Tinga Poblana Braised Pork

Flavorful shredded meat that's great in tacos, tortas, or tostadas.

4-6 servings

Time: 2 hrs 10 mins

By Ethan Chlebowski

Tinga poblana is a flavorful meat stew in smoky, chipotle & tomato sauce. I like to prep a large batch of this and use it for different meals throughout the week.

Ethan Chlebowski

Ethan Chlebowski



  • Pork

    • pork shoulder
      900 g2 lb
    • salt
      9 g1% by weight
    • water
    • bay leaves
  • Tinga poblana sauce

    • whole peeled tomatoes
      800 g1 28oz can
    • chipotles in adobo
    • garlic
      2 cloves
    • dried oregano
      a sprinkle
    • onions
      , thinly sliced
    • bay leaves
    • salt
      to taste
    • sugar
      to taste
    • neutral oil


Step 1: Braise & shred pork

Cut the pork shoulder into 1-2" chunks. Season the meat with an even sprinkle of salt (about 1% of the meat weight). Add the salted meat to a pot or dutch oven. Fill with water until the meat is just submerged, and add a bay leaf to the pot.

Bring the water to a , cover the pot, and then let the meat on low heat on the stovetop for 1-2 hours until tender and shreddable.

  • Meanwhile, prepare the sauce or other serving ingredients.

Reserve about a cup of the cooking liquid, including some of the rendered fat that gathers at the top of the braise. Drain the rest of the liquid off, shred the pork pieces with a fork or by hand, and reserve.

  • If needed, this braising step can be done ahead of time.

Step 2: Blend & simmer sauce

To a blender or food processor, add the canned tomatoes, chipotles (and some of their liquid from the can), garlic, and oregano. Puree until smooth, using some of the reserved braising liquid to thin out the sauce until it blends easily.

Add a thin layer of oil to a large pan or dutch oven and the onions and bay leaf for 1-2 minutes until aromatic. Add the blended tinga sauce to the hot pan (be careful: it should fry and splatter some) and for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove the bay leaf. Taste the tinga sauce and adjust with a sprinkle of salt and a spoonful of sugar (optional) for seasoning and balance.

Step 3: Toss in meat & serve

Toss in the braised, shredded pork. Mix that up until incorporated. You want the flavor to develop, so turn the heat down and until thickened, about 10 more minutes.

Turn off the heat once the pork is coated with the sauce to your desired consistency. Taste and adjust with more salt or sugar, if needed.

Store the tinga meat in a container in the fridge for several days. Use throughout the week as a versatile and flavorful protein. For example, serve on tostadas, tacos, tortas, etc.



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