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What is Pavo Relleno Negro?


Pavo Relleno Negro

A dish of Pavo Relleno Negro (on left)

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Pavo Relleno Negro is a Yucatecan dish comprised of turkey (pavo) in a dark, sauce (the relleno negro part) that almost resembles motor oil. The turkey pieces are cooked with turkey broth and a rich, dark spiced paste called recado -- typically achiote seeds, charred chilies, cloves, allspice, peppercorns and cumin. The dish is garnished with hard-boiled eggs and eaten with fresh tortillas.

Pronunciation: PA-vo re-YE-no NE-gro
Also Known As: chilemole, pavo en relleno negro, turkey with dark sauce

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