Every time I prepare Mexican food at the ad agency I prepare lunches for, everyone becomes overly excited. Tacos, enchiladas, huevos rancheros, burrito bowls, all are on the top of the list of their favorite meals and I don't blame them. To make life easier on me, I pull out the handy instant pot to prepare large quantities of carnitas or braised pork. Today is no different as I will be using the handy pressure cooker to prepare these amazing chipotle mojo pork tacos. Full of flavor and ready in half the time? Sign me up.
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If you don't have an instant pot or pressure cooker, this recipe can easily be adapted for the oven. Simply preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine all the ingredients for the pork, including the pork, in a roasting pan. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and braise in the oven for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until the meat can easily be shredded with a fork.
Once the pork is ready, shred the meat into bite-size pieces. Use the cooking liquid and add orange juice, lime juice, cumin, cilantro, and oregano to make one delicious sauce. Add the pork back to the seasoned juices and simmer until almost all of the liquid has evaporated.
I find that when you braise a chunk of meat, the inside might not be as well seasoned as the outer crust. By shredding the pork and letting it soak up the juices, it becomes that much more flavorful.
While the pork is cooking, prepare the chipotle sour cream and avocado tomatillo salsa. The avocado tomatillo salsa is made from avocadoes, tomatillos, jalapeno, and cilantro. You can choose to add lime juice but tomatillos are tart already so taste before seasoning.
Slice up some fresh pineapple and give them a nice char to caramelize the outside. Crumble up some cotija cheese, slice some limes, and your toppings all ready to go.
It's finally time to assemble the chipotle mojo pork tacos and enjoy the fruits of our labor. I love how easily this meal comes together and for restaurant-quality tacos! I promise you these chipotle mojo pork tacos are juicy, moist, and oh so delicious. Make a large batch of braised pork and use the leftovers for nachos, quesadillas, or whatever your heart desires!
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