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Pass the Latin flavor! Pulled pork, margaritas

Craving a sensual, eat-with-your-hands dining experience? Try these recipes from Food Network hostess Ingrid Hoffman's new cookbook, “Simply Delicioso.” On the menu: Mexican pulled pork and spicy-sweet guava-jalapeño margaritas.

Mexican pulled pork (tinga poblana)
Servings:

Serves 8

Ingredients

    • 1 pound (about 3 medium) russet potatoes, peeled and diced
    • 1 2- to 3-pound pork loin
    • 1 yellow onion, chopped, plus 1/2 yellow onion left whole
    • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 12 ounces raw chorizo, casing removed
    • 5 small tomatoes, peeled, cored, and chopped
    • 2 canned chipotle chiles en adobo, finely chopped (seeded and ribbed for less heat)
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
    • Salt
  • For serving

    • 16 corn or flour tortillas
    • 4 medium Hass avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
    • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
    • Lime wedges

Preparation

Baking Directions:

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and set aside.2. Place the pork in a large pot of water. Add the onion half, the garlic and the bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently until the pork is cooked through, about 45 minutes (you can cut off a small chunk and see if it is still pink in the middle). Remove the pork from the water and set it aside until it is cool enough to handle (discard the cooking liquid). Using your fingers or two forks, shred the meat into small pieces and set aside.3. Break the chorizo into small pieces and fry it over medium-high heat in a large skillet or pot, stirring often, until it is completely cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the chorizo to a paper-towel-lined plate. Add the chopped onion to the same skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the shredded pork, the potatoes, the tomatoes and the chipotle chiles and cook until the tomatoes break down and release their juices, about 15 minutes. Return the cooked chorizo to the pan and stir in the vinegar, thyme, marjoram and some salt. Continue to cook over medium heat until some of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes.4. While the pork cooks, heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add a tortilla and warm for 10 to 15 seconds. Flip the tortilla over and continue to warm until the tortilla is pliable and heated through, another 10 to 20 seconds. Place on a plate, cover with a kitchen towel, and set aside; repeat with the remaining tortillas. (Or warm the tortillas in the microwave: Stack them on a plate and cover with a damp cloth, microwave for 30 seconds, and keep them covered until you're ready to serve.)5. Place the tinga in a serving bowl or bring it to the table in the cooking pot. Arrange the tortillas, avocados, and cilantro on a platter so each diner can fill a tortilla with some of the meat and accompaniments. Pass a bowl of lime wedges around the table to squeeze over each serving.

Guava-jalapeño margaritas
Servings:

Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 3 jalapeños
    • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons tequila
    • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons lime juice (from about 5 limes), plus extra lime wedges for the glass rims (optional)
    • 1/4 cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier
    • 3 tablespoons guava juice
    • Coarse salt or margarita salt (optional)

Preparation

Baking Directions:

1. Place 2 whole jalapeños and the tequila in a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 1 day.2. Pour the tequila into a pitcher or a large punch bowl and add the lime juice, Cointreau, and guava juice. Stir to combine and chill in the refrigerator.3. If you would like to have a salted rim for your margaritas, place the salt on a flat plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of each glass, turn it upside down onto the salt, and then twist the glass in the salt to coat the rim.4. Thinly slice the remaining jalapeño. Serve the margarita straight up in a martini glass with some jalapeños floating in the glass, or slit one side of the jalapeño ring and hang on the side of the glass.

Ingrid Hoffmann is the host of Food Network's “Simply Delicioso” as well as the hit series “Delicioso,” on the Spanish-language network Galavision/Univision, which is currently in its fifth season. Check out her first cookbook, “Simply Delicioso: A Collection of Everyday Recipes with a Latin Twist,” for more meal ideas that put a Latin spin on classic American dishes.

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