San Franciscans love giant burritos packed with a dinner plate's worth of food, and these are outstanding. For less indulgent burritos, omit the guacamole, sour cream, and cheese, and make six instead of four. You'll need two 18-in.-long metal skewers or four 10-in. ones for grilling the meat.
2 ounces (4 to 6) dried ancho, new Mexico, or California chiles (see Quick Tip below)
1/3 cup tequila
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 1/4 pounds pork shoulder (butt), fat trimmed
1/2 cup long-grain white rice
1/4 cup canned tomato sauce
1 can (15 oz.) pinto or red beans
4 large (13 in.) or 6 regular-size (10 in.) flour tortillas
1 1/4 cups store-bought or homemade guacamole
1/3 cup crema (Mexican cultured cream; see Quick Tip below) or sour cream
1 cup crumbled cotija cheese (also called queso añejo; see Quick Tip below) or shredded jack cheese
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 2/3 cups classic Salsa Fresca or store-bought red salsa, divided
How to Make It
Wipe chiles clean with a damp cloth and remove stems and seeds. Chop in a blender until finely ground. Add tequila, lemon juice, 1/4 cup water, garlic, oil, oregano, and 3/4 tsp. salt; blend until smooth.
Cut pork across grain into slices 1/2 in. thick and 3 to 4 in. long. In a bowl, add meat to marinade. Chill at least 15 minutes and up to 24 hours.
Lift meat from marinade and thread strips onto skewers. Lay skewers parallel and about 2 in. apart on a baking sheet. Pat marinade onto meat.
Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for direct medium-high heat. Lay skewered meat on oiled cooking grate (close lid on gas grill). Cook, turning often, until meat is well browned and crusty, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a 1 1/2- to 2-qt. pan over high heat, bring 3/4 cup water, the rice, tomato sauce, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
About 5 minutes before meat is done, put beans and their liquid in a 1-qt. pan and cook over medium-high heat until bubbling, about 5 minutes.
Lift cooked meat to a platter and cover with foil. Heat 1 or 2 tortillas at a time on grill until lightly browned but still soft, turning once, 30 to 40 seconds. Stack on platter beneath foil to keep warm.
Preheat oven to 200°. Warm serving plates in oven. Remove meat from skewers to a board and cut into 1/4-in.-wide strips. Lay tortillas flat. Toward one side of each, fill with guacamole, crema, pork, beans (including most of liquid), rice, cheese, and cilantro; divide 1 cup salsa among burritos. Fold over sides and roll up tightly to enclose. Work quickly during assembly to keep burritos hot, and serve on warm plates; if burritos cool off, you can wrap each one in lightly oiled foil and heat in a 350° oven for 10 to 20 minutes. Serve remaining salsa in a bowl to add to taste.
Quick Tip: Buy ancho chiles, crema, and cotija cheese at a Mexican market or other specialty-foods store.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per large burrito.
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