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Give Your Fiesta a Juicy Twist (NewsUSA) - Cinco de Mayo - the remembrance of the Battle of Puebla - is usually marked by fiesta-inspired gatherings and a sense of independence. But what's a fiesta without some traditional Mexican cuisine?
When slow-cooked with beef or other meats, raisins enhance the juicy quality and flavor of the dish while making it healthier to boot. So, if flavor isn't enough to inspire you to take your Cinco de Mayo to the juicy side, raisins are a healthy addition to any part of the meal because they are both fat-free and cholesterol-free, high in antioxidants, contain fiber and are an excellent source of energy.
Here's a recipe from California Raisins that will help you kick off your fiesta this Cinco de Mayo:
Prep time: 20 minutes - Cook time: 5-10 hours
Trim fat from pork, and cut into 2-inch cubes. Stir together dry seasonings in a small bowl, and sprinkle over pork, turning to coat all sides. Place tomatoes, lime juice, one onion and one clove of garlic into a large slow cooker, and top with pork and raisins. Cover and cook on high for five hours or on low for ten hours.
Remove meat from slow cooker with a slotted spoon, and place in a large bowl to keep warm. Pour juices from slow cooker into a medium saucepan. Add the remaining onion, garlic and dried pepper to saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool slightly, then puree in a blender or food processor. Shred pork using two forks, and stir in half the sauce. Spoon into tortillas, if desired, and serve with avocado, cilantro and remaining sauce.
For more recipe ideas, visit www.LoveYourRaisins.com.
Serving Size: Makes 8 - 10 Servings
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