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Pork in
Red Pipian


The red pipian is a salsa that was born in the state of Oaxaca. It is known as “pepian" because it is prepared with pumpkin seeds (pepitas) but the name was derived to pipian. Besides using pumpkin seeds in this salsa more ingredients are used that are spicy, sweet, salty, aromatic, etc. It is like preparing a mole with another style.

In this dish you will find
the elaborated and interesting flavor of the pipian salsa, which gives freshness to the strong and firm flavor of the pork . Making the pork’s flavor more tasty and juicy.



It is also important to highlight that the texture of the salsa pipian is rough, which makes it very interesting. This main course can be accompanied with white rice , red , refried beans or fried plantains.


About the Recipe

  • Many people believe that preparing pipian is very difficult, almost impossible. Well, here you will find that it is not true it is just a bit laborious.
  • The pumpkin seeds and the sesame seeds that are used to make the pipian salsa should not have any flavoring.
  • We give the recipe with pork loin but another pork cut could also be used.
  • Preparation time .
  • Recipe for 4 plates.


Ingredients

  • 28.2 oz of Pork Loin
  • 2 Ancho Peppers (.7 oz)
  • 2 Guajillo Peppers (.7 oz)
  • 2 Tomatoes (14.1 oz)
  • 3/4 of an Onion (3.7 oz)
  • 2 Garlic cloves (.2 oz)
  • 1/2 cup of Pumpkin Seeds (2.6 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon of Sesame Seeds (.2 oz)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 2 Saucepans
  • 1 Saucepan Lid
  • 1 Frying Pan
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Measuring Cup
  • 1 Chopping Board
  • 1 Kitchen Spoon
  • 1 Turner
  • 1 Knife

  • Directions

    Cook the Pork Loin


    1. Put in a saucepan:
    • 28.2 oz of Pork Loin.
    • 1/2 Onion (2.4 oz).
    • 1 Garlic clove (.1 oz).
    • 2 Bay Leaves.
    • The enough Water to cover all the ingredients.
    • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt.


    1. Bring the saucepan water to a boil over high heat.
    2. When it boils reduce to medium heat, cover the saucepan and leave the pork loin cooking in the boiling water for approximately 1 hour, until it is well cooked.


    Make sure that the pork is always covered with water because it will consume. If scum accumulates on the surface remove it.


    If the pork loin is cooked in a pressure cooker, it will be ready in about 30 minutes.


    While the Pork is Ready... The Pipian Salsa


    1. Put in a frying pan over low heat:
    • 1/2 cup of Pumpkin Seeds.
    • 1 tablespoon of Sesame Seeds.


    1. Roast the frying pan ingredients for about 2 minutes, until they are lightly roasted; stir regularly.


    The pumpkin seeds and the sesame seeds are roasted to potentiate the pipian’s flavor.


    1. Transfer from the frying pan to a blender the seeds that were roasted, then reserve.

    Keep Preparing the Pipian Salsa


    1. Put in another saucepan:
    • 2 Ancho Peppers.
    • 2 Guajillo Peppers.
    • 2 Tomatoes.
    • The enough Water to cover all the ingredients.


    1. Bring the saucepan water to a boil over high heat.
    2. Leave the saucepan ingredients cooking in the boiling water for about 5 minutes, until the chilies soften.
    3. Transfer from the saucepan to the blender, with a kitchen spoon, the ingredients that were cooked.
    4. Also add in the blender:
    • 1/4 of an Onion (1.2 oz).
    • 1 Garlic clove (.1 oz).
    • 1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon.
    • 2 Cloves.
    • Pepper to taste.
    • 1 cup of Water (8.4 fl oz).


    1. Blend very well the ingredients, then set aside.



    Cook the Pipian Salsa


    1. Heat in the saucepan over medium heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
    2. Pour in the saucepan:
    • The Pipian Salsa that was prepared.
    • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt.


    1. Bring the saucepan salsa to a boil over high heat.
    2. When the salsa boils reduce to medium heat and cook it for about 5 minutes, until it thickens a little; stir occasionally. Then set aside.

    1 hour later...


    1. Verify that the pork loin that was left cooking is well cooked and soft; if not cook it for a longer time.
    2. Take from the saucepan the pork loin, with the kitchen spoon and cut it into slices of approximately .2’’ thick.
    3. Put in the saucepan (where the pipian salsa is) the pork slices that were cut.
    4. Mix the saucepan ingredients.
    5. Put the saucepan over medium heat and cook the pork in red pipian for about 2 minutes, until the salsa is very thick; stir regularly.



    Enjoy the
    Pork in Pipian

    Pork in Red Pipian served with rice and beans



    Recommendation: After this delicious delicacy you will need a Mexican dessert.


    Variation: The pork in red pipian can take a 180º turn by changing pork for chicken and red for green.



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    ADDITIONAL INFO





    To make the pipian sauce you need some good pumpkin seeds like the Bob’s Red Mill.





    The sesame seed is another very important ingredient in the pipian and here you can buy it organic.





    Your dish is very Mexican, therefore you have to serve it on a very Mexican plate.