Not as blazing as other hot sauces, cholula is a blend of arbol and piquin chili peppers. It’s available in most supermarkets (and on the tables of many restaurants) and comes in several flavors such as smoky chipotle or chili lime.
Smoky Pork Lentil Stew
2 teaspoons canola or olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 pound pork tenderloin, sliced into 1-inch cubes
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 cup dried green lentils
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon chipotle-flavored cholula hot sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (for garnish)
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add pork and garlic; stir until pork is browned, about 5 minutes.
Add chicken stock, tomatoes, lentils, sweet potato, tomato paste, hot sauce, mustard, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until lentils and sweet potato are tender. Stir in thyme and heat 2 minutes. Divide among serving bowls and garnish with cilantro.
Also great for: Fried eggs, burritos, and Bloody Marys.