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    Chipotle Carnitas

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    Winks #5's Note:

    Haven't tried this yet but believe it may be the Chipotle Carnitas recipe which is to die for. Will be trying soon. Braised Pork Shoulder with Tomatoes, Cumin, Cloves and Chipotle Peppers Adapted from the Niman Ranch Cookbook

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    1. 1
      Rub some salt and pepper on the pork shoulder (or beef if you're using that).
    2. 2
      In a dutch oven heat the oil over medium high heat. Sear the pork shoulder on all sides until it is browned. Remove the pork and set aside for now.
    3. 3
      Add the cumin seeds to the pan and toast in the hot oil until fragrant. Add the chopped onions and saute until lightly browned on the edges. Then add the garlic and chopped chipotle peppers and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the whole can of tomatoes including the liquid, bay leaves, dried oregano, cloves, chicken stock or some water and scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the pork back to the pan and bring the contents up to a boil then lower to a bare simmer. Braise until the pork is fall apart tender, about 3 - 4 hours (or 6 hours in a slow cooker). You can braise on the stovetop on a low heat setting, in the oven at 325 deg F, or in a slow cooker.
    4. 4
      The meat is done when it is fall apart tender. Try your best to remove it in one piece and set aside. Remove the cloves, bay leaves, and oregano sprig (if you used the sprigs) from the braising liquid. Then in a food processor or blender puree into a sauce. If the sauce is too thin, simmer it on the stovetop until it has reduced a little. Meanwhile, using two forks, shred the pork shoulder. Return the shredded meat to the simmering sauce. Let it heat through and soak up all the flavor and juices.

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    • on December 22, 2014


      I tried this recently and it turned out very well, but the road to the end was rocky. The suggestion to put boiling hot broth, tomatoes, etc. into a blender and turn it on was a terrible one. I succeeded in splattering the burning hot liquid all over myself and my kitchen, resulting in some minor burns and a huge mess to clean up. I finally just skipped the pureeing step and used the broth as it was. Upon researching what I did wrong, I have learned that when you blend hot liquids in a regular blender, you need to remove the cap over the little hole in the lid and place a folded towel over the hole. Then hold that on as you blend. This allows the steam to escape and prevent the explosion that I had. I haven't put this to the test, but found the suggestion when I did an Internet search. So be careful!

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    • on February 04, 2014


      Chipotle gets my money like a dope man! 3 times a week adds up so finding a SERIOUS replacement was crucial. I'm a barbacoa girl, the carnitas was for my sweetie. I had to tweek this a little because he doesn't like spicy food. I had no experience with chipotle peppers but a drop of the sauce set my mouth on fire! I rinsed them off and only put in 1 1/2. In the preparation instructions it didn't specifically mention the adobo sauce so I didn't put it in and I'm glad I didn't. He said it had a little bit of a kick and that would've been too much. He loved it, kept talking about it, said it was more than an adequate substitute. Instead of cumin seeds I used 1/2 tsp ground cumin. Instead of 2 whole cloves I used about 2 shakes of ground, cloves are potent and instead of whole garlic cloves I used 1 tsp. minced. Everything else was to the letter and it was great. For anyone who has doubts just try it. If you spend money at Chipotles every month like you do on your cable bill this will be a real welcome.

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    • on August 07, 2013


      I made this a little while ago and am about to make it again. I used canned chipotle pepers in adobo sauce. The can comes with about 6 peppers. I used 3-4 and it added a little kick. Cooked in the slow cooker on LOW for 8-9 hours. Was absolutely delicious. Of course it's not just like Chipotle but when added with cilantro lime rice, white cheddar, pico de gallo, and sour cream, this was BETTER than any Chipotle I've eaten and it felt even better to eat because I made it myself. I removed a lot of fat from the roast before I made it and I regret doing that. I think this time I'll leave all the fat and try to remove it after cooking. <br/><br/>Overall, I love this recipe and will make it often. Something easy that you can prepair in about 15 min and let it sit while you are at work. Come home for dinner, rip it apart and finish up. I made about 8 large burritos with this recipe (ate 6 myself over a few days).

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    Nutritional Facts for Chipotle Carnitas

    Serving Size: 1 (195 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 347.9
    Calories from Fat 234
    Total Fat 26.0 g
    Saturated Fat 8.7 g
    Cholesterol 96.6 mg
    Sodium 92.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 3.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    Sugars 1.5 g
    Protein 23.9 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    fresh oregano

    adobo sauce

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