Spicy Mexican Shredded Pork Tostadas (Tinga)

Published March 1, 2010. From Cook's Illustrated.

Why this recipe works:

We wanted our pork tostadas recipe to have the crisp texture and smoky tomato flavor characteristic of traditional Mexican shredded pork. To get smoky, fork-tender pork on the stovetop, we simmered cubed Boston butt in water flavored with garlic, onion, and thyme, then sautéed the drained meat… read more

We wanted our pork tostadas recipe to have the crisp texture and smoky tomato flavor characteristic of traditional Mexican shredded pork. To get smoky, fork-tender pork on the stovetop, we simmered cubed Boston butt in water flavored with garlic, onion, and thyme, then sautéed the drained meat in a hot frying pan to make it crisp. Finally, we used canned tomato sauce and chipotle chile powder to build a deep and complex sauce for our shredded pork tostada recipe.

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Serves 4 to 6

The trimmed pork should weigh about 1 1/2 pounds. Tinga is traditionally served on tostadas (crisp fried corn tortillas), but you can also use the meat in tacos and burritos or simply served over rice. Make sure to buy tortillas made only with corn, lime, and salt—preservatives will compromise quality. For tips on baking tostadas, see How to Bake Tostadas (related). Our winning brand of ready-made tostadas, Mission, is also an excellent choice. We prefer the complex flavor of chipotle powder, but two minced canned chipotle chiles can be used in its place. The pork can be prepared through step 1 and refrigerated in an airtight container for 2 days. The tostadas can be made up to a day in advance and stored in an airtight container.

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