Recipe by ChelseaW
I saw this on Pati's Mexican Table and had to try it right away. We really enjoyed the and the burritos freeze really well.
- 3 lbs boneless pork, cut into 2-inch chunks (butt, shoulder or loin with some fat on!)
- 1 1⁄4 cups fresh orange juice
- 1 1⁄4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt or 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 5 dried ancho chiles, tops and seeds removed (about 55 grams)
- 1 1⁄2 cups of liquid used to soak chilies (see below)
- 1⁄2 cup white onion, roughly chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1⁄2 cup fresh parsley leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper (to taste)
- 2⁄3 cup cider vinegar or 2⁄3 cup distilled white vinegar
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste) or 1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt (to taste)
- flour tortilla, warmed (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- Place rinsed meat chunks in a heavy pot. Barely cover with the orange juice and water, add a teaspoon of salt and set over high heat. Once it comes to a boil, bring the heat down to medium and let is simmer for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until most of the liquid has cooked off and the meat is thoroughly cooked, and has rendered most of its fat. You could also do this in the crockpot on high for 4-6 hours.
- Meanwhile, remove the stems from the chiles, make a slit down their sides and remove their seeds and veins. Place them in a bowl, cover them with boiling hot water, and let them sit and rehydrate for about 15 minutes. Place the chiles and 1 1/2 cups of their soaking liquid in the blender along with the onion, garlic, parsley, oregano, cumin, black pepper, vinegar, and puree until smooth.
- Once the meat is ready, place it in a bowl along with any remaining cooking broth. Once it is cool enough to handle, shred it with your hands or using two forks.
- In the same pot, heat oil over medium heat. Pour in the chile sauce and let it season and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Toss in the shredded meat along with any of its remaining cooking broth. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and let it cook, stirring often, until the meat has absorbed most of the chile sauce, which will have thickened, seasoned and changed color to a much darker tone. It will take about 20 minutes. Taste for salt and add more if need be.
- Serve with warmed flour tortillas on the side. If you wish, spoon chilorio on tortillas and roll them into burritas or burras. They are wonderful with refried beans and avocado or guacamole on the side as well.