You’ll love these amazing shredded pork smothered burritos, covered in a homemade red sauce. They taste just like you ordered them at a Mexican restaurant!You'll love these amazing shredded pork smothered burritos, covered in a homemade red sauce. They taste just like you ordered them at a Mexican restaurant!
I love Mexican food… it’s my FAVORITE! Recently my son and his girlfriend got me “hooked” on Shredded Pork Smothered Burritos at a local restaurant!  When I saw a recipe on Pinterest for a recipe that looked similar, I was determined to try and make them at home!

A few days ago I made them! I ended up merging 2 recipes together, added a few tweaks of my own – and let me tell you…they were fantastic! Our oldest son joined us for dinner and we all agreed these were absolutely “restaurant quality” burritos!

My cooking experiment was a bit time-consuming, because I also made a homemade mole sauce (one of the ingredients in the red sauce) instead of going to the store and purchasing it (couldn’t help myself…I was curious).

I made enough of both sauces used in this recipe (mole and red) to make another batch of these delicious burritos in the future. My time investment will pay off next time I make these…and there will definitely be a next time!

Looking To Save Time When Making Shredded Pork Smothered Burritos?

If you want to make this meal quicker and easier to prepare, buy a can of mole sauce in the Hispanic section of your grocery store.

You can also use shredded rotisserie chicken or leftover pork or shredded roast beef, and it will shave down your prep time, with the same great results!

My other tip is to prepare the amazingly delicious red sauce ahead of time…then these will be really quick to prepare! *Did I mention how fantastic the homemade red sauce is? 

Making Homemade Red Sauce For Shredded Pork Smothered Burritos

Melt vegetable shortening in large pan on medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and continue whisking while the shortening and flour melt together and slightly begin to bubble. Add the mole sauce. Here is a link to my recipe: DIY Mexican Mole Sauce.

Making homemade mole sauce in large pan, to add to shredded pork smothered burritos.

Once the mole sauce has been incorporated, add the beef stock and whisk until sauce is smooth. Add in the rest of the spices and mix again. Whisk in the milk.

Beef stock and milk are added to mole sauce for shredded pork burritos. It cooks until thickened.

Mexican spices are added to mole sauce in large pan, for burritos.
Pour in the tomato sauce, tomato paste and the water. Whisk sauce until completely smooth; cover pot and let simmer for about an hour.
Make sure to stir the sauce about every 10-15 minutes to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Reheat the sauce when you are ready to assemble the shredded pork smothered burritos.
Homemade red sauce for shredded pork smothered burritos is complete after adding tomato paste and sauce to pan.

To Cook the Pork (or Chicken) For Burritos

For the sake of this recipe, I am going to start with the assumption that you already have cooked pork (or chicken or roast beef). I cooked a pork roast recently and found it easy to use the leftover pieces for this recipe.

I threw the pieces of pork back into a crock pot with a little bit of water and salsa and let it cook for a couple extra hours to be tender enough to shred.

If you don’t have leftovers, then plan ahead! Put a small seasoned pork roast or chicken breasts in a slow cooker with some water and salsa early in the morning. Let it cook…all day, in order to be “shred-able” when you are ready to build the burritos.

Seasoning The Shredded Pork

Saute the onions and peppers in a tsp. of oil in a large skillet, then add the shredded meat, onions, peppers, taco seasoning, and 1/4 cup water. Cook over medium high heat until water has cooked away and meat is thoroughly seasoned.

Cooked pork and onions are shredded for burrito filling.

Add 3 ladles of the red sauce to the meat; mix well to combine. Stir in precooked rice. Heat to serving temp, then keep heat on low, while assembling the burritos.

Homemade red sauce is added to shredded pork burrito filling in skillet, to season.
To Assemble Shredded Pork Smothered Burritos

Preheat your oven’s broiler. (Make sure your plates are oven-proof– just sayin’).
Warm the tortillas. Place a tortilla on each serving plate. Spread 2 heaping teaspoons of beans down the middle of each tortilla (don’t spread the beans all the way to the edges!).

Place 2-3 large spoonfuls of pork mixture on top of beans. Sprinkle with a bit of the cheese (not a lot – most of the cheese will go on top!) Roll the burrito up.

Make the first fold shown in the photo below. Fold both side edges up; finish rolling forward, then carefully flip the burrito over, seam side down onto serving plate.

Flour tortilla is folded over the shredded pork filling.

Ladle red sauce over the top of burrito; sprinkle with a good amount of cheese like this:

Shredded Pork Smothered Burrito is covered with red sauce, then grated cheddar and jack cheese before heating.

Place the ovenproof plate a few inches from the broiler and heat until cheese has melted. Carefully remove plate (remember it will be HOT!).

