cover, transfer to the oven and cook for 2 hours.
- Remove the pot from the oven. Uncover and stir, then return to the oven uncovered. Cook until a skewer inserted into the pork meets no resistance, about 1 hour.
- Remove the pot from the oven. Tilt to pool the liquid to one side, then use a wide spoon to skim off and discard fat. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
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