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We had this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic. The complexity of flavors - sweet, salty, spicy, and savory - is really amazing. It's better than 99% of the dishes I've ever been served in a mexican restaurant. I loved the carne adovada I had in Santa Fe, but I honestly don't remember any that matched this. If you try this you won't be disappointed. Credit - We adapted this from a recipe in Cook's Country magazine.

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Servings: 8


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  1. Season the pork with salt and pepper, then combine the pork with soy sauce in the crock pot. Combine the onions, chili powder, garlic, oil, chipotle, oregano, and 1 tsp salt in a bowl. Microwave covered until onions are soft, about 7 minutes, stirring halfway.
  2. Put broth, coffee, flour, apricots (or raisins) and onion mixture in a blender and puree until smooth, about 1 minute. Add blender contents to slow cooker, scraping any sauce from sides down into cooker with a spatula. Cover and cook 5-6 hours on high or 7 hours on low until pork is tender.
  3. Turn off crock pot and let settle for 5 minutes or so, then remove any excess fat from surface with a spoon. Stir in lime juice and zest. Let sit for 10-15 minutes then serve sprinkled with the fresh cilantro.
  4. We served with rice, tortillas, refried beans, and a green salad. We also served Habanero sauce on the table for those who wanted extra kick.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 95g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 110  
Calories from Fat 57 52%
Total Fat 6.55g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.65g 3%
Trans Fat 0.13g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 453mg 19%
Potassium 265mg 8%
Total Carbs 12.68g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3.6g 12%
Sugars 2.2g 1%
Protein 2.63g 4%



  • Donna
    August 12, 2014
    Made this today. It was delicious. We don't like a lot of spice so I didn't even use a full 1/4 cup chili powder. We had a green salad before and I served it with rice and some sour cream.
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    This is a variation
    1 reply
    • John Spottiswood
      August 15, 2014
      Hi Donna - thanks for the review and so glad you liked the recipe!
    • Michele Sloan
      August 12, 2014
      My family loved this dish. Easy and very flavorful.
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      1 reply
      • John Spottiswood
        August 15, 2014
        Thanks for trying it and posting the review Michelle. Glad you liked it!
      • Andrea Desbien
        November 28, 2019
        I I made this this week. Very tender and delicious. So worth the time and effort.
        I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


        • ShaleeDP
          August 12, 2014
          Sounds delicious! I would like to try it too.
          • Elaine Chaves
            August 11, 2014
            Looks yummy. will certainly try this.
            • Denise Sherin
              August 7, 2014
              I had something like this while in New Mexico and loved it can't wait to try this, it looks great!
              • HealthyGlutenFree
                August 7, 2014
                Will this recipe work with beef, and if so, which cut would you recommend? Would flat iron or brisket work with beef for this recipe?
                1 reply
                • John Spottiswood
                  August 15, 2014
                  I think brisket of any beef stew meat would be great. Any tough cut will soften up in the crock pot. Sorry for the late reply!
                • kwray
                  August 5, 2014
                  This looks amazing, John. I'm going to make this for the block party this year!
                  1 reply
                  • John Spottiswood
                    August 15, 2014
                    Now I have another excuse to crash your block party! :-)

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