Garnish the top of each of the shredded pork smothered burritos with shredded lettuce, dollops of guacamole and sour cream, and cilantro.

Shredded Pork Smothered Burritos are garnished with sour cream, guacamole, lettuce and cilantro for serving.

Serve (remember plates are hot) and ENJOY! These shredded pork smothered burritos are truly wonderful! They taste like they were ordered in a restaurant.

The homemade red sauce tastes very authentic and awesome! It’s really worth the extra effort to make!

A look at the inside of shredded pork smothered burritos! YUM.
I really hope you enjoy these delicious shredded pork smothered burritos. Have a great day!

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Recipe adapted from: http: www.nutmegnanny.com/2013/05/03/smothered-burritos-tortilla-land-giveaway/
Shredded Pork Smothered Burritos
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
33 mins
 
You'll love these amazing shredded pork smothered burritos, covered in a homemade red sauce. They taste just like you ordered them at a Mexican restaurant!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: shredded pork smothered burritos
Servings: 6 burritos
Calories Per Serving: 1012 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Homemade Red Sauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon mole sauce (heaping Tablespoon) (found in Hispanic section)
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce (two 8 oz. cans)
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
For Burritos
  • 3 cups precooked pork , shredded (can substitute shredded chicken or beef if you prefer)
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/2 medium onion , chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper , chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked white rice
  • 16 oz. can spicy refried beans
  • 3 ladles prepared Red Sauce
  • 6 flour tortillas (burrito size)
  • 2 cups Pepper Jack cheese , grated
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese , grated
  • 1/2 cup guacamole (for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce (for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro , chopped (for garnish)
Instructions
To Make Homemade Red Sauce:
  1. Melt vegetable shortening in large pan on medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and continue whisking while the shortening and flour melt together and slightly begin to bubble. Add the mole sauceOnce the mole sauce has been incorporated, add the beef stock and whisk until sauce is smooth. Add in the rest of the spices and mix again. Whisk in the milk.
  2. Pour in the tomato sauce, tomato paste and the water. Whisk sauce until completely smooth; cover pot and let simmer for about an hour. Make sure to stir the sauce about every 10-15 minutes to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Reheat the sauce when you are ready to assemble burritos.
For Burrito Filling:
  1. For sake of this recipe, I am going to start with the assumption that you already have pre-cooked pork (chicken or beef). If not, then throw a small seasoned pork roast, beef roast or chicken breasts in the crock pot with some water and salsa...and let it cook...all day, in order to be "shred-able".

  2. Saute the onions and peppers in a tsp. of oil in a large skillet, then add the shredded meat, onions, peppers, taco seasoning, and 1/4 cup water. Cook over medium high heat until water has cooked away and meat is thoroughly seasoned.
  3. Add 3 ladles of the red sauce to the meat; mix well to combine. Stir in precooked rice. Heat to serving temp, then keep heat on low, while assembling the burritos.
To Assemble Burritos:
  1. Preheat your oven's broiler. (Make sure your plates are oven-proof). Warm the tortillas. Place a tortilla on each serving plate. Spread 2 heaping teaspoons of beans down the middle of each tortilla (don't spread the beans all the way to the edges!). Place 2-3 large spoonfuls of pork mixture on top of beans. Sprinkle with a bit of the cheese (not a lot - most of the cheese will go on top!) Roll the burrito up. Make the first fold like this (see below), then fold both side edges up; finish rolling forward, then carefully flip the burrito over, seam side down onto serving plate.

  2. Ladle red sauce over the top of burrito and sprinkle with a good amount of cheese. Place the ovenproof plate a few inches from the broiler and heat until cheese has melted. Carefully remove plate (remember it will be HOT!).

  3. Garnish the top of burrito with shredded lettuce, dollops of guacamole and sour cream, and cilantro. Serve (remember plates are hot) and ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: The estimated caloric calculation does not include the optional garnishes of sour cream, guacamole, shredded lettuce, and cilantro. NOTE: The prep time does not include time to cook/shred pork. 

Nutrition Facts
Shredded Pork Smothered Burritos
Amount Per Serving (1 burrito)
Calories 1012 Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value*
Fat 53g82%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 3632mg158%
Potassium 1087mg31%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 3100IU62%
Vitamin C 24.9mg30%
Calcium 744mg74%
Iron 7.2mg40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments on Shredded Pork Smothered Burritos

  1. I made these and actually made my mole and red sauces as you had stated. I do have a question, if I were to serve these to approximately 20 people can I fold these burritos and place them in a large pan and reheat them all together and then pour the red sauce over the 20 burritos, once close to heated through sprinkle the cheese and allow to melt and serve that way?

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