Pork Tinga

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Pork Tinga

This is one my new favorite recipes!  It is the ultimate comfort food and just bursting with flavor.  If you can’t find fresh chorizo, use a dried chorizo.  Just don’t sauté it.  You can add it into the dish at the same time as the tomatoes. 


1 1/4 pounds trimmed boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3 bay leaves
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, to taste
Avocado, for serving
Red onion, for serving
Queso fresco, for serving


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. 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.

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. 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. Add the chipotles, adobo sauce and the 1 1/2 cups of pork broth; simmer for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Serve with sliced avocado, red onion and queso fresco.

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