Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pumpkin Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls

Pumpkin Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #virtualpumpkinpartyIf you can't get enough pumpkin this October, have no fear. Sara at Cake Over Steak decided to throw a #virtualpumpkinparty, and invited over 70 bloggers to share all things pumpkin! We're basically going full-on pumpkin cannon on the internet today! 

Pumpkin Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #virtualpumpkinparty I knew right away I wanted to make something savory for the pumpkin party. And I knew right away I wanted it to be something Mexican-inspired with a heavy dose of fall flavors. Enter: pumpkin pulled pork burrito bowls! 
Pumpkin Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #virtualpumpkinparty Pork, cooked until tender and shreddy, in a mixture of pureed pumpkin, apple cider, and warm fall spices like cinnamon and cloves combined with Mexican flavors like cumin and chili powder. When its done, the pork is in a thick pumpkiny sauce, which is amazing piled on top of rice and beans, and topped with cool, creamy avocado, fresh cabbage and cilantro, pepitas and baked tortilla strips for crunch, and a dollop of sour cream. Tons of texture and flavor! All things burrito and all things fall in one bowl!  
Pumpkin Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #virtualpumpkinparty

Pumpkin Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls
Cooked white or brown rice mixed with a bit of chopped cilantro, fresh lime juice, and a pinch of salt
Pinto beans, cooked and warmed
Pumpkin pulled pork (recipe below)
Thinly sliced cabbage
Diced or sliced avocado
Pepitas/ roasted pumpkin seeds
Tortilla chips or baked tortilla strips 
Sour cream
Hot sauce

Layer ingredients in bowl, in order listed. Use as much or little of each item as desired. 

Pumpkin Pulled Pork
Makes enough for about 4 burrito bowls

1.5 lb pork shoulder or loin
1 small can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix, make sure it’s just pumpkin. Or use homemade, about 2 cups)
1/2 cup apple cider 
Juice of half a lime (reserve other half for rice)
1/2 white onion, diced
Two cloves garlic, minced
half teaspoon of each: cumin, cinnamon, chili powder, oregano
Two whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350. 

Trim major fat off of pork shoulder (ok to leave a little bit, but get as much as you can), and cut pork into 4-5 big chunks, and pat dry. 

On the stovetop, heat a large oven-proof stockpot over medium-high. Sear each pork piece, just 1-2 pieces at a time, (too many in the pot will make it steam) on each side until just browned. 

Whisk together pumpkin, cider, lime, onion, garlic, spices, cloves, salt and pepper, and pour into pot with all the seared pork chunks. 

Bake covered for about 3 hours, until pork is tender enough to shred easily with a fork. Check after about 2 hours, and add 1/2 cup of water if sauce seems too thick.  

Right in the pot, shred with a fork and stir into the sauce (remove any fat pieces that might be in there). The pork should be fall-apart tender.

Pumpkin Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls // Loves Food, Loves to Eat #virtualpumpkinparty

Wait, there’s more! 
An insane amount of delicious pumpkin recipes await you. From cookies, cakes, and milkshakes to pastas, soups, and cocktails! Check out all the other Virtual Pumpkin Party participants:

Savory things:
B. Britnell: Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Macaroni 
I Am a Food Blog: Roasted Pumpkin and Pork Stuffed Shells 
Well and Full: Harissa-Spiced Pumpkin Gnocchi 
Two Red Bowls: Pumpkin & Caramelized Onion Galette 

Breakfast things:
A Couple Cooks: Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter 
Girl Versus Dough: Pumpkin Challah 
Kitchen Konfidence: Yeasted Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Ginger 
Chocolate + Marrow: Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Butter Swirl 
Salt & Wind: Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins with Pepita Streusel 
A Cookie Named Desire: Pumpkin Crepes with Cinnamon Ginger Cheesecake 
Erin Made This: Pumpkin Rye Waffles with Coconut Caramel 
Brewing Happiness: Caramelized Apple Pumpkin Muffins
The Speckled Palate: Pumpkin Brown Butter Streusel Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze
Tasty Yummies: Grain-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
The Little Epicurean: Maple Pumpkin Butter Brioche Toast
Vigor and Sage: Maple Pumpkin Harvest Smoothie

The Fauxmartha: Baked Pumpkin Donuts
The Sugar Hit: Pumpkin Everything Bagels

Dessert things:
Cake Over Steak: Pumpkin Ginger Cookies with a Vanilla Glaze 
Snixy Kitchen: Black Sesame Pumpkin Mochi Cake 
Hungry Girl por Vida:  Pumpkin Chocolate Crumb Cake 
Donuts, Dresses and Dirt: Pumpkin Spice Latte Truffles 
The Frosted Vegan: Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Gingersnaps 
Warm Vanilla Sugar: Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Ice Cream + Affogato 
An Edible Mosaic: Pumpkin Spice Latte Snack Cake with Brown Butter Buttercream 
The Pig & Quill: Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes with Pumpkin Spice Caramel + Coconut Cream 
Nommable: Pumpkin Moon Pies 
The Crepes of Wrath: Pumpkin Pie Cake 
The Swirling Spoon: Pumpkin Hand Pies 
Beard and Bonnet: Pumpkin Spice Pizzelle Ice Cream Sandwiches 
My Name is Yeh: Pumpkin Slice and Bake Cookies 
Broma Bakery: Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Brownies 
Sprinkled with Jules: Pumpkin Spice French Macarons 
Feast + West: Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Toffee Bark 
Fix Feast Flair: Japanese Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with Quick Caramel 
Appeasing a Food Geek: Pumpkin Ale Cake 
Long Distance Baking: Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream + Pumpkin Pancakes
Fork Vs. Spoon: Pumpkin Buttermilk Pudding
Alyssa & Carla: Pumpkin Tea Bread (in a Coffee Can!)
Twin Stripe: Pumpkin Spice Toffee 

Southern Soufflé: Sorghum Pumpkin Soufflés
Biscuits and Such:  Pumpkin Pound Cake
A Little Saffron: Spiced Pepita Brittle
Farmette: "Tis Different" Pumpkin Pie

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