Neighborhood Kitchens

Cafe Azteca's Puerco Poblano

Chef Antonio Guerrero told Neighborhood Kitchens that this puerco poblano is by far his favorite dish.


3 poblano peppers
2 lb. pork loin, very thinly cut
3 Tbs. olive oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 pinch garlic powder
1 pinch onion powder
1 pinch white pepper
4 pinches salt
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
3 Tbs. sour cream
1 cup chicken broth
1 pinch pepper
2 cups black or refried beans
2 cups brown rice

*You will need a paper bag placed inside of a large Ziploc bag.


grilled chicken
Roasted poblanos (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)
Prepare Poblano Peppers
Place the poblano peppers on the grill for a couple of minutes on each side. (If you don’t have a grill, use the flame from your stove.) Once the skin on the peppers is black and bubbling, place them in the paper/plastic bags. Close the bags and let the peppers rest for about 5 minutes; this will facilitate the removal of the skin.

Remove the peppers from the bag. Using your fingers, peel the skin off the peppers. Once skinned, slice the peppers in half lengthwise and remove all of the seeds. After the peppers are seeded, chop them.

Prepare Pork
Mix the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, and salt in a bowl. Lightly coat your pork with this dry mixture.

Heat a pan with olive oil. Carefully place the pork in the pan and cook 3-4 minutes on each side, until the pork turns brown.

Add chopped onions, tomatoes, minced garlic, sour cream, the poblano peppers, chicken broth, pepper, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder to the pork (still in the pan). Mix well. The salsa will turn a beige color.

Add Monterey Jack cheese to the top. Serve with black or refried beans and brown rice.

Serves: 6


Chef Antonio Guerrero is the chef and owner of Cafe Azteca, an elegant Mexican restaurant located in Lawrence, Mass. He shared this recipe with us when he was featured as our guest on Neighborhood Kitchens.


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