Category Archives: Pork Dishes

Braised Pork Tacos

This is another Rachel Ray “Week in a Day” Recipe! This is defnitely a new recipe for me and definitely a keeper!!

  • 1 (4 – 5 lb.) boneless pork shoulder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 TBLS vegetable oil
  • 2 TBLS extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, cut into wedges
  • 4 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 chopped oregano leaves (half a palmful)
  • 2 red chilies, thinly sliced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle Mexican beer
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 4 oranges, juiced about 2 cups (I found it took about 6 oranges to get 2 cups)
  • 1 chipotle pepper, seeded and finely chopped, plus 1 TBLS of adobo sauce (I couldn’t find a chipotle pepper, so I used 2 extra chilies and Adobe seasoning
  • 2 limes juiced

Preparing the Pork Shoulder:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Season the pork generously with salt and pepper and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Pat the pork dry with a paper towel. Heat a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over high heat with 2 TBLS of vegetable oil, 2 turns of the pan. Put the pork in the pot and evenly brown the meat all over, it will take about 10 to 12 minutes; remove the pork to a plate and reserve.

Turn heat down to medium-high, and add the extra-virgin olive oil to the pot, a couple of turns of the pan. Add the onions and garlic, salt and pepper, to taste, the oregano, 1 sliced chili pepper and 2 bay leaves and cook for 7 to 8 minutes. Deglaze the pot with the beer, scraping up the bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Stir in the chicken stock and orange juice.

Add the reserved pork back to the pot (the liquid should come about 2/3 the way up the meat) and bring to a simmer. Cover and put the pork in the oven, turning the meat halfway through cooking, until the meat is very tender, about 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Remove the pork from the pot, to a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm. When cool enough to handle, pull the meat apart with 2 forks.


Simmer the braising liquid over medium heat until reduced by half. Add the chipotle and adobo sauce and the lime juice.

**After simmering this mixture, I cooled the liquid slightly and then blended it to puree the onions, peppers and garlic in the sauce.**

Then add the shredded meat and stir.

Pickled onions:

  • 1 1/2 cups white wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar (I used brown balsamic vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 small red onions, thinly sliced

While the pork is cooking, prepare the pickled red onions. In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar, sugar, teaspoon salt, remaining chili pepper and bay leaves to a simmer over low heat. Put the sliced red onions in a small sealable container. Carefully pour the hot liquid over the onions, cover and give it a shake. You may need to lift the lid to release some of the pressure. Every now and then, give it a good shake. Refrigerate to cool.


  • 1 cup drained sliced store-bought pickled jalapenos or banana pepper rings
  • 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresno or 2 cups shredded Monterey jack
  • 16 corn or flour tortillas, charred over open flame and kept warm in tortilla warmer or towel

To serve, put the chipotle pulled pork on a platter and garnish with pickled onions and pickled jalapeno slices. Serve with shredded cabbage, crumbled cheese and tortillas for wrapping. 🙂



Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Pork Dishes, Tacos, Yummy