If you are one of those people who are not in love with the idea of eating turkey roasted pork loin is a great alternative for you. Pork loin is considered the ‘other white meat’ and is very tasty. Do not confuse pork loin with tenderloin as tenderloins cook much faster than a roasted pork loin.
This recipe is spicy. So if you are not fond of the heat you might not want to make it! You will need 3 ancho chiles, 3 guajillo chiles and 2 chipotle chiles. You need these to be dry pods which you will rehydrate. Look for these in the Hispanic area at your grocery store or at any Latin American market. This meal is packed in flavor and quite low in fat.
Imagine all those chilies combined into one – so much smokiness and nutiness and heat! Once it has slowly cooked you will have a highly enjoyable crust on each bite or tender roasted pork loin. Wow, my mouth is watering just writing about it!
Here is what you need for this roasted pork loin:
1 – 5 to 6 pound pork loin
3 dry chili ancho
3 dry chili guajillo
2 dry chipotle chili
5 garlic cloves – peeled
¼ cup olive oil
1 TBS cumin
¼ cup soaking liquid
1 TBS dried oregano
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. black pepper
Water for the roasting pan
Place the dry chilies in a very hot and dry skillet. Toast them until they form blisters. Place them in a bowl and cover them with boiling water. Weigh them down with a small plate and soak them for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Heat oven at 325 degrees. Rinse and pat dry the pork. Place it in a roasting pan rack.
Stem and seed the re-hydrated chili pods. Place them in the blender with the garlic, olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper. Strain ¼ cup of the soaking liquid into the blender. Blend the chilies into a smooth paste.
Cover the roast evenly with the paste. Add about ½ cup water to the bottom of your roasting pan and loosely tent it with foil. Place the pan into the oven and roast, covered, for 4 to 5 hours. Check the level of liquid occasionally – adding more water if necessary. Baste the pork with drippings as it cooks – about every hour. Remove pork form oven and allow sitting for about 20 minutes before carving. Carve and serve with your side of preference. Enjoy!