Getting pretty pumped up for Art on the Ave over here—we made hand-designed t-shirts to sell at the event. $20, let me know if you want your own! We only made about 20 shirts, so they are practically collector’s items.
Well, it’s the middle of the week and you’re probably thinking what in the gallbladder am I going to make for myself and the masses to eat tonight? If it’s a crockpot kind of day, pull the pork loins out of the freezer and try this spicy dish. I found that it went very well on those Italian piadine I made the other day. Very, very well. It actually tasted a bit like Indian food, as someone remarked the other day how my piadine looked just like Indian chapati. Chipotle chipati—mmmm.
Chipotle Pulled Pork
Adapted from Hyvee Seasons Spring 2013
2 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder (I used pork tenderloin, with bones, which I carefully picked out after the meat fell off in the slow cooker)
salt and black pepper, to taste
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce (I used ketchup)
1/2 c. water
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
3 canned chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce, sliced with seeds (forgot to slice—and I just used a whole can of the stuff because when I went to the grocery story with this on my list, I thought it said 3 cans of chilis with adobo sauce, not three discrete chilis)
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
4 cloves garlic, minced
corn or floured tortillas, optional
Desired toppings, optional
Trim excess fat from pork shoulder; season with salt and black pepper. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat; brown all sides of meat. Slice onion and garlic and sauté until brown.
In a 3-1/2- to 4-quart slow-cooker, combine browned pork shoulder, tomato sauce, water, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, coriander and garlic. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 8 to 10 hours or HIGH heat for 5 to 6 hours.
You can either remove the meat from the yummy spicy liquid or keep it in there to marinate. Serve on warm corn or flour tortillas with desired toppings. Or, wrap up the pork in a piadine!
5 stars! See you at Art on the Ave on Saturday. Get your shirts while they’re hot, (mom).