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Pork in Peanut Sauce Recipe (Encacahuatado)

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 minutes 1x


This Pork in Peanut Sauce (Encacahuatado) is made by searing pork tenderloin and drenching in a spicy peanut sauce that will give your tastebuds so much joy.


  • 1-2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut in two inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 8 dried cascabel chilies
  • 1/4 yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup toasted peanuts
  • 2 cups broth, like chicken, beef or veegtable


  1. Bring a small pot of water to boil. Remove the chili stems and add into boiling water, along with garlic and onion. Boil for about 15 minutes. 
  2. When the chilies are done, add the chilies, onion and garlic in a blender, along with about 2 cups of its water and blend. 
  3. Meanwhile, in a large deep pan on medium high heat, add the butter and wait for it to melt. Add the pork and brown all over, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes total. Remove and set aside on a plate. Lower the heat to about medium heat. 
  4. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the sauce through the strainer into the pan. You can use a wooden spoon and stir to get most of the sauce through. Bring the sauce to a simmer, and simmer for 10 minutes. 
  5. While that simmers, blend the peanuts and 2 cups of broth, until the peanuts are completely blended. Pour this sauce into the pan, along with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and add the pork back in. Cook for about 15 minutes, until the pork is cooked through, and the sauce turns into a yellowish color. 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Mexican