Pork Molé Stew with White Beans and Yams

Servings 8 1.5 cup servings
Prep Time


  • 2 pounds boneless pork loin roast cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 3/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper divided
  • 3 1/2 tbsp Vegetable Oil divided
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Chef Sid's Culinary Secrets Pork Stock
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh garlic
  • 10 tomatillos husked and rinsed
  • 1 Jalepeño pepper stem removed
  • 2 serrano peppers stems removed
  • 4 large cloves fresh garlic peeled
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 large yams peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup instant corn masa mix
  • 2 15-oz cans of navy beans drained
  • sour cream
  • sliced green onion include some green tops


  1. Sprinkle pork with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in pork; cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add water. Bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that rises during the first few minutes of boiling. Stir in pork stock, onion and garlic. Reduce heat; cover loosely and simmer until pork is tender, about 1 hour.
  2. While pork is simmering, line a baking sheet with foil. Arrange tomatillos on baking sheet. Broil 4 inches from heat source until blackened and soft on one side, about 5 minutes. Turn over; add peppers and garlic cloves to baking sheet. Broil until peppers and garlic have blackened, about 3 minutes. Turn peppers and garlic; continue to broil until all vegetables have blackened and are soft (2-3 minutes). Transfer tomatillos and any juices to blender or food processor. Puree until mixture is smooth; set aside.
  3. When pork is tender, remove meat from broth; set aside. Measure 4 cups of broth; set aside. Reserve remaining broth (about 1 1/2 cups).
  4. Wipe out Dutch oven. Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Heat over medium-high heat. When hot enough to make a drop of tomatillo puree sizzle, add puree all at once to hot oil. Cook until mixture thickens, stirring constantly (4-5 minutes). Stir in reserved 4 cups of broth and yams; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover loosely and simmer until yams are tender, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.
  5. In medium bowl, stir remaining 1 1/2 cups broth into masa. Gradually whisk masa mixture into simmering broth. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly (3-5 minutes). Stir in pork and navy beans. Simmer, covered, until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

To Serve

  1. Ladle stew into bowls. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and sliced green onion.