carne adovada papas homemade

Carne Adovada Papas

A couple months ago, my family met up to spend some quality time in Albuquerque (yes, the city where they film Breaking Bad).  Despite its affiliation with drugs and wayward police, Albuqeruqe is a beautiful town, rich with culture and home to some of the very best restaurants I have ever eaten at. 

On the last day we were there, my mom insisted that we stop by a local restaurant called Wecks, which she said had phenomenal food.  

Once we sat down, I was pretty stoked that we could order chips and salsa with our breakfast.  That is always a good sign.  When I opened the menu, my eyes gravitated to the carne adovada papas. The carne adovada that I have had before consists of chunks of pork simmered in a red chile sauce.  Papas translates to potatoes, and in this case, it was prepared hashbrown style.  So the dish was a bowl of fresh hashbrowns, covered in a red chile pork, topped with an over-easy egg and shredded cheese.  And it was amazingly good. 

My husband didn’t get to make the trip with us, so I decided to recreate this dish at home to see what he thought.  And he loved it! 

There are several short-cuts you can take with this recipe, depending on if you are more focused on a quick and easy dish, or a completely homemade dish. I think you’ll love it, in either case, so modify as you see fit! 

Carne Adovada Papas

Serves 4

  • 4 cups of hash browns
  • 2 cups of pork tenderloin, cooked and cubed
  • 2 cups of red chile sauce 
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups monterey jack and cheddar cheese, shredded 

The Hash Browns: You can buy your own frozen, preshredded potatoes and warm them up on a skillet to save time.  Alternatively, you can make your own.  

Here’s how: peel 4 large potatoes and shred them with a cheese grater.  As you grate the potatoes, transfer the shredded potatoes to a bowl of cold water and let them hang out there until you’re ready to cook them (this will help remove the starch and keep them from browning).   Warm 1/4 – 1/2 cup of oil over medium heat in a sturdy skillet. Remove half of the shredded potatoes from the water, and pat dry with a paper towel (water and oil don’t mix).  Add 2 cups of shredded potatoes to the warm oil, and allow to cook through and brown, which should take about 10 minutes per batch. Remove from heat and let strain on a paper towel. Repeat with remaining shredded potatoes. 

papasThe Pork Tenderloin: I marinate a 3 – 4 pound pork tenderloin in about 1/4 cup of olive oil, and a tablespoon each of cumin, oregano and garlic powder, and a teaspoon of salt, then refrigerate it for 4 to 12 hours.  I roast the marinated pork tenderloin in the oven at 350 for 1 hour, or until the pork is cooked through and internal temperature has reached 145 degrees.  I’ll let it rest for 5 – 10 minutes, then cut it into bite-sized cubes. 

You don’t have to use pork tenderloin for this recipe… you can use cooked ground beef or another cut of cooked pork if you prefer, but I like the pork paired with the red chile. 

carne adovadaTo make the red chile sauce: You could buy a canned red chile sauce but there is a great recipe for enchilada sauce that I wrote for Little House Living, which whips together in about 5 minutes. If you have some extra time to make it truly homemade, try this amazing authentic red chile sauce made from reconstituted red chile pods, and a blend of spices.  Both sauces are amazing and work perfectly with this dish. 

How to make Carne Adovada Papas: Once you decide how you’re going to buy/prepare your ingredients, the dish pulls together rather quickly.   Simmer the pork (or other meat) in the red chile sauce in a pot over medium heat, until heated through. 

In a skillet, add butter, and fry eggs until desired doneness.  

Pile a cup of hash browns into a bowl, top with 1/2 cup of the red chile pork mixture, then one of the cooked eggs, followed by 1/2 cup shredded cheese.  If these are placed in an oven-proof bowl, you can broil it for a few minutes to melt the cheese. 

carne adovada papas

So, it sounds a little complicated, but once you get the components down, it’s really just about assembling the dish.  And there are a thousand ways to modify this and make it your own!  

Carne Adovada Papas
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Recipe type: Mexican
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 cups of pork tenderloin, cooked and cubed
  • 2 cups of red chile sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups of hash browns, cooked
  • 2 cups monterey jack and cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Simmer the pork in the red chile sauce in a pot over medium heat, until heated through.
  2. In a skillet, add butter, and fry eggs until desired doneness.
  3. Pile a cup of cooked hash browns into a bowl, top with ½ cup of the red chile pork mixture, then one of the cooked eggs, followed by ½ cup shredded cheese. If these are placed in an oven-proof bowl, you can broil it for a few minutes to melt the cheese.

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3 Responses to Carne Adovada Papas

  1. Cynthia L says:

    I have eaten Carne Adovada many times while living in the Southwest. I have never had it for breakfast though. I can see this as being a new family favorite! I am a big fan of Menudo for breakfast, but have a hard time finding it where I live. They never match up to what I grew up with!

  2. Susan says:

    My family all loves Mexican food, but we’ve never had it for breakfast. I’ll definitely be surprising my family one weekend soon with your carne adovada papas

  3. Corinne says:

    This is my kind of breakfast! I like to have a hearty breakfast and then graze during the day so a cup of yogurt and some fruit or a bowl of cereal are things I enjoy later in the day. Egg scrambles and breakfast burritos get old after awhile so I’ve been looking for some new recipes. Since I love Mexican food, this one is perfect! Thank you for sharing it.

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