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Spicy Mexican Shredded Pork Tostadas (Tinga)

by DrDan at 101 Cooking For Two May-15-2011

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.


1 slab (about 1 1/2 lb) boneless country style pork rib or pork loin or tenderloin
14 oz can beef broth
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves minced

2 T
chili powder

1 t

1/2 t
thyme (optional)

Part Two
2 t
vegetable oil
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 T
chili powder
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t salt
1/2 t chipotle powder

8 six inch corn tortilla
to taste salt


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.


Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 2 hour 30 mins Total time: 2 hour 35 mins Yield: 8 servings