This meal can easily feed a family of 6 and it comes to about $3.60 a serving.
I bought a giant pork (almost 8 pounds!) for $19.52. I only used half of it for this dinner so I'm figuring $9.76 as the cost of the meat for this meal.
I cut the meat in half and sliced up the remaining half to use as pork chops later. My sister-in-law gave me this brilliant idea! Normally, I wouldn't buy such a giant piece of meat but this really made sense. The half I sliced up I put in the freezer for another night.
Then I cut big half into fourths for my dinner, seasoned with salt and pepper and browned in a pan with olive oil. To brown it, I just cooked it on medium-high heat for like a minute each side.
Once it was browned, I added 2 cups water and one small brown onion (chopped) and brought it to a boil.
I just reduced the flame to low and covered it with a lid and let it cook for about 30 minutes. Then, I started my sauce and started boiling my peppers.
I blended my ingredients for my sauce: 1 can of diced green chiles, 1 diced serrano pepper (seeds removed) and one handful of fresh cilantro.
Then, i took the pork out of the pan and started cutting it into slices on a cutting board. I removed about 1/2 cup of the water with a measuring cup from the pan so the sauce wasn't too watery. I added the vegetable mix(cilantro, green peppers and poblano pepper) to the water and onions and then added the 1/2 cup of cream.
I returned the meat to the pan with the sauce in it and let it cook an additional 30 minutes on low with the lid on.
When it was done, I put it in the only Mexican platter I have. It's actually a chip dish but it did the trick. In the meantime, I had drained the peppers in a collander and ran cold water over them, cut them in half and rinsed the seeds out. I filled them with pork and put Queso Fresca and red onions on top.
I also made rice (just plain rice in a rice cooker and mixed carrots/peas in) and beans (just one can of Sun Vista Pinto beans with some of the sauce (from my pan) stirred in (a couple of tablespoons), a handful of jack cheese and I smashed the beans with a potato smasher while cooking them on low. I also served my husband a Mojito with this dinner but cheated and just bought the Bacardi Mojito (the mix that is made by Bacardi and has the alcohol in it). He loved it though...
I like the peppers without cheese and onions so here are mine.
This meal ended up costing $3.60 per serving. Here's the breakdown:
Pork (Kirkland brand from Costco) $9.76
Pasilla Peppers $2.00
Serrano Peppers $1.00 (one is actually less)
Cilantro $1.00 ( can be less)
Diced green chiles $1.49
Sun Vista beans $0.98
Jack Cheese (a couple tablespoons) $.50
Small brown onion $0.40
Peas and Carrots frozen $0.98
Rice - 1 lb $1.00 (I bought a one pound bag at Fresh&Easy)