So earlier this week, I got a big-time hankerin' for some Messkin' Food. Specifically, I was jonesin' for carnitas. Carnitas is/are basically just Mexican-themed pulled pork.
So Google and I discussed it, and I found a whole slew of recipes, but I was super-duper busy with work so I settled on "crock-pot" carnitas.
Now mind you, I didn't have a pork-roast on-hand (which kinda complicated matters!), so I dashed out to the grocery store before most-of-the-working-world woke-up. Five bucks and change got me a ~4# bone-in pork shoulder roast. Perfecto!
Oh, and "while I'm here," let me check the "Cheater's-Seasoning" aisle, and I picked up an envelope of Lawry's Smoky Pork Carnitas seasoning mix (the link is Amazon - pkg of 12 - and yes, I get a wee bit o' spliff if you use it) (but you can pretty-much pick it up at any grocery store, I bet'cha!)
I basically followed the directions on the package, except instead of using a can of tomato paste, I dumped in a 14.5oz can of diced tomatoes with jalapeno peppers, and a smaller (11oz?) can of corn with chipotle peppers. And I added a teaspoon of Hickory Liquid Smoke to bump-up the smoky flavor. I ended up with a lot more liquid than I needed - at the end. And it was SUPER spicy. So I poured it off and saved it for Showgirl Sunday Brunch!
Dinner was deeelish (burritos w/mexican rice and refried black beans). And I ended up with several containers of leftover carnitas!
Okay. On to today's recipe!
QT's Huevos Mexicanos with Chilaquiles and Fresh Guacamole
Serves two (with lots of leftovers!)
Chilaquiles (which - to me - are basically like a Mexican Lasagna - using soggy tortilla chips in place of pasta) (it tastes a lot better than it sounds - trust me!):
- Appx half of an 11oz bag of Tortilla Chips (I used a cheap brand of yellow chips)
- 1 smallish red onion, thinly sliced
- 4-5 white mushrooms, sliced
- ~1 cup of leftover carnitas pork
- 1/2 cup of leftover excess sauce from the carnitas
- 1/4 cup cream
- 1/2 can of Bush's Grillin' Beans - Black Bean Fiesta
- 1/2 small (4oz) can of diced green chiles
- Bag of shredded Mexican Blend cheese (Jack+Mild Cheddar+Queso Quesadilla+Asadero)(sadly, my actual measurements are in handfuls - but NO, it didn't take the entire bag!)
- Garnish(es): Fresh Salsa, sour cream, chopped green onion, sliced radishes, cilantro (whatever works!)
- Preheat your oven to 350*. Dump a thin layer of tortilla chips in the bottom of an oven-safe baking dish (I used a 9" round disposable aluminum pan). It's okay if they overlap a bit, and if you can't get them to fit properly, break 'em up a little.
- Heat-up some oil in a medium frying pan. Heat-up your leftover carnitas 'til warm. Then spread the meat somewhat-evenly over the tortilla chips. Spread a generous handful of cheese on top.
- Using the same pan, heat-up half-a-cup of your leftover carnitas sauce (or use some kind of spicy mole sauce - or even salsa, if you prefer). Pour it into a cup, and mix-in 1/4 cup of cream (makes it creamier and helps to dial-back the spiciness a bit). Set aside for a moment.
- Again, same pan, saute the sliced onions and shrooms 'til tender (add more oil, if needed). Then dump in half a can of Bushs Black-Bean Fiesta. Stir it all together 'til well-mixed and everything is warm. Dump the onion/shroom/bean mixture on top of the chips/meat/cheese. Top with more cheese :-)
- Add another layer of tortilla chips (same rules apply - breakage is fine). Try to get a good "cover" layer of chips. Pour the Mole/Sauce/Cream mixture over the whole thing, and top with even MORE cheese (all-told, I think I used roughly 3/4 - 1 cup of shredded cheese).
- Sprinkle some chopped green chiles (w/liquid), sparingly, over the top.
- Put the whole thing in the oven 'til the cheese is melted and starting to brown (appx 15-20 minutes).
- 2 smallish-medium avocados - preferably "somewhat squishy" (but not MUSHY)
- 1-2 TBS sour cream
- 1 tsp "Mexican Seasoning"
- 1 TBS fresh chunky salsa
- spritz of lime juice (optional - helps prevent browning)
- Peel and pit the avocados - hang onto one of the seeds (which also helps prevent browning)
- Mush 'em with a fork
- Add sour-cream and seasoning. Mix 'til it reaches your desired consistency (I like mine somewhat chunky - but if you're a smoothie, then by all mean, pop it in a food processor or whatever!)
- Add salsa to taste and stir it one final time.
- Put the avocado pit in the middle of your serving dish and it should stay delicious-looking through your meal!
- 6 medium eggs
- 1 TBS cream
- 1 tsp fresh salsa
- a bit of fresh chopped green onion
- 1/4 cup shredded Mexican Blend cheese
Ha! I hope I don't have to tell you how to scramble eggs! I used the same pan as before, but I cleaned it up first (since I prefer my scrambled eggs to remain mostly yellow). Scramble the eggs first, then as they approach done-ness, toss in your salsa and onions. Add the cheese last and stir til everything's nicely mixed.
Serve and Enjoy!
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Enjoying a nice, refreshing dust-bath after a long day of egg-laying!