We rarely have fast food, but when we do my #1 choice is always Chipotle. I remember Jon had to drag me there for the first time, almost kicking and screaming. What was I thinking? The burritos became one of my favorite things, loving to try new combinations. At the time, the closest one was 2 hours – so, I started making my own. ChipotleFan is a great source for all kinds of Chipotle “copycat” recipes, their chicken marinade is k-i-l-l-e-r. I haven’t tried a recipe on there that isn’t spot-on. But, time after time I kept coming back to the carnitas with the corn salsa.
So, here’s my homemade version, in all it’s glory. I love the lightly seasoned pork, and the roasted peppers and corn all wrapped up in a soft tortilla. I’ll usually make it with leftover pork, which makes for an easier weeknight meal. The components are great on their own too, as more of a burrito bowl style. I like to keep the filling simple – rice, beans, pork, and salsa. But, a bit of sour cream, cheese, or guac is great inside as well!
Carnitas Burritos with Poblano-Corn Salsa
1 lb carnitas or pulled pork, warmed
2 cups cooked cilantro lime rice
1 (15) oz can black beans
2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
2 poblano peppers
1 jalapeno pepper
1/2 red onion, chopped
juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
salt, to taste
4 large (12-14 inch) tortillas
To make the salsa, roast the poblano peppers on a grill, an open flame, or in the broiler until charred all over. Place in a bowl and seal with plastic wrap. Let sit 10 minutes. Meanwhile combine the corn, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Once peppers have “steamed”, remove as much charred skin as you can. Dice the peppers and add to the bowl with the other ingredients. Toss to combine, season to taste with salt, and set aside.
To assemble the burritos, warm the tortillas on a plate covered with a damp paper towel in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Lay one tortilla on a flat work surface. Place 1/2 cup rice, 1/4 cup black beans, 1/2 cup pork, and 1/4 cup salsa, and a dollop of sour cream on the burrito. Fold the two sides over onto the top or the filling, then fold the bottom up and under the filling, and roll all the way up. Wrap burrito in a small sheet of aluminum foil to serve.
Source: Poblano-Corn Salsa adapted from Chipotle Fan