Pork Stew with Beer
(Seco de Chanco - Ecuador)


  • 1 (2 pound) boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (8 1/4 ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained
  • 1 red serrano chile, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 (12 ounce) can or bottle beer
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Hot cooked rice


  1. Trim fat from pork; cut pork into 1-inch cubes. Heat oil in Dutch oven until hot. Cook pork over medium heat, stirring frequently, until all liquid is evaporated and pork is brown, about 25 minutes; remove with slotted spoon. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of fat from Dutch oven.
  2. Cook and stir onion and garlic in Dutch oven until onion is tender. Add tomatoes, chili, cilantro, salt, cumin and oregano; break up tomatoes with fork. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in pork and beer. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in red pepper. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered until pork is tender and sauce is thickened, about 15 minutes; skim off fat.
  4. Serve with rice.

Yield: 4 servings

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