Pork Espinazo

Difficulty: 4/5
Time: 90 min


  • 2 pounds pork backbone OR back ribs, cut into small chunks
  • 3 pounds fresh leg of pork cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 head garlic whole and fresh roots and all
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 cups pork stock (from Step One)
  • 10 ounces dried pasilla chile lightly toasted and seeded
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds toasted
  • 1 3-oz sized prepared corn tamale dough OR prepared tortilla flour mix dough


Step 1
In a large saucepan, combine pork, garlic and salt and let boil for 30 minutes or until pork is slightly tender. Skim as necessary. Remove saucepan from heat and remove garlic head.

Step 2
In a blender, combine three cups of the liquid from pork stock in Step 1 with the all the ingredients from Step 2. Blend until smooth. Strain puree and combine with pork in large saucepan. Mix well and heat over low temperature stirring frequently for 30 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and let pork cool for 10 minutes. Serve with diced onion, cilantro, lime and dried oregano.
Yield : 14 cups

by El Chile Mayor