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Loaded Nacho Arepas
Serves 4 to 6
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Courtesy of Ernesto’s Wine Bar’s Jimmy Hippchen | Photo by Carmen Troesser
October 2015

Loaded Nacho Arepas
Read the article: The Morning After: How to upgrade your leftovers


1 2-lb. skin-on pork shoulder
Kosher salt
½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. canola oil, divided
1 lb. chorizo
About 1 lb. leftover loaded nachos (no meat)
¾ cup milk
1 cup flour, plus more if needed
Juice of 1 lime


• In a large baking dish, liberally salt the pork shoulder. Refrigerate uncovered 1 hour.
• Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
• Coat the pork with 2 tablespoons canola oil. Roast 2½ hours, until the skin is crisp and a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part reaches 187 degrees. Let rest until cool enough to handle, then roughly chop into 2-inch pieces. Set aside.
• Meanwhile, in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, saute the chorizo until the fat renders, about 4 minutes. Add the roast pork pieces and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
• In the bowl of a food processor, purée the loaded nachos into a thick paste. Scoop 1 cup nacho purée into a large mixing bowl and whisk in the milk. Add the flour to the mixture and fold with a rubber spatula until a pliable dough forms. Use your hands to roll the dough into golf ball-sized balls, then flatten into discs.
• Heat the remaining ½ cup canola oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. (The oil is hot enough when a bit of dough sizzles in the pan.) Working in batches, fry the arepas until crisp and golden on 1 side, about 2 minutes. Flip and fry another 2 minutes. Remove and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
• To serve, top each arepa with the pork mixture. Squeeze lime juice over each serving.

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