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Spiced Shredded Pork

Gorditas -- crisp pan-fried corn cakes -- are layered with avocado slices, shredded pork, tomato wedges, and sour cream, and then topped with a sprig of cilantro for flavorful Mexican fare.

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  • Servings: 4
Spiced Shredded Pork

Photography: Victoria Pearson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2006


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) low-sodium chicken stock (about 4 cups)
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeno chile with seeds, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro (2 1/2 to 3 cups), plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Mexican Corn Cakes
  • 1 avocado (preferably Hass), halved, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • 2 medium ripe red tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Mexican crema


  1. Preheat broiler. Combine pork, stock, half the onions, the jalapeno, cilantro, cumin, bay leaf, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pork registers 140 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Transfer pork to a rimmed baking sheet. Shred into 2-inch pieces with 2 forks. Add remaining onion. Stir in butter and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Broil pork until golden brown, 4 to 7 minutes.

  3. Top each corn cake with 3 avocado slices, heaping 1/3 cup pork, 2 tomato wedges, and 1 tablespoon sour cream. Garnish with cilantro.

Reviews (3)

  • kristinewebb 6 May, 2014

    This is such a great recipe especially with the corn cakes and beans. I've made it many times over the years for company and it's always a big hit. It's great for all ages and picky eaters too!

  • mlandcameron 29 Aug, 2013

    This is fantastic, EXCEPT the pork usually dries out. I just cook a pork loin in the crock pot and then follow the recipe from there. Oh, and I also add chipotle chile to the pork. Yum!

  • dawnsudduth 31 Jul, 2011

    This made the whole family happy, and I have the pickiest 14 year old anywhere. She cleaned her plate. That said it all for me.

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