this is what I had in my fridge…

I hope you are reading this in 2026 (and that I am still around….) you may not remember the virus from 2020 (Covid 19).  But right now people are having trouble finding certain foods:  eggs, flour, chicken.  Fortunately because I cook so much I always have lots of food available.  Since there are only two of us, I give a lot of it away to neighbors and friends.  So I am actually having a lot of fun right now!  I can’t just run to the store for green chilies or an onion.  We are being very strategic in our grocery store visits.  Old people like me are standing in line at 5 am.  (Except for me…..).  So anyway, I decided to give myself a CHOPPED CHALLENGE  and make something from what I had available…


Lightly brown the pork before baking.  That’s an option, but it does add one more layer of flavor to the finished product!


So, here’s what I had in my fridge and freezer:

a 2 lb. pork roast from Costco (comes in 4 separate roasts and each is about 2 lbs.  So wonderful for recipes like this.  Also, Sweet and Sour Pork, Pork cutlets….so many!)

1 large onion, sliced or chopped (I had a red, a white and a scallion)

1 Poblano Chili, chopped

1 lb.  fresh tomatoes, chopped in quarters or  large chunks

1 bottle Mexican beer (I had Dos Equis)

1 can tomatoes (such as Rotel) or crushed or Fire Roasted (15 oz.)

Sazon, Menudo seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic powder  (just start with a tsp. of each and adjust later)

Now you can choose your own method of cooking:  Crockpot, Pressure cooker, stove top or oven.  I did stovetop for about 30 minutes, then it was nap time, so I put it in the oven covered at 250 degrees for 3-4 hours.

Adjust anything you like in this.  If you have other peppers, add them!  We really like spice, so I would throw in more jalapeños.  And if I had any green chilies I would have thrown them in.  You can also thicken it slightly with some flour at the end.  Depends on if you want to make burritos.  Or add some chicken broth to make more of a stew.  This is really fun!  ask me how I know!

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