Servings: 8 servings
3 pounds boneless pork (butt, shoulder or loin with some fat on!) cut into 2” chunks, or substitute for chicken)
1¼ cup fresh orange juice
1¼ cup water
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
5 Ancho chiles (about 55 grams), tops and seeds removed
1½ cup of the Chile soaking liquid (see below)
½ cup white onion, roughly chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
2/3 cup cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
3 tablespoons corn oil
¼ teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or more to taste
Flour tortillas, warmed, optional
Place rinsed meat chunks in an extended 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 it simmer for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until most liquid has cooked off and the meat is thoroughly cooked and has rendered most of its fat.
Meanwhile, remove stems from 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 chiles and 1½ cup 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 corn oil over medium heat. Pour in the chile sauce and let it season and simmer 4 to 5 minutes. Toss in the shredded meat along with any of its remaining cooking broth. Sprinkle ¼ 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 around 20 minutes. Salt to taste.
Serve with warmed flour tortillas on the side. If you wish, spoon chilorio on tortillas and roll them into burritas. They are wonderful with refried beans and avocado or guacamole on the side as well.
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