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Pork Tinga (Mexican Pulled Pork)

March 3, 2012

If you’ve never heard of pork tinga, it is basically the Mexican version of our American BBQ: tender pulled pork, slowly cooked, and packed with heat and some major flavors. I’m a huge fan of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and always have a can handy to spice things up, enjoying their wonderful smokiness with anything from meat to chili to salsa. Here they add a pleasant kick to a tender stew of pork, spicy chorizo, and potatoes, creating the perfect filling for hearty tacos.

This is a great ‘get-together’ dish as it’ll feed a lot of people and can easily be made ahead and reheated just before serving, leaving you plenty of time to mingle. The flavor is rich and spicy with incredible depth – a fantastic Mexican recipe from chef Rick Bayless for a low-stress dinner party…or a lot of leftovers!

Serve with a fruity, rich Syrah or favorite Mexican beer.

Pork Tinga

Adapted from Rick Bayless’s recipe
Active time: 45 minutes
Total time: 1hr 45 minutes
Serves 4
1 1/4 pounds trimmed boneless pork shoulder or butt, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3 bay leaves
3/4 pound red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large fresh chorizo, casing removed
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
One 28-ounce can peeled Italian tomatoes, chopped and drained
2 chipotle chiles in adobo, seeded and minced, plus 4 teaspoons sauce
Salt and sugar, for seasoning
Garnish: avocado, red onion, queso fresco, flour tortillas


In a large saucepan, simmer the pork, marjoram, thyme and bay leaves in 4 cups of salted water, partially covered, until the meat is tender, 45 minutes.

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Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pork to a plate; let cool slightly, then tear it into smaller pieces. Skim the fat from the pork broth; reserve 1 1/2 cups.

Pork Tinga

In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the potatoes until just tender, about 8 minutes. Drain well.

In a medium, deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the chorizo and stir over moderately low heat, breaking it up, until cooked through, 10 minutes; transfer to a plate.

Pork Tinga

Add the pork and onion to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until well-browned, 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes and chorizo and cook for 5 minutes.

Pork Tinga

Add the potatoes, chipotle, adobo sauce and the 1 1/2 cups of pork broth; simmer for 10 minutes.

Pork Tinga

Season with salt and a pinch of sugar and serve with flour tortillas, sliced avocado, red onion and queso fresco.

Pork Tinga

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  • charlotte March 6, 2012 at 8:45 am


  • Lorrie Aronson March 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! This sounds (and LOOKS) amazing. My parents were big fans of Rick Bayless.

    • Sandra March 7, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      My pleasure! Rick is a star when it comes to bringing Mexican food home. Hope you’ll enjoy making it (and eating it!) as much as I did!

  • anna March 9, 2012 at 3:04 am

    love the pics on this post!

    • Sandra March 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks! Quite a compliment coming from a vegetarian! 😉

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