|Mexican Chile-Pork Stew with Hominy|
Soak the ancho and negro chili peppers in 6 cups of cold water until soft and pliable. Remove the stems and seeds and discard. Strain the soaking liquid and set aside. Place the chilies in a blender, along with the chipotle chili pepper, onion, garlic, spices, and 1-1/4 cups of the soaking liquid. Puree until smooth.
In a large saute pan, cook the pork in batches over high heat until browned on all sides. Transfer to a heavy-bottomed pot large enough to accommodate all the ingredients.
To the pork add the pureed chili pepper mixture and the remaining soaking liquid, plus 4 cups of fresh water. (For a richer flavor, you may substitute canned chicken broth for all or half of the fresh water.) Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to moderate and simmer 1-1/4 hours, stirring occasionally, until the pork is tender. Add the hominy and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cilantro, mix well and season with salt and pepper.
You can find dried chili peppers, canned chipotle and hominy in any Latin American market, and most well-stocked grocery stores. Serve this robust, deeply flavored stew over rice or in shallow bowls with warm corn tortillas.
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