Restaurant Recipes

Chipotle Mexican Grill Braised Pork Shoulder

This is an authentic recipe...I saw it on Cooking with Beth and Bill.

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  • 1 (6 pound) pork shoulder, boneless
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 to 4 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 dried chipotle chiles
  • 3/4 cup water or meat stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Generously salt and pepper the pork shoulder; let meat come to room temperature, about 2 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. Add olive oil to a large ovenproof pan. Sear the pork over medium-high heat until very brown on all sides.
  4. Remove pork from the pan; let rest on a platter for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Leaving an even coating, drain excess oil from the pan.
  6. Add onions; sweat over low heat until translucent.
  7. Return pork to the pan; add remaining ingredients. Cover pan, place in the oven and cook for 2 to 3 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 140 to 150 degrees F.
  8. Let pork rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
  9. Serve with potatoes and vegetables.


Submitted to Recipe Goldmine by Amy McClure

Source: Chef Steve Ells, Chipotle Mexican Grill

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