101 Cooking For Two - Everyday Recipes for Two: Spicy Mexican Shredded Pork Tostadas (Tinga)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spicy Mexican Shredded Pork Tostadas (Tinga)

When I saw this on ATK, I knew I would do a version someday.

This is a modified ATK recipe that they are calling Tinga.  As I read others opinion of the recipe several criticisms appeared common. They poached the pork in water with a little onion and spice that produced a bland meat and the final result apparently reflected that. What I really did like about their recipe the toasting of the meat to a produce seared flavor. I kept that part.


So I combined their recipe with one of mine and ended up with an excellent meal. I poached the meat in broth with spices, onion and garlic. I used a Dutch oven in the over for the poaching so I wouldn't need to pay any attention to it. I then toasted the meat until browning and added the final tomato sauce and spicing.

Rating
Yep it earned the 5.

Notes: The main spice in ATK version was chipotie. While I like chipotie, it is not the only spice I want in my Mexican. I added chili powder and cumin from my shredded pork recipe and it was just right. The spicy rate on this is 4/10. Increase the spices to your taste.
A pork tenderloin sliced across grain or boneless pork loin should both work just as well as my boneless pork ribs.

 What you need. First preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Cut a slab of boneless pork ribs into 1 inch strips. A pork tenderloin sliced across grain or boneless pork loin should both work just as well as my boneless pork ribs.
Chop a medium onion, mince the garlic and combine with a can of beef broth, 2 T chili powder, 1 t cumin and 1/2 t thyme in a Dutch oven and add just enough water to cover the pork (about 1/2 cup).
Bring to a boil then cover and place in oven for 90 minutes.
Remove from oven and remove meat. Reserve 1/2 cup of the liquid and discard the rest.
In a large nonstick pan heat 2 t oil over medium high heat until shimmering, add the pork and using a wooden spoon break up the pork.
Cook until browning (about 8 minutes).
Add an 8 oz can of tomato sauce, the reserved liquid, 1 T chili powder and 1/2 t of cumin, salt and chipotie powder. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes.

Making the Tostadas
Add about 1/4 cup vegetable oil to a flat bottom pan and heat over medium high heat until shimmering. 
 Poke a fork multiple times into a six inch corn tortilla. Place in oil and hold down with a spatula.
Brown on each side for about 2 minutes then move to a paper towel covered plate to drain, sprinkle lightly with salt. Repeat until you have the desired number of tostadas.
Assemble to your preference. Suggestions: sour cream, cheeses, tomato, green onion, cilantro, avocado or whatever you want.




Spicy Mexican Shredded Pork Tostadas (Tinga)


This is a modified ATK recipe that they are calling Tinga. As I read others opinion of the recipe several criticisms appeared common. They poached the pork in water with a little onion and spice that produced a bland meat and the final result apparently reflected that. What I really did like about their recipe the toasting of the meat to a produce seared flavor. I kept that part. So I combined their recipe with one of mine and ended up with an excellent meal. I poached the meat in broth with spices, onion and garlic. I used a Dutch oven in the over for the poaching so I wouldn't need to pay any attention to it. I then toasted the meat until browning and added the final tomato sauce and spicing.
Ingredients
1 slab (about 1 1/2 lb) boneless country style pork rib or pork loin or tenderloin14 oz can beef broth1 medium onion chopped2 cloves minced garlic2 T chili powder1 t cumin1/2 t thyme (optional)
Part Two2 t vegetable oil8 oz can tomato sauce1 T chili powder1/2 t cumin1/2 t salt1/2 t chipotle powder
Tostadas8 six inch corn tortillato taste salt
Instructions
1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cut a slab of boneless pork ribs into 1 inch strips. A pork tenderloin sliced across grain or boneless pork loin should both work just as well as my boneless pork ribs. Chop a medium onion, mince the garlic and combine with a can of beef broth, 2 T chili powder, 1 t cumin and 1/2 t thyme in a Dutch oven.2) Add just enough water to cover the pork (about 1/2 cup). Bring to a boil then cover and place in oven for 90 minutes.3) Remove from oven and remove meat. Reserve 1/2 cup of the liquid and discard the rest. In a large nonstick pan heat 2 t oil over medium high heat until shimmering, add the pork and using a wooden spoon break up the pork and then cook until browning (about 8 minutes).4) Add an 8 oz can of tomato sauce, the reserved liquid, 1 T chili powder and 1/2 t of cumin, salt and chipotie powder. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes.5) Add about 1/4 cup vegetable oil to a flat bottom pan and heat over medium high heat until shimmering. Poke a fork multiple times into a six inch corn tortilla. Place in oil and hold down with spatula.6) Brown on each side for about 2 minutes then move to a paper towel covered plate to drain, sprinkle lightly with salt. Repeat until you have the desired number of tostadas.7) Assemble to your preference. Suggestions: sour cream, cheeses, tomato, green onion, cilantro, avocado or whatever you want.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 servings

Updated

May 4 2012

DrDan

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3 Comments:

At May 16, 2011 at 9:24 AM , Blogger Jeffrey and Juli said...

This looks great! Putting it on our to-do list. :)

 
At May 16, 2011 at 10:17 PM , Blogger Dr Dan said...

Thanks, It's on my repeat list.

 
At May 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM , Blogger Toyin O. said...

This looks really yummy, thanks for sharing.

 

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