Cilantro Pulled Pork over Polenta


Polenta is the new addition to my menu! I wanted to try it for so long, I didn’t even know what it was!? Well, to my education, it is just corn meal coarse grind. I was so surprised that being a Mexican, and corn being such an important part of our diet, we Mexicans do not prepare this kind of dish, or at least me and nobody around me don’t, it comes form the northern part of Italy. Its flavor is so mild that you can give any flavor you wish, depending what you want to pair it with. This time, I prepared without any addition, since I wanted to taste its true flavor. But I think you can add any spice and also you could add any sharp cheese. It might become americanized since traditionally it is served plain.

I prepared a pulled pork with a cilantro enhanced flavor and paired perfect with the polenta. Combination of cultures!!



For the pork:

1 1/2 Pork shoulder

2 Roma tomatoes

1/2 Onion

1 large garlic clove

Big bunch of cilantro (about 1/4 of the bunch is sold)

1 teaspoon Chipotle powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper


For Polenta:

1 Cup Coarse grind cornmeal

1 Teaspoon Salt

2 cups of water



Cilantro Pulled Pork

  • Mix all spices

  • Cover shoulder pork with spices both sides

  • Place it in the crock pot and slow cook for 6 hours over medium high heat or until the meat is falling apart

  • Blend tomatoes, cilantro, onion and garlic

  • When the meat is done, pull the pork, get rid of the big chunks of fat
  • Pour into pulled pork blender contents and keep heating for half an hour more
  • Serve over polenta


  • Bring to boil 2 cups of water
  • Add the polenta very slowly and stirring constantly so it doesn’t form little balls

  • Lower heat and cook for about 30 minutes stirring frequently

  • It is done when you lift some and it doesn’t fall from your spoon

  • If you have leftovers, lay it on a flat container and it will dry and can be cut into bricks

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