2 1/2-pound pork shoulder
Salt and pepper
2 medium yellow onions, one quartered and one finely chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into chunks
6 cloves of garlic, 2 whole and 4 finely chopped
1 large lemon, halved
Sachet of rosemary, thyme, parsley, oregano, sage, and bay
2 cups water
3 to 4 Ancho chilis, stemmed and seeded
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon coriander
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 large fresh bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
1 15-ounce can petite diced tomatoes or tomatoes with chilis
Toasted sesame seeds, chopped cilantro (optional), pickled jalapeos and chopped red onion, for garnish
Heat 2 tablespoons of EVOO in a Dutch oven over high heat.
Season pork liberally with salt and pepper. Place into pot and brown on all sides. Remove and reserve.
Into the same pot, add 2 more tablespoons of EVOO, if needed. Add quartered onion, carrot, whole garlic cloves and cook until soft. Put the pork back into the pot and fill with enough water to cover meat. Add lemon and herb sachet. Cook over medium heat for 1 1/2-2 hours, until pork is cooked through.
Remove pork and strain braising liquid back into pot. Add anchos and cook over medium heat to soften. Pure liquid in a food processor and reserve. Shred pork using two forks.
In a large saut pan, heat remaining 2 tablespoons EVOO and saut chopped onion and chopped garlic. Add salt, pepper, cocoa powder, cumin, coriander and oregano. When onions and garlic are soft, add shredded pork, 2 cups ancho pure, bay leaf, cinnamon stick and tomatoes. Cook over medium heat until simmering and reduce until thick like a stew.
Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, cilantro, jalapeos and red onion. Serve with either rice or warm flour tortillas.