Monday, September 14, 2009

Chipotle Tacos

    2 ½ pounds bone-in pork butt
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 large onions, chopped
    1 1/2 cups chopped fresh cilantro
    3 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chilies
    12 small corn tortillas
    2 15 oz. ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 1/2 cups chopped green onions
    2 avocados, pitted, peeled, diced
    Lime wedges
    Salsa of your choosing

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pork on baking sheet, then sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast pork until brown and very tender, about two hours.* Once out of the oven, set the pork aside and allow to cool, and then shred. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until tender. Add shredded pork, cilantro, and chopped chipotle chilies with their sauce to the skillet and stir until heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Wrap tortillas in aluminum foil and heat in oven for ten minutes. Meanwhile, stir beans in saucepan over medium-low heat until heated, then mash the beans so that they are still chunky but also creamy. Remove from heat.

    To assemble tacos, first spread the mashed beans on each tortilla, top with the pork mixture, then sprinkle with green onions and avocados. Serve with salsa and a lime wedge. *Make sure meat is fully cooked before shredding.

    Alma-Rita Cocktail

    Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off with ALMA awards airing this Friday hosted by Eva Longoria Parker and George Lopez, honorees Salma Hayek and Oscar De La Hoya, as well as a bevy of popular Latino artists including Rita Moreno who will award Ricardo Montalban a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award.This refreshing cocktail is perfect additon to your night of glamour during the Alma Awards.

    1 oz. Tequila*
    1 oz. Orange Liqueur*
    3 oz. Tropicana Pure Valencia with Mango Juice
    Fresh mango slices

    Rim your margarita glass with sugar. Add some ice to the glass, and shake the tequila, orange liqueur, and Tropicana Pure Valencia Juice in a martini shaker. Pour drink over the ice, and garnish with a slice of mango. Alternatively, you can blend the ice and drink mixture together for a frozen ALMArita!

    *Liquor is optional. Simply replace the tequila and orange liqueur with a sparkling citrus beverage, such as Sierra Mist, then mix and enjoy!