Saturday, November 20, 2010

Chipotle Puerco Tacos con Guacamole

Such a yummy taco! 
     Chipotle peppers have a deep smoky flavor that goes well with shredded pork.  This taco style is like tacos that are served in Las Vegas and the southwestern "fifty cent taco stands."  Fifty cent taco stands only put the meat on the tortillas with no garnish or anything extra.  Taco stands do have a self serve condiment table with sauces, sides and toppings.  Guacamole costs extra.  They charge for cheese too.  Still the prices are very cheap and the quality is great!
     Recipe:  Cut about 6 to 8 ounces of pork blade steak or shoulder meat into thick strips.
     Heat a saute pan over medium high heat. 
     Add a splash of olive oil. 
     Saute the pork till it becomes lightly browned. 
     Add a chopped garlic clove.
     Add a small handful of chopped green bell pepper.
     add a small handful of chopped onion. 
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 4 pinches of ground anatto powder.
     Add3 pinches of cumin.
     Add about 2 ounces of chopped chipotle pepper en adobo.  (Canneed chipotle en adobo is fine for this recipe.) 
     Sizzle the ingredients for 1 minute. 
     Add about 10 cilantro leaves.
     Add enough water to cover the pork.
     Bring broth to a boil over high heat. 
     Reduce the temperature to low heat.
     Simmer for 1 hour, till the meat becomes very tender and it easily shreds.
     Drain the broth off of the pork. 
     Shred the pork strips.
     Place the chipotle pork on a warm flour tortilla. 
     Garnish with cilantro sprigs. 
     Serve with shredded lettuce, chopped tomato and guacamole with lime slices.
     Guacamole Recipe:  Place the pulp of one ripe avocado into a mixing bowl. 
     Add 1 tablespoon each of these chopped vegetables:  jalapeno pepper, onion, green onion and tomato. 
     Add about 10 leaves of chopped fresh cilantro.
     Add sea salt and black pepper. 
     Add a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice. 
     Mix and mash the ingredients together. 
     Serve on a piece of lettuce on the plate.
     The tender chipotle flavored shredded pork flavor is fantastic!  The guacamole is very light and refreshing.  I never preferred to add sour cream to guacamole.  It is like diluting the avocado flavor.  The lime adds a cooling effect.  Placing the lettuce tomato and guacamole on the shredded pork tacos is the traditional way to eat tacos.  Tacos are fun finger food!  Delicious too! ...  Shawna

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